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The Sakai North American Conference 2011 will take place on the 14th, 15th and 16th of June, at the Westin Bonaventure*, Los Angeles. Pre-conference sessions will be held on June 13th.


The greater Los Angeles area is a vast and sprawling metropolis with many cities, neighborhoods, and micro-communities.

Amusement Parks, Rides, and Zoos





In Anaheim. A significant commute from downtown LA.

Universal Studios

A short freeway drive from downtown LA.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

In Santa Clarita/Valencia. A commute from downtown LA.

Knott's Berry Farm

A significant drive. Not as impressive as the others, IMO.

Santa Monica Pier

Carnival-style rides and games, food, beach...

LA Zoo

Great for kids. Gene Autry Museum across the street.

Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach. A significant commute from downtown LA.

The Arts, Museums

There are many great art and history museums in Los Angeles. Here are some resources to explore and just a few options to consider:




Discover the Arts in Los Angeles

Resource to find deals for numerous museums, plays, etc.

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

An amazing museum, including two new complexes. Check our BCAM for contemporary art.


Two locations, one in LA off the 405 and one at the coast on Pacific Coast Hwy. Both are amazing!

MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art

South Grand Ave near Pershing Square exit.

Annenberg Space for Photography

A small space, but great photography. In 1-2 hours, you'll see it all and be ready for your next adventure in LA.

Petersen Automotive Museum

If you're a car nut, this place is for you. Just across the street from LACMA.

Hollywood Bowl

Music, performances.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Not sure if there will be performances, but worth a look!

Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum

If a play's your thing, check out these great venues.

Griffith Observatory

Great view of LA, planetarium, and much more!

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

In San Marino-Pasadena.

Independent Shakespeare at Griffith Park

Shakespeare. Griffith Park. Check schedule to see if playing during conference.

Autry Museum Of Western Heritage

Learn about the American West.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Exhibits on earth's biodiversity.

California Science Center

Future home of Space Shuttle Endeavor.

Los Angeles Central Public Library

Check out the art and architecture.

Culver City Art District

Cool place to explore contemporary art for sale.

Bergamot Station

Cool place to explore contemporary art for sale.

The Beach

The main beach communities of the Los Angeles Area are, from north to south: Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice and Maria Del Rey. Unfortunately, Downtown LA is on the east side of town, so in order to dip your toes in the Pacific, you'll need a car or a bus trip. Access to the beaches is free, but parking is not.

If you're looking for suggestions, here is a link to recommendations for 8 great LA area beaches.

Please be aware that we sometimes have coastal fog in June. It usually burns off my midday, but something to be aware of. Learn more:


There are many, many restaurants and eateries in the LA area.

First, you'll notice that restaurants have a letter grade on the door. This is a rating of cleanliness from the city. You want to eat at an "A" restaurant. Less than an "A" means the establishment hasn't met all health codes. You can learn more here:




The Original Pantry

An LA landmark. Good ole American diner fare.

Urban Spoon's Picks


Yelp's Picks


If you're interested in exploring LA's food truck scene, try:
LAist Food Truck Twitter List
Roaming Hunger

If you're interested in sampling some of LA's amazing tacos and taco trucks, a great resource is The Great Taco Hunt. But seriously, almost any taco trunk you come upon is going to have something unique and delicious.

You may have heard that LA has excellent Chinese food. The best place to get some of the most authentic and regional cuisines is in the various towns of the San Gabriel Valley, just east of Downtown.

Hiking, Outdoors




Griffith Park


Los Angeles Mountains

Trails, parks, etc.

Off the Beaten Path




Adamson House, Malibu

Beautiful location, learn about Malibu history, amazing tile.

Bergamot Station Art Center, Santa Monica

A collection of art galleries with new and old art and photography for sale.

Bradbury Building, Downtown LA


Culver City Art District

A collection of art galleries with new and old art and photography for sale.

Gamble House, Pasadena

Architecture. Pasadena. Might remember it from Back to the Future.

Grand Central Market

Food, etc.

Graystone Mansion, Beverly Hills

Nice grounds, good view, free...

Hollyhock House, Hollywood

Frank Lloyd Wright. 'Nuff said.

LA Metro Art

The art at bus stations, rail stations, etc.

MAK Center at the Schindler House, West Hollywood

Art and architecture.

The World Famous Magic Castle

If you know a magician or member, ask for passes... it's worth the trip!


More places than can be mentioned here. Just a sample:




Americana - Glendale

Popular new mall.

Beverly Hills - Rodeo Drive

Iconic. Expensive.

Beverly Center

Not in Beverly Hills, but a mall nonetheless.

3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Open-air walking mall. Moments away from Santa Monica pier and beach. Another major mall next door. A commute from downtown LA.

The Grove

Another popular open-air mall. Farmer's market nearby.

Hollywood and Highland

See the sights, buy some things. Mann's Chinese next door, El Capitan Theatre across the street.

Los Angeles Farmer's Market


Los Angeles Fashion District, Flower District


Universal City Walk

At the steps to Universal Studios.





Discover Los Angeles

Links to options big and small.

Hollywood Sign

A popular symbol of LA.

Hollywood and Highland, incl. Mann's Chinese Theater

See the Chinese, glimpse the Hollywood Sign from the observation level, see the El Capitan Theatre across the street, gawk at people dressed in costume. A short subway trip from downtown.

Griffith Park


La Brea Tar Pits

LACMA next door. Petersen across street.

Beverly Hills

The Graystone Mansion is a free place to visit.

Santa Monica Pier

Rides, food, beach...

Venice Beach

Famous or infamous?


Culture, food, shops, and more. Downtown LA.

Union Station

Check out the architecture. Downtown LA.

Olvera Street

Culture, food, shops, and more. One of the oldest parts of downtown.

Little Tokyo,_Los_Angeles

Culture, food, shops, and more. Downtown LA.

Queen Mary

Long Beach

Angel's Flight Railway

Shortest railway in the world.

LA Conservancy Walking Tours


Sports, Concerts




Staples Center

Lakers, Clippers, Kings, concerts, etc.

LA Dodgers

Home of the Dodgers

Anaheim or LA Angels

Home of the Angels

The Greek Theatre

Concerts, etc.

Nokia Theatre at LA Live

Concerts, etc.

LA Forum

Concerts, etc.

House of Blues Los Angeles


Sunset Strip

Concerts, comedy, etc.

Just a sample of things to do in LA...

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