Japanese American Remembrance Trail
SAT | FEB 22 | 10:30 AM
Explore the Japanese American Remembrance Trail, an urban hike in Seattle’s original Japantown from Pioneer Square to the Chinatown-International District to the Central District. Visit Japantown past and present – from early pioneers to the World War II era to community life today. Immerse yourself in the personal stories of resilience, and explore connections to today.
Our popular tours sell out very quickly. If you have purchased a ticket, please arrive at a minimum 15-minutes before the start of your tour. After this time, if you have not arrived, your ticket will be released to another patron.
Get your walking shoes ready
Use this map and website to find all 42 sites, past and present, on the Trail. See our Site Descriptions to find out more about each site. Stop in at the many cultural organizations and businesses to learn even more.
Pick up our Japanese American Remembrance Trail map for free from our Trail Anchors and many shops, restaurants and organizations along the Trail. Download our map here. We also have a Japanese language version of the map.
幸运快3Most people walk ¼ mile in 5 minutes. To walk across the map from west to east would take 20 minutes.
Day of Remembrance Guided Tour
FEB 22, 2020 10:30AM – 12PM
幸运快3In commemoration of Executive Order 9066, signed February 19th, 1942, join us on a special guided tour of Seattle’s Nihonmachi – a neighborhood forever altered by the incarceration and forced relocation of Japanese American citizens and their families.
. Tour begins at Wing Luke Museum.
Take a Guided Tour
幸运快3 Japanese American Remembrance Trial. Hotel NP on 6th Ave. S. Photo by Alabastro Photography.
The Wing offers neighborhood walking tours including sites along the Trail.
Private group tours also are available. A good choice for families, coworkers, community groups, book clubs and schools to create a unique experience, guiding you through the stories of the Japanese American community along the Trail. For more info or to reserve your tour, call 206.623.5124 ext 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Trail Anchor
1414 S Weller St
Historic landmark featuring the Seattle Japanese Language School. Community gathering place for Japanese art, culture and history
West Trail Anchor
319 2nd Ave S
Gold rush museum located in the historic Cadillac Hotel
Central Trail Anchor
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St
Features art, history and cultural exhibits on pan-Asian Pacific American community
Site Descriptions 1 - 20
Site descriptions include address, short overview, select images and additional stories。 YouthCAN artwork also featured for select sites。
* indicates “Vanished Site”
1. Wing Luke Museum – 719 S King St (Trail Anchor)
Nippon Kan scrim on display here shows ads from many Japantown businesses. Includes exhibits and guided tours.
Entry Canopy (left) and Door Pulls (right) by artist Gerard Tsutakawa. Alabastro Photography
*2. Kokusai Theater – 412 Maynard Ave S
Samurai movies were popular!
3. Tsutakawa Sculpture – Maynard Ave S & S Jackson St
Created in 1978 by artist George Tsutakawa known for his bronze sculptures and fountains.
4. Maynard Ave Green Street – Maynard Ave S & S Jackson St
Design honors the Japanese American experience.
5. Nihonmachi Alley – Jackson St between 6th & Maynard Ave
Artwork by Amy Nikaitani about 4 businesses – Kokusai Theater, Maneki, Uwajimaya and Sagamiya Confectionary.
6. Chiyo’s Garden – Jackson St between 6th & Maynard Ave
Pays tribute to Chiyo Murakami and evokes the spirit of children growing up in Japantown. Nihonmachi Fence shows the rise and fall of Seattle’s Japanese American population.
7. Kaname Izakaya and Shochu Bar – 612 S Jackson St
Run by the Kuniyuki family with Japanese tasting dishes, shochu cocktails and sake.
8. KOBO at Higo – 602-608 S Jackson St
Sanzo and Matsuyo Murakami opened Higo 10 Cents Store here in 1932. Now an artist gallery and store that includes an exhibit about the family’s experience before, during and after WWII.
9. Momo – 600 S Jackson St
Once the Jackson Loan Office, business owners Julius Blumenthal and Maurice Zimmer took care of the building for the Murakami family during WWII. Now a boutique blending Asian and European influences.
10. Jackson Building Warehouse – 312 6th Ave S
Storefront windows feature a display on the Jackson Building, a Story of Resilience.
11. NP Hotel – 304-310 6th Ave S
Built in 1914. Visiting dignitaries and baseball teams from Japan usually stayed at this hotel.
12. Maneki – 304 6th Ave S
幸运快3 Seattle’s first sushi bar. Over 100 years old, named one of “America’s Classics” by the James Beard Foundation.
13. Main Street School Annex – 307 6th Ave S
Built around 1906. Served many Asian immigrant children, until December 21, 1921 when students marched up Jackson Street to newly built Bailey Gatzert School.
14. Panama Hotel Sento – 6th Ave S and S Main St
New gate marks entrance to communal bathhouse, the only one preserved intact in the US. Served many Nikkei before WWII, who came to soak in the baths after school, dinner and sports.
15. Panama Hotel – 605 ½ S Main St
Built in 1910 by architect Sabro Ozasa. Japanese American families stored their personal belongings here during the WWII incarceration. Many of the trunks and suitcases are on view in the Hotel’s Tea & Coffee House.
16. Tokuda Drugs – 609 S Main St
Started in 1935 by George Tokuda, who met his future wife Tama in 1942 in the Minidoka concentration camp. The two restarted the drugstore after the War, moving several times before settling in this location. WA State public education program on the history and lessons of the WWII forced removal and incarceration is named in honor of son Kip who originally developed the fund in WA while serving as State legislator.
17. Nippon Kan – 628 S Washington St
Built in 1909, this former Japanese theater hosted international stars of traditional performances along with local dance groups.
*18. Japanese American Courier – 214 5th Ave S
Started by Jimmy Sakamoto, first Japanese American newspaper printed entirely in English in the US.
19. Hirabayashi Place – 442 S Main St
Located at the south entrance, a mural by Roger Shimomura depicts the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, who resisted the WWII forced removal.
20. Furuya Company – 240 2nd Ave S
Founded in 1892. Started as a tailor shop, then grew into retail, import-export, labor contracting and banking business.
Site Descriptions 21 - 42
21. Waterfall Garden Park – 219 2nd Ave S
Designed by Masao Kinoshita, who was incarcerated in Rohwer concentration camp during WWII and later served in the US Military Intelligence Service.
22. Cadillac Hotel – 168 S Jackson St
Run by Kamekichi and Haruko Tokita family from 1913 until WWII forced their removal and incarceration. Present location of the NPS Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
23. King Street Station – 303 S Jackson St
As tensions heightened leading up to WWII, Japanese American porters were replaced by Filipino Americans who wore large “Filipino” identification buttons.
By artist Tramy Nguyen
24. Nagomi Tea House – 519 6th Ave S
幸运快3 Spotlights a traditional Japanese Chashitsu tea house.
Co-location for Nagomi Tea House and North American Post. Alabastro Photography
25. North American Post – 519 6th Ave S
Oldest Japanese-language newspaper published in the Pacific Northwest.
26. Uwajimaya – 600 5th Ave S
Started in 1928 by Fujimatsu and Sadako Moriguchi. This flagship store opened in 2000.
幸运快3Entry plaza on building south side。 Alabastro Photography
27. INS Building – 815 Seattle Blvd S
Used to detain Issei (first generation) Japanese community and business leaders amid wartime hysteria and racism that followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
*28. Puget Sound Hotel – 718 6th Ave S
When WA State law forbade Japanese immigrants from purchasing land, a Jewish attorney bought the property for the Nishimura family. Once the second largest hotel in Seattle with 444 rooms.
29. Nikkei Manor – 700 6th Ave S
Opened in 1998, this assisted living facility includes a therapeutic garden.
Main entry (left) and detail of garden entry (center). Alabastro Photography. Painting by artist Andrea Martinez (right)
30. Bush Garden – 614 Maynard Ave S
Opened in this location on June 9, 1957 by father and son Kaichi and Ron Seko. Seattle’s largest Japanese restaurant in the 1960s with 40 tatami rooms on 2 floors. Known for its karaoke, offered since 1970s.
Main entry (left) and the restaurant’s iconic sign (right). Alabastro Photography
*31. Cherry Land Florist – 905 S Jackson St
Opened in 1932 by Tamano and J.M. Kobata. Started as a small grocery store and grew into large retail flower shop.
By artist Julia Seuferling
32. Nichiren Buddhist Church – 1042 S Weller St
Designed by Kichio Allen Arai in 1928. Approximately 300 people attended the elaborate 2-day inaugural ceremony.
*33. Reliance Hospital – 416 ½ 12th Ave S
Open from 1913-1925, first and only hospital in Seattle built primarily to serve Japanese immigrant patients.
34. Nisei Veterans Committee Hall – 1212 S King St
Built in 1938 as dojo for the Kendo Kai, who transferred it to the NVC in 1951. Outdoor memorial wall honors veterans and WWII incarcerees.
幸运快3Outdoor memorial wall with educational displays. Alabastro Photography
35. Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington – 1414 S Weller St
Featuring Northwest Nikkei Museum, includes historical art and artifacts.
36. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church – 1610 S King St
Church formed in late 19th c. by small group of Japanese Anglicans. Original building completed in 1932.
37. Washington State Labor Council – 321 16th Ave S
Exterior mural with scenes from WA State’s labor history, including the Japanese American WWII incarceration shown on the building’s south side.
38. Seattle Buddhist Church – 1427 S Main St
Betsuin temple dedicated October 4, 1941. Site of US Maritime Commission Office during WWII. Holds annual Bon Odori celebration. Densho, which preserves WWII testimonies of Japanese Americans, located behind the church.
Alabastro Photography (left). Artwork by artist Emily Efird (right).
*39. Collin’s Playfield – 16th Ave between Main & Washington St
Originally took up 2 entire blocks. Run from 1913-1971, neighborhood youth from different ethnic backgrounds came together to play baseball and basketball here.
40. Keiro Rehabilitation & Care Center – 1601 E Yesler Way
Skilled nursing facility started by 7 Nisei (second generation) to meet cultural, social, language and dietary needs of elderly Nikkei.
41. Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple – 1518 S Washington St
Offers Moon Meditation classes in its meditation dojo.
42. Seattle Dojo – 1510 S Washington St
Oldest judo dojo in the US. Established in 1902. Present site built in 1930s.
Alabastro Photography (left). Artwork by Karime Martinez (right).
Get your walking shoes ready and add to your daily steps! The Trail is a great way to get outside, be active and explore Seattle.
Safety and accessibility
This is an urban hike. Always watch for moving vehicles at intersections and cross with care. The Trail is located in three historic neighborhoods, with various sidewalk conditions and street inclines.
Sample walks and fitness activities
Here are some fitness activities along the Trail:
Hiro’s Walk (0.5 mile)
Start at Site #29 Nikkei Manor. Head west to 6th Ave S, past Site #26, 25 and 24. Walk north to S Jackson St. Head east to Maynard Ave S, past, Site #9, 8, 7 and 4. Head south to S Lane St, past Site #3, 2 and 30, back to Nikkei Manor.
Hiro Nishimura, a World War II military veteran and a current resident of neighborhood assisted living home Nikkei Mano. Now in his 90’s, Hiro would take a walk in the neighborhood every day.
Nippon Kan Hill Climb Challenge
Start at Site #9 Momo. Head north on 6th Ave S, past Site #10, 11, 12, 13, 14. Continue up 6th Ave S to S Washington St. Head east on S Washington St to Site #17 Nippon Kan.
This challenge takes you straight through the Japantown core. The first stretch includes two blocks of hill climbs. Turn east for yet another steep climb to reach the Nippon Kan.
Nippon Kan Hill Climb Challenge – Extended
Start at Site #22 Cadillac Hotel. Head north on 2nd Ave S, to Site #21 and 20. Turn east on S Main St, then north on 4th Ave S, past Site #19 Hirabayashi Place. Head east on S Washington St to Site #17 Nippon Kan.
This challenge starts gradual in Pioneer Square。 After a slight one-block walk up and over a bridge that crosses sub-ground railroad tracks, head north to S Washington St for an intensive three-block hill climb up to the Nippon Kan。
East Trail Hill Climb Challenge – Mini
Start at the Streetcar Stop at 14th Ave S & S Washington St. Head east up S Washington St, past Site #39, 42 and 41.
This two-block challenge brings you through a quiet residential street.
East Trail Hill Climb Challenge – Intensive
幸运快3 Start at Site #35 Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington. Head north on 16th Ave S, past Site #36, to S Jackson St.
Just two blocks long, but it’s a doozy. Get your heart pumping up this hill climb challenge through a quiet residential street. End the climb with a view to Site #37 Washington State Labor Council. (The Trail turns west at S Jackson St towards Rainier Ave S. There is no crosswalk at 16th Ave S & S Jackson St, so beware of cross traffic at this intersection.)
In the News
Sponsors and Community Partners
Produced by the Friends of Japantown and Beyond
National Park Service Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
幸运快3 Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Aging and Disability Services
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
With generous support from
Neighborhood Matching Fund from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Core project team
Core planning group
Brian J. Jaeger
Elaine Ikoma Ko
幸运快3 Sherry Williams
幸运快3 Alabastro Photography
Roldy Ablao, YouthCAN Manager
Annie Li, YouthCAN Assistant