<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennejima/6943021034/">Kabuki Springs & Spa</a> by
This serene spa is one Japantown destination that draws locals from all over town, from hipster to grandma, Japanese-American or not. Balinese urns decorate the communal bath area of this house of tranquillity.
The massage menu has also expanded well beyond traditional shiatsu technique. The experience is no less relaxing, however, and the treatment regimen includes facials, salt scrubs, and mud and seaweed wraps. You can take your massage in a private room with a bath or in a curtained-off area.
The communal baths ($25) contain hot and cold tubs, a large Japanese-style bath, a sauna, a steam room, and showers. Bang the gong for quiet if your fellow bathers are speaking too loudly. The clothing-optional baths are open for men only on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday; women bathe on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Bathing suits are required on Tuesday, when the baths are coed.
Men and women can reserve private rooms daily. An 80-minute massage-and-private-bath package costs $125 weekdays, $140 weekends; a package that includes a 50-minute massage and the use of the communal baths costs $105 weekdays, $114 weekends.