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Major renovations are underway at the San Francisco Downtown Hostel!

Ah, spring. Not only does this season mean warmer weather, longer days, and blooming flowers… it also heralds that time-honored tradition of "spring cleaning." The San Francisco Downtown Hostel has taken this concept and run with it, kicking off a series of major renovations and improvements that will be completed this year.

New walking tour debuts in San Francisco's Japantown

San Francisco's Japantown -- known as Nihonmachi to its residents -- is the oldest of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. From its roots as a refuge for victims of the 1906 Great Quake and Fire, to its post-World War II community revitalization, San Francisco's Japantown has seen many major economic and cultural shifts that have made it the rich community it is today.