San Francisco: Pop goes Japantown
San Francisco's Chinatown is more famous, but the city's Japantown is an essential stop for fans of movies, sushi, and spas.
Bushi-Tei. Be sure to dine here. Even at $80, the omakase (tasting menu) is a worthwhile splurge. $$$; 1638 Post St.; 415/440-4959.
O Izakaya Lounge. Stop in for a taste of izakaya (small, shareable plates meant to accompany sake) at Hotel Kabuki's sports-themed lounge. $$ Closed Mon-Tue; 1625 Post; 425/614-5431.
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. This isn't your usual multiplex. It features online seating reservations, living room-like armchairs, and a blacony bar ($) where you can enjoy a glass of wine. 1881 Post; sundancecinemas.com
Kabuki Springs & Spa. The city's most democratic spa seves up serentiy to the masses: $25 for the hot pool, cold plunge, sauna, and Japanese bathing areas. 1750 Geary Blvd.; kabukisprings.com
Kinokuniya Stationery. This shop carries adorable mini everything: notepads, stickers, and more. In Japan Center's Kinokuniya Bldg., second floor; 415/567-8901.
Hotel Kabuki. Relax with deep soaking tubs and everything sake at Japantown's most elegant hotel. From $209; hotelkabuki.com