You don't need to fly to Bangalore or Beijing to sample the best of Asian dining, shopping, and culture. We have it all right here
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;