Kabuki Springs & Spa
Ikenobo Ikebana Society
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1750 Geary Blvd · interesting places nearby
Kabuki Springs & Spa information
Our favorite urban retreat recreates communal, clothing-optional Japanese baths. Salt-scrub in the steam room, soak in the hot pool, then 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! Men and women alternate days, except co-ed Tuesdays (bathing suits required Tuesdays).
The look befits the location – slightly dated Japanese modern, with vaulted lacquered-wood ceilings, tile mosaics and low lighting. 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 shop). Communal bathing discounted with massage appointments; book ahead and come on the gender-appropriate day.