The Peace Pagoda is a five-tiered stupa donated by Yoshiro Taniguchi in 1968. The Peace Pagoda is a fitting tribute to the friendship between San Francisco and its Sister City Osaka, Japan.

Inspired by a set of round pagodas that existed in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, the Peace Pagoda was donated to Japantown as a gesture of goodwill. This five-tiered Peace Pagoda is made out of pure concrete, standing at approximately 100ft!

Located in the Peace Plaza, the Peace Pagoda borders Geary Blvd. and Fillmore, Post, and Laguna Streets, was designed in the Brutalist style by Minoru Yamasaki and opened in March 1968 as the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center. It is composed of three malls--the Kinokuniya Mall, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall.

The interior of this stupa is made out of concrete as well. However, this stupa has a fairly simple structure. It has eight pilars standing upward to aproximately 100 ft where five rings suround the structure on the outside.

This amazing structure symbolizes the art works of the Japanese culture. It allows fellow San Franciscians to have a little taste of what it feels like to be in Japan. Whether you’re trying to catch up with a friend, having lunch, or just trying to relax, the Peace Pagoda is a great spot to be.

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