Historic Tour in Downtown LA: Union Station, Olvera Street and Little Tokyo

Los Angeles, California, USA
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Historic Tour in Downtown LA: Union Station, Olvera Street and Little Tokyo
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Meet your guide 10.00 am at Union Station, in front of Starbucks.

10.00 am Take a walk back in time as you explore lavish and opulent interiors of the Union Station, the major transportation hub of LA and greatest railroad passenger terminal in the Western US.

10.20 Next, head to Olverita’s village, family-owned retail store for more than 25 years catering a great variety of Mexican traditional outfits, fabulous handmade bijouterie and accessories. As you wander vivid and lively Olvera Street, listen to informative commentary from your local guide highlighting history, culture and present-day authenticity of the district. Soak up the Mexican vibes, sample delicious street tacos, enjoy looking at numerous colorful souvenir stalls and relish traditional mariachi songs.

10.40 Check out America Tropical Mural, huge provocative fresco designed by renowned Mexican social realist painter David Alfaro Siqueiros and take a glance at the life of early LA inhabitants in the early 20th century walking by Victorian style Sepulveda House Museum. Next, venture to outstanding Avila Adobe, the oldest residential edifice in LA.

11.00 From there continue to LA Plaza Park, home to world famous el Pueblo de Los Angeles historical monument. This is where Los Angeles officially was founded in 1781. Your next stop is the LA Plaza de Culturas y Artes. Take your time to amble around and explore local life in action. Do not miss prominent Old Plaza Firehouse. Take a look at Pico House, once the most luxury hotel in Southern California, and Chinese American Museum, the most ancient Chinese construction in the area.

11.20 Your tour will continue in Little Tokyo, eclectic Japanese neighborhood thronged with delightful traditional restaurants, bakeries, cafes and quirky shops where you’ll find everything from authentic clothing and decorations to unique gifts and collectibles to Japanese video games and anime.

11.40 Meander down historic First Street, feast your eyes at Home is Little Tokyo Mural, an impressive wall painting depicting the vibrant history of ethnic neighborhood, and then, pop into timeless Fugetsu-Do Mochi bakery shop. You can sample delicious Japanese rice cakes mochi and manju (not included in tour) as your guide tells you stories about different epochs of this historic 114-year old confectionery store.

Stroll through kitschy Japanese Village Plaza and don’t forget to add your wish written in colorful slip of paper to the stunning “Wishing Tree”. Have a look at Koyasan Buddhist Temple. Take a selfie with Public Art "Oomo Cube".

12.00 Your tour will finish at the plaza near Go for Broke Monument and Japanese American National Museum which you can explore on your own after the tour.

*Timing and the itinerary are subject to change.


  • All taxes 
  • Friendly local guide 
  • More than 100 great photos from the tour including 5 edited photos of you (if booking a Photo Tour)
  • Multiple start times available 
  • Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour 
  • Iconic places for photo shoot 
  • Must-see attractions and off the beaten path 
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The tour may be modified to meet your preferences (on demand)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking  
  • Walking tour with a local guide
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved  
  • Please indicate prefer start time in comments when booking (depends on availability)
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately  

Meeting Point

Union Station (in front of Starbucks)
Departure Time:
10am unless otherwise specified in Special Requirements Box
Return Details:
Japanese American National Museum or one of the cafes in Japanese village


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