Japanese Soaking Tubs–The Indulgent Soaks.

You must have been wondering why there is a significant increase in the interest of Japanese soaking tubs, especially from the West. Now here is the deal; unlike the Western tubs, Japanese tubs are smaller, rounder, deeper and shorter. Once inside, they give you an exotic feeling of relaxation and indulgence that you rarely get with other tubs. This indulgence is what is driving westerners towards acquiring these tubs.

What I mean when I say that Japanese tubs are deep is that once you sit inside–upright posture, (they have built-in seats by the way) the water’s level rises to your chin. This, therefore, makes them more of soaking tubs and you have to enter only after taking a bath (they are not designed for bathing like the Western tubs).

Because of the tub’s depth, it allows water to be hot for a long time. It’s steam clouds brings out a feel-good factor, especially if you have an ailment such as a cold.

The major concept behind the creation of Japanese tubs is to relax. Hygiene, therefore, is a major consideration before dipping yourself into the tub. This is because the water in the tab is not normally used by one person. And considering how the Eastern culture takes seriously the issues of bathing–it being both a spiritual and physical renewal, therefore, makes it necessary to be clean before stepping into a bath.

Structure of Japanese Soaking Tubs.

Traditionally, they were made of Hinoki (a type of wood) which has a lemon scent together with cedar which has a sweet scent. This mixture of aroma is therapeutic and can be a good solution for asthma and lung congestion problems. As their popularity increased, it has led to modern tubs being made of materials such as steel and copper.


Japanese soaking tubs can be installed in a variety of ways, but the two common ways are either installing them in a sunken area or open-standing. In an open-standing, ensure to put steps to the top that will allow you to enter the tab safely. It is usually advisable to consult a professional to help you install your tub if you are unfamiliar with fixtures.

Benefits of Japanese Tubs.

Japanese tubs use less water as compared to western tubs of the same measurements. Some tubs contain inline heaters responsible for heating the water, and this allows you to enjoy warm water as long as possible. For small bathrooms, they are the best since they take up little space. In fact, their general characteristics (small stature), make them ideal for small spaces.

Ensures relaxation of the body, mind, and soul among people with stress. Hot water in the tub also gives you a cardiovascular workout making your blood vessels dilate and improve general body blood circulation. This is especially after a strenuous physical activity such as running. It also helps people with chronic joints, either at the legs or at the back. Such tubs allow you to enjoy spa-like luxury without going on vacations.

Integration with Westerners.

Taking a “bath” while seated is as relaxing and beneficial when compared to the traditional European tubs (if not better). And the good thing is that the tub’s design supports your body and you can lean and let go. That’s why it is advisable to revamp your bath and create an aura that suits your tastes and styles.

One thing we mentioned above is that Japanese tubs are meant for indulgence, but you can choose to wash in yours. The freedom here being that, the house is all yours and it is not a must you adopt Japanese traditions.

An outdoor tub is another great idea to consider. Choose a strategic place within your compound for your tub where you will have a good view and enjoy what nature offers – a great way to renew your mind and soul.  The choice of tub here is still yours and you can either go for a sunken tub or a freestanding tub.

Generally, this is it about Japanese tubs and if you have had a first-time experience using them or some other idea, you can share with me in the comment section below.

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