Our first stop at Golden Gate Park was the De Young Art Museum, to climb the Hamon Observation Tower, which had been closed during our last visit. Up at the top of the tower we had 360 degree views out over the park and beyond. At this point near the end of our trip it was nice to be able to look out and see some of the places we had been over the course of the week.
Once we found the only cab in town, it was straight to Japantown - bit of a theme emerging here. Japantown was once the largest Japanese enclave outside of Japan, covering around 30 city blocks. However, after Imperial Japan’s attacks on Pearl Harbour during WWII, anyone of Japanese descent was relocated from the Pacific Coast and interned.
Today, the area of Japantown covers around 6 city blocks and really is like entering a little Japan. The smell of the food fills the area, with a wide selection of sushi places arranged around a central square. Being hungry once again, we settled in a great little sushi restaurant and shared a couple of plates of sashimi, sushi and one gigantic, American-sized bento box.
So ended our awesome trip to San Francisco. A great time was had, and we definitely plan to return to California in the future! In case you missed them, here are links to our other blog posts about our time in San Francisco and area:
- A Week in San Francisco (Part I)
- Napa Valley Monday
- A Week in San Francisco (Part II)
- Yosemite Wednesday
- A Week in San Francisco (Part III)
- Muir Woods Friday
And here are some more photos from the last day of our trip: