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Next Stop Little Tokyo | Go Little Tokyo
Trick or Treat in Little Tokyo!
Next Stop Little Tokyo is your curated guide to one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant neighborhoods. Presented by Go Little Tokyo, these bi-weekly itineraries keep you in-the-know on all the best dining, shopping, arts and cultural destinations while giving you the tools to navigate and explore the streets of Little Tokyo in a whole new way.
 
 
TYPE
Family Daycation
 
 
APPROXIMATE TIME
3 hours
 
 
COST ($ = $20.00)
 
 
DISTANCE MEASURE
0.6 MI
1
Take the Metro Gold Line and get off at the Little Tokyo / Arts District Station at the corner of Alameda St and 1st St. Once you exit the station, cross Alameda St and continue walking north-west on 1st St for about a block, until you reach the entry of the Japanese Village Plaza on the south side of the street.
 
If you are biking, park your bike at one of the public sidewalk bike racks on 1st St, between Judge John Aiso St and Central Ave. Make your way to the south side of 1st St and find the entry of the Japanese Village Plaza, a few steps west of the Central Ave and 1st St intersection.  
 
If you are driving, park at the Aiso Street Parking Garage at the corner of Judge John Aiso St and 1st St and enter off of Judge John Aiso St. If you enter the lot after 5pm, flat rate parking is only $3.00. Once you exit the lot, cross Judge John Aiso St and walk south-east on 1st St until you reach the entrance of the Japanese Village Plaza on the south side of the street.
 
2
 
Put on your costumes and bring the family to the Japanese Village Plaza to celebrate Halloween this year Little Tokyo style! From 4pm-7pm, enjoy Halloween-themed performances on the Japanese Village Plaza main stage and go trick-or-treating at businesses marked with an orange ribbon on their door. Parents, get some quick shopping in while you and your kids go door-to-door! The Japanese Village Plaza is home to 40+ shops and restaurants offering anything from traditional crafts, artisan coffee, the latest sneakers, kids toys and boutique clothing.
 
Participating Halloween businesses include:
Monkey Pants, The Hob Nob Shop, Zakanaka,
 Blooming Art Gallery,
 Cafe Dulce,
 Japangeles,
 Jason Markk Flagship Store,
 Make Asobi,
 Yamazaki Bakery,
 Nijiya Market,
 Mikawaya,
 Sushi & Teri,
 Sanrio,
 Kools Clothing Store,
 Footland Sports and many more! Be sure to stop by Monkey Pants for some Witches Brew and Halloween cupcakes for the kids (while supplies last).
Japanese Village Plaza
 
3
 
After meandering through the Japanese Village Plaza and collecting yummy treats, head over to Kouraku Restaurant for some authentic Japanese comfort food. Exit through the south end of the Japanese Village Plaza onto 2nd St, then cross to the south side of the street. Turn right and walk a few steps west until you reach Kouraku Restaurant.

As one of Little Tokyo’s favorite family diners, Kouraku offers up steaming bowls of ramen, sizzling gyoza (fried dumplings) and savory omu-rice (fried rice filled omelet). Opening its doors in 1976, many claim Kouraku Restaurant to be the first Japanese ramen noodle restaurant in the United States. Come taste a bit of Little Tokyo history!
Kouraku Restaurant
 
4
End your Little Tokyo Halloween adventure with some fresh, made-to-order, seasonal ice cream for dessert. After leaving Kouraku, cross over to the north side of 2nd St and walk eastward for half a block, until you reach the Ice Cream Lab on your left.
 
Utilizing liquid nitrogen as the style of preparation to instantly freeze different natural ingredients into ice cream, watch the Ice Cream Lab "technicians" whip up a tasty frozen science experiment in a puff of smoke and magic! For a limited time, try their seasonal Halloween Candy Corn flavored ice cream.
Ice Cream Lab Little Tokyo
 
  
If you took the Metro, make a left after leaving the Ice Cream Lab and walk east on 2nd St until you reach Central Ave. Turn left and head north on Central Ave until you reach 1st St. Turn right on 1st St and walk to the intersection of 1st St and Alameda, and catch the Metro Gold Line at the Little Tokyo / Arts District Station on the north-east corner of the intersection. 

If you rode your bike and parked on 1st St, between Judge John Aiso St and Central Ave, turn left after leaving the Ice Cream Lab and walk east until you reach Central Ave. Turn left on Central Ave and walk north until you reach 1st St to find your bike.

If you drove, turn left after leaving Ice Cream Lab and walk east on 2nd St until you reach Central Ave. Turn left on Central Ave and walk north until you reach 1st St. Turn left on 1st St and walk north-west on 1st St until you reach the intersection of 1st St and Judge John Aiso St. Make your way to the Aiso Street Parking Garage on the north-west corner of the intersection.
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ABOUT GO LITTLE TOKYO
Go Little Tokyo is a community led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. As one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant cultural hubs, there is an abundance of destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood, and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them.
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Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro.
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