Retreat and Reinvigorate

Soaking up California’s spa culture

In San Francisco’s vibrant Japantown district, buses and bikes whiz by, teens congregate and people text as fast as they walk. But inside the Kabuki Hot Springs, the city vanishes. The only sounds in the dimly lit, Japanese-style communal baths are the gentle splashing of water and occasional strains of soothing music.


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Even now, at this late day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me—more promising than a silver cloud, and prettier than a little red wagon.” –E.B. White