San Francisco

Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown

Japan Peacetown Pagoda

The conference is being held at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown/Fillmore St. area. Address: 1625 Post St., San Francisco, CA.

Hotel Kabuki is a boutique hotel with a unique blend of Eastern and Western influences offering sleek and serene accommodations in the heart of Japantown. Enjoy the shops & restaurants of Fillmore Street – or take in some of the area’s world-class jazz music. The hotel is two blocks from the Kabuki Springs & Spa and only a mile from Union Square.

The annual Cherry Blossom festival is taking place during the weekends either side of the conference and the Kabuki is the official hotel for this celebration of Japanese culture. Our conference rate represents a significant saving, both on the regular hotel price and on alternative accommodations in the area at this busy time. Book early to get a room!

Hotel website: http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/san-francisco-hotels/hotel-kabuki/

Rooms are available at $189 per night (plus tax) until March 14. Reference “0406SYST” for the special group rate. Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-738-7477 (US & Canada) or +1-407-734-7128 (International).

Getting to San Francisco

You can fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK). San Francisco is more convenient, Oakland may have lower airfares.

Transport from Airport
Taxi:
San Francisco - $53, drive time is 25 minutes
Oakland - $74, drive time is 40 minutes
Standard tip of 20% is not included in above estimated fares

Super Shuttle:
$17 per person from San Francisco airport. $57 per person from Oakland airport. Book ahead online at www.supershuttle.com or by phone at (800) BLUE VAN (800-258-3826).
San Francisco - Claim your luggage (lower level). Proceed to the upper level and outside to the curb.  Follow the SuperShuttle signs to get to the SFO Airport agent (in teal green jackets) and they will arrange your SuperShuttle transportation to your destination.
Oakland - Advanced reservations are required. Upon arrival call +1 650-246-2740 to connect to dispatch. Follow the signs to baggage claim & collect your luggage. Vehicle will pick you up by the “3F” sign located at the 3rd curb.

Public Transportation:
San Francisco – Fares range from $2.25 – 10.90 depending on the route. Travel time is 1 hour. Plan your route at www.transit.511.org
Oakland - $12.90. Travel time is 1 hour. Plan your route at www.transit.511.org

As you plan for your time in San Francisco, be sure to consider taking advantage of all that the city has to offer. Chris Johnnidis, our Conference Local Resource Liaison, has compiled a few highlights to orient you to the local area. This guide focuses on local sights, attractions, entertainment, and suggested walking routes. While mentioning a few shopping locations and restaurants, subsequent amenities and restaurant guides will focus more on those areas. Click here to download the guide.

Currency

If you are traveling from abroad, check with your bank for any transaction fees associated with using your debit card for withdrawals or purchases. There are ATM’s in the San Francisco & Oakland airports and throughout the city. The currency exchange services at most banks and airports (world-wide) are more expensive – avoid them if possible.

Many credit card companies charge foreign transaction fees. These fees are generally 1-3% of each purchase. Some credit cards, e.g., Capital One, do not charge foreign transaction fees. Check with your card provider for fees.

Traveler’s checks are still accepted, but their use is declining. The preference is cash and credit/debit cards.

Notify your bank and credit card providers to let them know you will be travelling so that your credit and debit cards are not rejected and blocked when you use them. This can often be done through the providers’ websites.  This is a must with any Visa or Master Card.  American Express does not require it, but it still isn't a bad idea to notify them as well.

Current exchange rates are:
1 GBP = 1.540 USD
1 EUR = 1.091 USD
1 SEK = 0.116 USD
1 JPY = 0.008 USD
Rates fluctuate - check www.xe.com for current rates or download the app for your phone.

Transport in San Francisco

Once here, you’ll have no trouble navigating around the region. The best ways to get around are by foot, taxi, public transportation, ferry or the famous cable cars. Additional details: http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/transportation/

Electronics

Cell Phones – Check with your carrier for international rates for voice and text. You may need to purchase a SIMS card in the US in order to use your phone. Consider using skype.

You will need a universal grounded adaptor plug for your electrical/electronic devices. The US runs on 110 V. Adaptors (or converters) are readily available at travel or electronics stores for about $10.

San Francisco's restaurant scene is one of the best in the country & there are plenty of dining options nearby. Chris Johnnidis, our Conference Local Resource Liaison, has put together a guide to local resources - restaurants, shops & amenities near the conference hotel.

And check out the San Francisco Visitor Site at