Mapping Nikkei History Along the Japanese American Remembrance Trail

Illustration by Arisa Nakamura

Illustration by Arisa Nakamura

Explore Seattle's Nihonmachi with this convenient guide map.


The Wing Luke Museum, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) are distributing the “Japanese American Remembrance Trail” guide map created in 2018 

 The colorful map plots 42 locations of existing and vanished sites — from early settlement in the late 19th century, through the World War II era to present day — that are of importance to the local Japanese American community. By following the trail, visitors will gain a better understanding of establishment and changes in Seattle's Japantown (Nihonmachi) area through history.

For example, the restaurant Maneki, Seattle’s oldest sushi bar used to have a Japanese castle-like building a half-block north of its current location. Another point of interest on the map is the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) building, which was once used to detain Issei men (first generation Japanese) community leaders and business owners, including Genji Mihara, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The often overlooked INS building still stands only a few blocks south from the current Uwajimaya, where people enjoy shopping Japanese and other Asian products. You can also see historical art, artifacts, and items at Panama Hotel’s Tea and Coffee House, KOBO at Higo, the Wing Luke Museum, the JCCCW and more. 

You can pick up a guide map at the JCCCW, Wing Luke Museum, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Museum, and various locations throughout Chinatown and the International District. For more details about the trail, including how to get a personal tour, or to download a PDF, visit here