If you want to bring an Asian feel to your bathroom, a Japanese Soaking Tub is the perfect way to do so. These unique accent pieces are becoming more and more popular in modern homes and architecture since they don’t take up a lot of space, have great health benefits, and make you feel incredibly relaxed.
What is a Japanese soaking tub?
Japanese soaking tubs, aka “ofuro” have been used for centuries in ancient Japan as the indoor version of their natural hot springs. The Japanese hold bathing in high regard for its cleansing and purifying properties of both the body and soul.
These Japanese Soaking Tub and typically smaller and but deeper than the traditional western-styled bathtub. You sit upright in the tub and when full, the water comes all the way up under your chin. If you love to sit in hot tubs at resorts then having your personal ofuro will be your joy and delight.
In Japan, their soaking tubs are traditionally made out of Hinoki wood. Finding Hinoki wood might be a bit of a problem so American soaking tubs are typically made out of Port Orford Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Western Red Cedar, or some are even lucky enough to find sustainably-harvested teak.
Japanese Soaking Tub Benefits
Tub soaking has multiple benefits for body, mind and soul. Sitting in a tub of water not only has hygienic and cleansing benefits, but is also has many medicinal benefits including:
- Improving heart health
- Help you breath easier
- Benefit your brain and nervous system
- Soothe and heal your muscles, joints and bones
- Improve your blood circulation and immunity
- Balance your hormones
Japanese Soaking Tub Design Ideas
now that you know what a Japanese Soaking Tub is, here are some designs that may inspire your next home project!