Liberdade, Sao Paulo

4.2
#2 of 15 in Neighborhoods in State of Sao Paulo
Instead of Chinatown, in Sao Paulo there’s Japantown, locally called Liberdade. This part of town is the world’s largest Japanese community outside of Japan. The district includes a significant population of Chinese and Koreans, and features numerous Asian shops, markets, bars, and restaurants. The area is also noted for housing the Museum of Japanese Immigration in Brazil, narrating the story of the first Japanese settlers who came to work on the region’s sprawling coffee plantations. Be sure to stop by the iconic entrance into the district, which offers a convenient photo opportunity with its tall red torii, a Japanese arch usually marking entrances into Shinto temples. Plan your Liberdade visit and explore what else you can see and do in Sao Paulo using our Sao Paulo trip itinerary planning app .
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  • Although not exclusively inhabited by Japanese (there is a great concentration of oriental from several countries) it is easy to understand why São Paulo has the highest concentration of Japanese outside Japan. From objects to meals, you find everything there. It's worth knowing!
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  • With mostly Japanese origin and decoration, it has representation of practically all oriental cultures in the heart of São Paulo. Excellent for eating, walking and shopping. There are some products that we only found there. Despite all the advantages, however, it is an area with little vegetation, which makes it quite hot. The streets are always full, sidewalks are not very wide and there are many climbs, so it is not recommended for people with serious mobility difficulties and with little tolerance to crowds. Bonus: Visit the chapel of the Aflitos, an almost unknown tourist spot in São Paulo.
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