Hidden Gems in LA: Little Tokyo, Olvera Street, and Union Station

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Kyle
Quality Verified Registered on August 25, 2023

Having been a tour guide for ten years in three different cities (New Orleans, New York City, and Los Angeles), I've had a lot of time learning the best ways to see different places by foot and discover the secrets you may not find otherwise. The best trips I've ever taken were in India, Cuba, Japan, and throughout South America. I love to meet people from abroad and spend time learning about them.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Explore the cultural heritage of Los Angeles by visiting its oldest and most unique neighborhoods! Though founded in the 1700s, most people only think of movies when they think of LA. Rarely do tourists visit the lesser-known locations of Little Tokyo and Olvera Street.

On this tour, we will walk through its earliest historical past as well as see some of its most important buildings. 

We will learn about:

  • Little Tokyo, its restaurants and where to find authentic Japanese food.
  • Famous locations in the neighborhood and its resilience in face of struggle during the Internment Camp era.
  • City Hall, when it got built and why it's one of the most famous buildings on the West Coast.
  • Olvera Street, its connections to the earliest history of Los Angeles and what it is today.
  • Union Station, its amazing architecture and glory days of the past.

You'll definitely enjoy learning about unique, hidden gems throughout this less-traveled part of Los Angeles.

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  • Meeting point:
    200 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 900...
    200 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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    I will be waiting by the sculpture of Ninomiya Kinjiro. It is diagonal to the art piece the Friendship Knot.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Denise 16 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Knowledgeable about the area & delivered the information at a pace & fashion that the 2 hours were interesting
Brittney 01 Jun 2024
Long Beach

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
I highly recommend this tour if you like Japan and want to know more about the old LA
Joe 30 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Amazing experience with Kyle, highly recommend to everyone.
David 27 May 2024
San Diego

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Amazing walking tour, Kyle makes it really amusing and brings lots of information and images that makes the tour an unique experience
naheeda 13 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Very informative, and look us on a good pace while sharing lots of info
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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