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Japanese American Remembrance Trail

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Artwork by Ken Taya boldly marks Seattle's Japantown. Alabastro Photography
 

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.

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.

Most people walk ¼ mile in 5 minutes. To walk across the map from west to east would take 20 minutes. See our Fitness section for suggestions for activities, including several Hill Climb Challenges, safety and accessibility information.

Take a guided tour

Guided tours dive into the rich history of Seattle's Japanese American community and make connections to the present-day. 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 tours@wingluke.org.

Trail anchors

East Trail Anchor
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
1414 S Weller St
Historic landmark featuring the Seattle Japanese Language School. Community gathering place for Japanese art, culture and history

West Trail Anchor
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
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

In the News

"Quick Escapes: Seattle - Japanese American Remembrance Trail." Sunset Magazine. May 2018.

"Japanese American Remembrance Walking Map." Junglecity.com. (Japanese language publication)

"The Japanese American Remembrance Trail Map." Misa Murohashi, The North American Post. March 24, 2018.

"Japanese American Remembrance Trail map shares history of JA community in Seattle." International Examiner. March 15, 2018.

"Japanese American Remembrance Trail Launches in Seattle." AgeWise King County. February 2018.

Sponsors and Community Partners

Produced by the Friends of Japantown and Beyond

Lead partners
National Park Service Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Additional partners
Aging and Disability Services
Densho
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
Keiro Northwest
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
NVC Foundation
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority

With generous support from
Neighborhood Matching Fund from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Core project team
Sue Abbott
Charles Beall
Cassie Chinn
Stephanie Stroud

Core planning group
Rachtha Danh
Rahul Gupta
Michelle Hansen
Maya Hayashi
Stephanie Huck
Bruce Inaba
Debbie Kashino
June Michel
Craig Murakami
Paul Murakami
Doan Nguyen
Michael Omura
MaryKate Ryan
Pradeepta Upadhyay
Nina Wallace
Karen Yoshitomi

Advisory committee
Paul Alford
Binko Chiong-Bisbee
Maggie Darlow
Lynne Dodson
Aleta Eng
Heidi Hall
Pinky Herrera
Brian J. Jaeger
Elaine Ikoma Ko
Alexis Lair
Glenn Nelson
Victoria Schoenburg
Stacy Segal
Liz Stenning
John Stewart
Sherry Williams

Graphic designer/artist
Arisa Nakamura

Photographer
Alabastro Photography

YouthCAN artists
Roldy Ablao, YouthCAN Manager
Annie Li, YouthCAN Assistant
Julia Seuferling
Anna Edelman
Emily Efird
Andrea Martinez
Karime Martinez
Tramy Nguyen
Julia Seuferling
Emelyn Sung
Ryu Wilke

Updated 2/19/2018


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