|Ofuros / Japanese Soaking Tubs
|The Japanese bathing ritual consists of cleansing
the body at a wash station, followed by a
relaxing soak in a deep tub filled with clear
hot water. These tubs, known as ofuros, have
recently become popular in high end western
bathrooms as the relaxing benefits of a long
quiet soak have become increasingly appreciated.
Traditionally, these tubs were made from
wood, although recently models have been
manufactured from acrylic or fiberglass.
Orfuros are available from specialty companies
that sell them both as standard sizes and
custom made. They can be ordered either as
kits or fully assembled.
If you are thinking of buying
an ofuro, consider
- Ofuros are available in rectangular, elliptical
and circular shapes in many sizes. When filled
they can be quite heavy, so the floor may
need to be reinforced in order to support
- These tubs frequently use a recirculation
heating system that will keep the water hot
or adjust the water temperature. This system
usually consists of a quiet pump, a washable
cartridge filter, a heater and a set of controls.
The whole system is so small that it can
easily be installed on site, but out of sight.
- Wooden tubs should be made from vertical
grained, quarter sawn, heartwood
been properly dried. Rot resistant
is a good choice. Wooden tubs
a drain in the bottom but no
they should only be installed
on a waterproof
floor with a central drain
to prevent accidental
The Japanese like to place an ofuro where
the bather can enjoy a pleasing natural view.
This considerably adds to the relaxing experience.