Japanese Soaking Tubs


A daily bathing ritual is very essential for busy individuals. It is meant to cleanse and detoxify one�s body from the pollutants from work or at home. However, in Japan, bathing is more than just cleansing. Bathing in these Japanese soaking tubs means that you get the total rejuvenation and relaxation that you need.

Japanese soaking tubs are more popularly known as Ofuro bathtubs. It has been a long-standing tradition for the Japanese people to end their day with a good soaking bath with Ofuro bathtubs either in their home or in public baths. Over time, the effectiveness of Japanese soaking tubs to a person�s well being has been proven. They not only promote a healthier body, but also work to alleviate the pain from physical fatigue and stress.

Japanese soak tubs are believed to enhance the health of the person for the long term. The relaxing effect of Japanese soaking tubs starts when the body is fully immersed in hot water during the course of bathing. The Japanese believe that maintaining your body after the wear and tear during the day can be done with a relaxing dip in these soaking tubs.

Japanese bathrooms are part of a long list of cultural imports that reached the West. The Japanese first popularized the idea of mixed bathing and public bathhouses, which paved the way for Asian spas. These bathhouses also became the meeting place where people gathered for socialization, gossip, and news. Public bathhouses in Japan are still popular today especially in places where hot springs are abundant.

Authentic Japanese soaking tubs are made from the finest and best Japanese wood. The wood used to make the tub is known as Hinoki. The Hinoki is a soft wood that has special properties to maintain the water�s temperature. In addition, this wood does not stain or decay easily. The wood is shaped much like a large wooden barrel, deep enough so a person can sit down and the water can soak the body up to the chin. The more affordable variants of these tubs are made from porcelain or stainless steel. You can install your Japanese soaking tubs as a primary tub in your bathroom or as a smaller and complementary tub if you have enough floor space.

Throughout Japanese history, families shared the same tub as a bathing tradition. Eventually, the tradition moved through the times and adapted to the Western style and culture. The original setup with a size that fits only a single person was made to accommodate more people, so Westerners who prefer larger sized baths can acquire an ofuro tub. Other modern utilities such as a circulation system, heating components via electricity, and water jets became add-ons to improve the old system. These affordable, yet classy bathtubs are available in several varieties such as chrome, nickel, or gold plated. It is best to inspect the size and depth of the Japanese bath tub and have it measured to make sure that it fits in your bathroom.