From client reviews to major news outlets, read what others are saying about the Kabuki Springs & Spa!
“The VICE Guide To San Francisco” – April 2016
“San Francisco’s Japantown is only a few blocks radius and one of three of its kind left in the US. Its most notable fixture is the Japan Center, a gloriously dumpy five-acre mall from the 60s that is full of weird beauty counters, dollar stores, boba tea shops, arcades, book stores, ramen bars, and izakayas. It often hosts various cultural events where Japanese people and white people appropriating Japan culture gather to sumo wrestle or wear traditional geisha clothing for visitors. If you want to make a day of it, go across the street to Kabuki Springs spa, a Japanese bathhouse that locals hit to get butt naked and unwind.”
“The Seven Most Underrated Things to do in San Francisco” – April 2016
“Japantown is one of San Francisco’s most overlooked gems. But since the boutique Buchanan hotel opened this summer, it’s slowly coming onto the radar. Waraku serves rich bowls of traditional Japanese ramen and Tenroku Sushi serves maki rolls and kobe beef nigiri without the FiDi price tag. Kabuki Springs & Spa serves as a refuge from the buzz of the city.”
“The Best Massages, Mud Baths, Body Treatments, Scrubs + More” – March 2016″
“Abhyanga Oil Massage With Shirodhara – We like to enhance our immune systems and reduce stress with the Abhyanga oil massage with Shirodhara—the traditional Ayurvedic treatment in which warm essential oil is slowly poured in a continuous stream across the forehead. Unless you’re going for that I-just-bathed-in-an-oil-slick look, make no plans for post-treatment revelry. — S.M.”
“A Modern Guide to San Francisco’s Japantown” – February 2016
“A wellness oasis situated in the heart of the bustling city, Kabuki Springs offers a menu of spa treatments such as massages and facials, but really this is a bathhouse beloved for its signature Japanese bathing rituals, hot tubs, and steam rooms. ”
“Is This San Francisco’s Most Underrated Neighborhood?” October 2015
“SF locals hit Kabuki Springs because it’s clean, serene, and totally affordable. $25 gets you access to their sauna, steam room, and plunge pools where talking is strictly verboten. Just check their schedule the day before heading there: The baths here only mix guys and girls once a week.”
“10 Unique Things to Do in San Francisco” – September 2015
“Everybody has heard of Chinatown, yet a little-known ethnic relative awaits relaxation seekers who fancy a bite of sushi after a revitalizing cleanse. The Kabuki Springs and Spa offers a full range of spa services in proximity to a tantalizing Japanese restaurant district.”
“Eight Wellness Things To Do In San Francisco” – Summer 2015
“Kabuki Springs & Spa is another that offers an extensive menu of wellness-focused spa services in a warm, inviting Pan-Asian setting. In the great tradition of Japanese public baths, this spa is a peaceful sanctuary devoted to nurturing harmony and relaxation through the healing powers of water and therapeutic touch.”
“Best Bay Area Spas” – Summer 2015
Gold Winner Award “An oasis of serenity in the heart of San Francisco, providing spa treatments and massage therapy.”
“Indulge at Kabuki Springs & Spa, San Francisco” – July 2015
“Japan Town has many of the best spas in San Francisco and Kabuki Springs and Spa is the best of the best. It’s a clothes-off communal affair on alternating days for men and women (if you want to go on a co-ed day, you need swimmers). The décor is heavenly and the steam room and sauna are large, clean and the best we have ever been to. A range of waters, herbal teas, cucumber slices, ice, lemon and salt sit to one side of the spa for you to drink or apply to yourself in whatever fashion seems fitting. There are lounges to rest on throughout so you could easily spend half a day or more here. Kabuki is very popular so you need to book ahead even if all you plan to do is sit in the communal baths for three hours. But the various beauty treatments and massages are also heavenly. If Kabuki is booked out try Imperial Spa.”
“Japan Without The Jetlag” – Summer 2015
“Authentic Japanese bathhouse that’s an oasis of hot pools, cold plunges and soothing massage.”
“5 Best Spot In San Francisco Japantown” – July 2015
“Anyone who has lived in Japan knows not to miss the Japanese onsen, or hot springs spas. Thebest ones are pieces of heaven on earth. Guests soak in sparkling clean hot pools, sometimes outdoors, sometimes lavish indoor creations of stone and tile and elegant Japanese detailing. So popular are these getaways that many Japanese make yearly pilgrimages to their favorite spot. Kabuki Springs Spa brings a touch of the Japanese onsen experience to San Francisco. Two women I know waxed so poetic over their visit to this place, I felt compelled to include it even though I have yet to go there myself. Here you’ll find hot and cold baths, a dry sauna, a steam room, showers, and many bathing amenities, Western and Japanese. Cellphones must be extinguished. A $25 entry fee allows you to linger for as long as you’d like. Bring a book or some magazines and luxuriate in a pristine urban oasis. Any good trip should close with a final chance to relax and I don’t see why one to Japantown should be any different”
“Japan is all about serenity — look at their rock gardens (minimalist), tea ceremonies (peaceful) and traditional dances (slow). But nothing says “calm” like a giant bath, which is why no trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to one of their onsens, or hot springs.
Although stereotypical Japanese onsens are natural bubbling pools surrounded by a ring of rocks, hot springs are hard to come by in San Francisco (and honestly, most parts of Japan). Kabuki Springs preserves the essence of a Japanese onsen by establishing two trendy communal bathing areas in Japantown, one for each gender. The natural browns, blues and beiges of Kabuki intimate an atmosphere of utter calm, despite the fact that everyone in the communal bathing room is naked!”
“The Onsen Experience – SF Bay Area Day Spas” – June 2015
“One of the most beautiful day-spas in the Bay Area, Kabuki has segregated day schedules, and then Tuesday nights are mixed with swimsuits. Great massages, wonderful smells, and well-maintained. Can get very busy on co-ed nights.”
“Ways to brighten your mood in S.F.’s foggy weather” – June 2015
“Soak in the pools at Kabuki Springs. And then get a massage at this spa in Japantown.”
“This relaxing Japantown spot is very popular—if you arrive without a reservation, you may not get in. If you book ahead and score entry through the doors, you can start your visit by soaking in several hot tubs or plunging into the cold pool in the communal bathing area. Traditional showers as well as bathing stools with hand-held washers are also in the room, with small bowls of salt scrub for your washing routine. With soothing music playing and healthful treats laid out, you can then sit back on the recliners or head into the dry sauna or steam room for some heat.”
“The Best Salons & Spas in San Francisco 2015” May 2015
“About: Kabuki Springs provides a sensual spa experience without the sexual connotations often associated with communal baths. It’s a wellness destination aiding the body in rejuvenation, from an extensive menu offering facials, acupuncture and Swedish massages.
Ambiance: The décor is relaxing and immediately puts everyone at ease, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable as newcomers are embraced and frequent guests make themselves at home. The communal baths are gorgeous, with a Pan Asian theme running throughout the spa, a place where the body is celebrated in all its glory.
Experience: I loved my experience, I received the most amazing acupuncture session with John C, and he listened and gave me at-home-care instructions for my sinus and dry eye condition. I also enjoyed my part Swedish and Shiatsu Massage with Nicole. I can honestly say it was the best massage I have ever experienced. I left relaxed, refreshed and balanced.
In Crowd: Hipsters, Socialites and everyone in-between, anyone interested in wellness.
Wallet Watch: The prices are affordable and they vary depending on the services.
Need to Know: Women walk around in the comfort of their own bodies, you can however choose to bring a swimsuit or wear your robe or sarong. They sell Apivita and other well-known spa brands for total relaxation in the privacy of your own home.”
“A peaceful sanctuary devoted to nurturing harmony and relaxation through the healing powers of water and therapeutic touch, this spa features a traditional Japanese communal bath and an extensive menu of spa services offered in a warm, inviting, Pan-Asian atmosphere.” (Note: VisitSFBayArea.com is a partner of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce)
The Best Spas In San Francisco” – April 2015
“Sure, they have spa treatments galore, but the real reason to hit the Kabuki are their communal baths. You know that scene in Eastern Promises? You could totally imagine that at the Kabuki. You’re not allowed to talk (someone bangs a gong at you if you do, no joke) and phones aren’t allowed, so it’s the perfect place to fully disconnect. Speaking of disconnecting, this is a naked place but it’s not a sex club, so folks who as much as stare too long will promptly get the boot. Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday is for the ladies, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday is for the gentlemen, and Tuesday is co-ed (bathing suits required). You can hang out in there for the entire day, snarfing up all the bath products and tea you can handle, for $25, or for $15 if you get a spa treatment. They often fill to capacity, so reservations are recommended. — Eve Batey”
Getting Away: San Francisco – April 2015
“Start out with treatments such as Thai Herbal Massage, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Javanese Lulur scrub and bath, or a Japanese finger-pressure massage, and then while away the rest of the day soaking in the communal baths. Modeled after the ancient tradition of Japanese public baths, facilities include a hot pool, cold plunge, sauna, and steam room. Extra touches such as complimentary bath products, sea salts, chilled face towels, and cups of hot tea will make you feel extra-pampered.”
About.com Travel Guide Review – March 2015
“The Kabuki Springs and Spa offers a unique opportunity to experience a Japanese-style bath experience, a very relaxing process that comes with an extremely reasonable price tag. They also offer massages at a good price. Read the Guide Review section for details about how the communal baths operate to decide whether you’ll enjoy them or not.”
“19 SPOTS ACTUALLY WORTH GOING TO IN SF’S JAPANTOWN” – March 2015
“Get in your R&R at Japantown’s acclaimed Kabuki Springs & Spa, where $25 gets you a dip in the communal baths and access to steam rooms/saunas. Strip down to your birthday suit on women-only and men-only days, or wear a bathing suit on co-ed Tuesdays. It’s as close to a traditional Japanese bath house as you’ll get, which means no cell phones, no talking, salt scrubs, and hot tea.”
“10 Luxurious Spas Around the World” – March 2015
“We said it last week and we’ll say it again—if you’re looking to cure your winter blues, try a few hours at a spa. Surely a business that revolves around your happiness can help beat the doldrums.” …”Kabuki Springs & Spa’s offers include a private massage and sushi party.”
“How to Warm Up this Winter: A Guide to the Country’s Best Bathhouse” – November 2014
“For a momentary respite from the Bay’s perennially moody weather, locals find refuge in the warm lighting and heated furo soaking tubs at this Japantown stalwart, where salt scrubs are used to stimulate sluggish lymphatic systems and buff skin to a healthy sheen.”
“The Big Chillax” – July 2014
“This spacious Japantown institution has been luring locals to its hot tubs, cold plunge pool, steam bath, and treatment rooms for decades, and it’s no wonder. The calming oasis oozes nothing but good vibes with a healthy dash of zen and makes a great city escape without having to cross a bridge. Extras include scented scrub in the showers, herb tea, fruit-infused drinking water, and fluffy white towels. A post –soak bowl of ramen at a nearby noodle bar comes highly recommended.”
“5 Places to Find Your Zen in San Francisco“ – January 2014
“The traditional Japanese communal baths at Kabuki Springs & Spa, in Japantown, attract a steady stream of locals and visitors seeking a ritual to disconnect from urban stresses. You’ll find a hot pool, a cold plunge, a dry sauna and a steam room. The baths are designated for either men or women only, depending on the day of the week, except on co-ed Tuesdays, when bathing suits are required. The menu of spa services includes the usual massages and facials as well as pan-Asian wellness treatments including acupuncture, reiki, grounding, craniosacral therapy and matcha body wraps.”
“For brevity’s sake, I’ll stick with three reasons.
Number One: the spa. I’m speaking from personal experience, here, I had the best massage of my life at Kabuki Springs. While it’s in a separate building, it is just down the street, and is consistent with the hotel’s clean, calming look and feel. The lights are kept dim, so you truly are able to relax and rejuvenate. This full-service spa offers everything from traditional massage to more exotic options like a traditional Indonesian body treatment or an Ayurvedic style-inspired Abhyanga Massage. Following your treatment, you must take a plunge in one of the communal baths.”
Spas: “Locals love this spa’s communal bath and all-encompassing menu of relaxing services. The only Japanese-inspired communal bath in the city, Kabuki Springs’ unique environment is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. The spa’s facilities include a hot pool, cold plunge, dry sauna and steam room, and there are plenty of complimentary bath products, such as sea salts, chilled cucumber face cloths and teas. Other services include massages, facials, body treatments and even acupuncture. Kabuki is in the center of Japantown, so a spa day can either be preceded or followed by a wonderful Japanese meal, as well as some interesting shopping options.”
Romantic Things To Do: “Locals love this spa’s communal bath and all-encompassing menu of relaxing services. The only Japanese-inspired communal bath in the city, Kabuki Springs’ unique environment is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. The spa’s facilities include a hot pool, cold plunge, dry sauna and steam room, and there are plenty of complimentary bath products, such as sea salts, chilled cucumber face cloths and teas. Other services include massages, facials, body treatments and even acupuncture. If you’re at the end of your vacation, and you need a vital reboot or even an extra spark of romance, schedule a visit to Kabuki Springs and Spa.”
“Our favorite urban retreat is a spin on communal, clothing-optional Japanese baths. Scrub yourself down with salt in the steam room, soak in the hot pool, then the cold plunge and reheat in the sauna. Rinse and repeat. Silence is mandatory, fostering a meditative mood – if you hear the gong, it means Shhhh!
The look befits the location – slightly dated Japanese modern, with vaulted lacquered-wood ceilings, tile mosaics and low lighting. Men and women alternate days, except co-ed Tuesdays, when bathing suits are required (arrive before 5pm to beat the line). Plan two hours’ minimum, plus a 30-to-60-minute wait at peak times (add your name to the waitlist, then go next door to slurp noodles or catch a movie; when you return, breeze right in). Communal bathing discounted with massage appointments; book ahead and come on the gender-appropriate day.”
“The 15 Best Quiet Places in San Francisco” – Ranked 4 out of 15 in user reviews.