Little Tokyo Historic District

301--369 First and 106--120 San Pedro Sts., Los Angeles, California



Known to its residents as Japantown, Little Tokyo Historic District is a small commercial district that served as a haven and foothold in America for arriving Japanese immigrants, and became the focus of the country's largest Japanese-American community before World War II. Though it has lost a signifcant part of its former size, the district nevertheless remains the historical focal point for the Japanese-Americans of Greater Los Angeles; it illustrates the historical development of the major Japanese-American community on the U.S. mainland and symbolizes the hardships and obstacles that this ethnic group has overcome. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 12, 1995

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 22, 1986
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Modern Movement: Art Deco
Areas of significance
Commerce; Ethnic Heritage - Asian; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Single dwelling; Business
Current functions
Religious structure; Single dwelling; Business
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 9
Non-contributing buildings: 4