California Academy of Sciences
One of the evening events, the collections tours and two workshops will take place at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Due to limited parking, taking public transportation or carpooling is strongly advised. The Hotel Kabuki is an easy bus or taxi ride.
For more information and directions please visit:
The conference will be held at the Hotel Kabuki in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco.
SPNHC-rate rooms at Hotel Kabuki are gone: We had a block of rooms at the Hotel Kabuki for conference attendees at a dramatically discounted rate; however, despite increasing our block several times, we've now sold out of SPNHC-rate rooms at Hotel Kabuki. You can still book overnight rooms at market rate at Hotel Kabuki on their web site: http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/kabuki.
The Hotel Kabuki has arranged a special SPNHC rate at their sister property, the Hotel Tomo. Hotel Tomo is also located in San Francisco's Japantown, less than two blocks from Hotel Kabuki. Our SPNHC rate at Hotel Tomo is $159 per night for the dates May 22 to 28 only. Please see the booking link at the side of this web page - or you can book your room by phone: call 1-415-921-4000 and ask for the "SPNHC" rate. (If you are not sharing a room, please book a King room rather than a Double-Double to save the two-bedded rooms for folks who plan to share.) As at Hotel Kabuki, rooms and the SPNHC room rate will be based on availability.
Please note there are several other events in San Francisco during mid- to late-May so hotel rooms in general are likely to fill.
Parking (without in-and-out privileges) is available for $16.00 per 24-hours at the Japan Center Garage.
University of California, Berkeley
One of our field trips and a georeferencing workshop will be held on the campus of University of California, Berkeley. There is no parking on campus and parking near the campus can also be quite difficult. Taking public transportation is probably your best option.
The nearest airport is the San Francisco International (SFO) which is about 30 minutes from San Francisco. Oakland International (OAK) is also an option and is about 50 minutes from San Francisco.
There are plenty of ground transportation options from SFO and OAK to the Hotel Kabuki.
BART and MUNI
BART operates rapid rail service to San Francisco from SFO and OAK. MUNI operates buses and subways within San Francisco.
Directions from SFO
The SFO BART Station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side). BART is easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO's AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. There is no charge to board AirTrain.
To take BART from SFO to the Hotel Kabuki – ride the BART (Pittsburgh/Bay Point train) to the Montgomery Street station, exit the station, walk to the west corner of Market and Montgomery streets, board the MUNI 38L Geary bus (outbound), ride approximately 15 minutes to Geary Blvd. and Laguna St., walk 2 blocks to the Hotel Kabuki.
Directions from OAK
BART is easily accessed from either terminal by riding OAK's AirBART to the BART Coliseum/Oakland Airport station stop. There is a $2.00 charge to board AirBART. There is a single AirBART stop for both terminals, conveniently located between Terminal 1 and 2 at OAK's third curbside.
To take BART from OAK to the Hotel Kabuki – ride the AirBART to the BART Coliseum/Oakland Airport station, board BART (Daly City train) to the Montgomery Street station, exit the station, walk to the west corner of Market and Montgomery streets, board the MUNI 38L Geary bus (outbound), ride approximately 15 minutes to Geary Blvd. and Laguna St., walk 2 blocks to the Hotel Kabuki.
Tickets and Fares
BART ticket machines accept nickels, dimes, quarters, $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills. You can also use a credit card in select machines at all stations.
MUNI buses accept cash fares only, with no change given. Machines accept coins and dollar bills. Please enter the bus through the front door and be sure to take your proof of payment from the driver. MUNI tickets for multiple rides can be purchased at Muni ticket vending machines. See http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mhome/home50.htm for more information on MUNI fares and tickets.
Fares from SFO
AirTrain - free
BART - SFO to Montgomery Street Station $8.10
MUNI 38L Geary - $2.00
Fares from OAK
AirBART - $3.00
BART - Coliseum/Oakland Airport station to Montgomery Street Station $3.80
MUNI 38L Geary - $2.00
Shared ride vans (e.g., Super Shuttle) offer van service from both airports to passenger-specified locations. The shuttles from OAK are more expensive than those from SFO. At SFO, all vans pick up from the roadway center island at the Departures/Ticketing Level at all terminals. Vans are available on a walk-up basis and only require a reservation for your return trip to the airport. More information can be found at:
Rental cars are available at both airports but are not recommended since parking in San Francisco can be very challenging and expensive.
SFO car rental information: http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/tofrom/rental-cars/rc-agencies/
OAK car rental information: http://www.flyoakland.com/car_rentals.shtml
San Francisco International (SFO) http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/index.jsp
Oakland International (OAK) http://www.flyoakland.com/
Shuttles – see airport websites for listings
Taxis – see airport websites for listings
San Francisco: MUNI http://www.sfmta.com/cms/home/sfmta.php
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) http://www.bart.gov/
Golden Gate Transit (Marin County) http://www.goldengate.org/
AC Transit (East Bay) http://www.actransit.org/
SAMTRANS (San Mateo County) http://www.samtrans.com/
The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its “microclimates” which means that within the City of San Francisco you can go from sunny and mild to foggy and cold without traveling very far. You should be prepared for almost anything (except snow). The key word to remember when planning your wardrobe is: layering.
Restaurants near Hotel Kabuki
Benihana of Tokyo 1737 Post St.; 415-563-4844
Bushi-Tei 1638 Post St.; 415-440-4959
Bushi-Tei Bistro 1581 Webster St.; 415-409-4959
DOSA 1700 Fillmore St.; 415-642-3672
Fuku-Sushi 1581 Webster St.; 415-346-3030
Ino Sushi 22 Peace Plaza #510; 415-922-3121
Iroha Restaurant 1728 Buchanan St.; 415-922-0321
Isobune Sushi Japan Center Kintetsu Mall, 1737 Post St.; 415-563-1030
Izumiya Japan Center Kinokuniya Bldg., 2nd Floor, 1581 Webster St.; 415-441-6867
Jitlada Thai 1826 Buchanan St. @ Sutter; 415-292-9027
Juban Yakiniku House Japan Center Kinokuniya Bldg., 1st Floor, 1581 Webster St. 415-776-5822
Kiss Seafood 1700 Laguna St. 415-474-2866
Kushitsuru Restaurant Japan Center Kintetsu Mall, 1737 Post St.; 415-922-9902
Maki Restaurant 1825 Post St.; 415-921-5215
Mifune Japan Center Kintetsu Mall, 1737 Post St.; 415-922-0337
Mifune Don Japan Center Miyako Mall, 2nd Floor, 22 Peace Plaza; 415-346-1993
MUMS 1800 Sutter St.; 415-931-6986
New Korea House 1620 Post Street
O Izakaya Lounge 1625 Post St.; 415-614-5431. This is the restaurant onsite at Hotel Kabuki.***
On The Bridge Japan Center Webster Street Bridge, 1581 Webster St.; 415-922-7765
Osakaya Japan Center Kintetsu Mall, 1737 Post St.; 415-922-2728
Sanuki Udon 22 Peace Plaza; 4152928399
Sapporo-Ya 1581 Webster St.; 415-563-7400
Seoul Garden Japan Center Miyako Mall, 2nd Floor, 22 Peace Plaza; 415-563-7664
Shabu-sen 1726 Buchanan St.; 415-440-0466
Suzu 1825 Post St.; 415-346-5083
Takara Restaurant 22 Peace Plaza; 415-921-2000
Tanpopo 1740 Buchanan Mall; 415-346-7132
Yakini Korean BBQ 1640 Post Street
Andersen Bakery, Inc. 1737 Post St., Suite 304; : (415) 345-1046
Belly Good Cafe & Crepes Japan Center Kintetsu Mall, 1737 Post St.; 415-346-8383
Benkyo-Do 1747 Buchanan Mall; 415-922-1244
Cafe Hana Japan Center Kintetsu Mall, 1737 Post St.; 415-567-9133
Kissako Tea 1581 Webster St., #195; 415-567-4988
May's Coffee Shop Japan Center Kintetsu Mall, 1737 Post St.; 415-346-4020
Sophie's Crepes 1581 Webster St., 415-420-6240
Tan-Tan 1825 Post St. #223; 415-346-6260
Click here to go to the Japantown SF web site.
Restaurants near the California Academy of Sciences
Arizmendi Bakery Cooperative: 1331 9th Ave. (between Judah and Irving streets), (415) 566-3117.
Andy's: Chinese food, vegetarian choices. 1358 9th Ave. (between Judah and Irving streets), (415) 661-1803.
Art's Cafe: American/Korean. 747 Irving St. (between 8th and 9th streets), (415) 665-7440.
L'Avenida Taqueria: 511 Irving St. (between 6th and 7th avenues), (415) 681-1246.
The Beanery: Coffeeshop. 1307 9th Ave. (between Judah and Irving streets), (415) 661-1090.
Chika: Japanese. 841 Irving St. (between 9th and 10th avenues), (415) 681-5539.
The Crepevine: 624 Irving St. (between 8th and 9th streets), (415) 681-5858.
Darla's: burgers. 822 Irving St. (between 10th and 11th avenues), (415) 753-3245.
Ebisu: sushi. 1283 9th Ave. (between Lincoln Way and Irving Street), (415) 566-1770.
Eldos Grill & Brewery:1329 9th Ave. (between Judah and Irving streets), (415) 564-0425.
Gordo Taqueria: 1223 9th Ave. (between Irving Street and Lincoln Way), (415) 566-6011.
Hotei: Japanese noodle house. 1290 9th Ave. (between Lincoln Way and Irving Street), (415) 753-6045.
Howard's Cafe: 1309 9th Ave. (between Judah and Irving streets), (415) 564-4723.
Kaleo Cafe: If you ignore the bone-chilling fog outside, Kaleo Cafe might fool you into
Lime Tree: pan-Southeast Asian cafe. 450-A Irving St. (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), (415) 665-1415. Closed Monday.
M's: Breakfast: 1376 9th Ave. (between Judah and Irving streets), (415) 665-1821.
Mae-Thip Thai Cuisine: 524 Irving St. (between 6th and 7th avenues), (415) 759-9644.
Marnee Thai: Excellent Thai food. 1243 Ninth Ave., (415) 731-9999.
Masala: Indian. 1220 9th Ave. (between Lincoln Way and Irving Street), (415) 566-6976.
Milano Pizzeria: 1330 9th Ave. (between Judah and Irving streets), (415) 665-3773.
Naan 'N' Curry: 642 Irving St. (near Eighth Avenue); (415) 664-7225. Lunch, dinner daily.
Nan King Road Bistro: Asian. 1360 9th Ave. (between Irving Street and Judah), (415) 753-2900
Park Chow: Old stand-by Academy staff. 1240 9th Ave. (between Irving Street and Lincoln Way), (415) 655-9912.
Pluto's: American w/ outer space theme. 627 Irving St. (at Eighth Avenue); (415) 753-8867. Lunch, dinner daily.
Raintree Cafe: Breakfast. 654 Irving St. (between 7th and 8th avenues), (415) 665-3633.
Secret Garden Teahouse: 721 Lincoln Way (between 8th & 9th), (415) 566-8834.
Yellow Submarine: 503 Irving St. (between 6th and 7th avenues), (415) 681-5652.
Yumma's: Mediterranean. 721 Irving St. (between 8th and 9th avenues), (415) 682-0762.