Little Tokyo

A quick trip to Tokyo!

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What to do here

Little Tokyo is the ultimate destination for some of the best Japanese food and goods in Southern California! We frequently stopped here for our mochi fix. With lots of Japanese restaurants and stores here, this is a perfect place for anyone craving for sushi, red bean cake or mochi so you can find a big crowd here.

Little Tokyo entrance

Little Tokyo entrance

After entering, one can easily find the wishing tree with lots of little papers on it:

Wishing tree

Wishing tree

Mikawaya

If you find yourself in Little Tokyo, do not miss this place. It offers the best and freshest mochi you can ever find in Southern California. You may find this brand in some local Trader Joe’s, Costco or some Asian markets, but they do not taste as good as those in this store. I often buy them from my local Trader Joe’s but they only offer 3-4 flavors, not as many as here, so I sometimes drive all the way from Orange County to here just for these ice cream balls!

The green tea one is always in my list and it is usually sold out pretty quickly!

Green tea mochi

Green tea mochi

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Green tea and mango mochi

You may find green tea gelato in the cup taste better and fresher than the green tea mochi so try it too. It’s super good!

Green tea gelato

Green tea gelato

Besides green tea, this place offers lots of other flavors like red bean, coconut (good too!), taro, chocolate, etc. and they can sell out those flavors too if you come here at night. The line here is usually really long but the store is pretty small so it may not be comfortable eating inside the store.

Other flavors

Other flavors

They do parking validation if you pay more than $5 so make sure that you bring your parking tickets here.

Ramen

We had various ramen bowls at Mr Ramen as we were pretty hungry and we could not find any restaurants without a long line here! You can find it by crossing the 1st

Mr Ramen

Mr Ramen

They have various kinds of Ramen here and they are pretty different from what you can find in other Ramen restaurants. We tasted about 5-6 different tastes from curry to chashu but to be honest, this is not as good as the one we have in Orange County as most are pretty bland and oily. I’d pass this place if you can find other restaurants around here.

Other places

We went into several shops here to browse some Japanese stuffs like Japanese chopsticks and bowls made in Japan. They are very pricey here as one small piece is $3-4. My relatives bought a few kimonos and Japanese sandals here but I usually pass those Japanese goods as I think the price kills the deal here.

Bonsai

Bonsai

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There is sometimes live music in the little square inside Little Tokyo and it is fun to just stay there and enjoy the atmosphere here:

Musician

Musician singing in the middle of Little Tokyo

About

Alex is a Software Engineer at Google, an educator and an amateur photographer living in the beautiful Orange County

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