The Kyoto 48 is 48" long, 30" wide, and 26" tall: a medium-sized tub that features our beautiful sloped design on all four sides. This tub is large enough for most adults. This is an example of a traditional Japanese soaking tub also known as an ofuro. Very deep with water up over your shoulders.
A Japanese soaking tub or "ofuro" is the authentic traditional wooden bathtub made famous in Japan. They are typically deeper and shorter than most American tubs.
Easy to use: Simply fill with hot water for a nice relaxing soak, then drain when finished. Ofuros are normally used as a soaking tub after a shower, however, bath salts or bath oils are fine. We do not recommend using this tub as a "shower tub". See our FAQ section for more...
Our Expertise: We have become the premier builders of the ofuro bathtub. We have developed a proprietary design that makes the ofuro completely user-friendly, easy to maintain and guaranteed. Our tubs are made one at a time using a combination of traditional and modern techniques. Let us help you choose the perfect tub for your amazing bath. Give us a call. 888 810 7717
Wood choice: This tub is most often made with Hinoki - the famous light colored and aromatic wood that is considered sacred for its beauty and strength. Hinoki has a lemon/ginger aroma that fills your bath area with each use. Other choices are Red Cedar, and Teak. All the wood we use is of the finest grade - vertical grained, quartersawn heartwood, properly dried and free of defects. More about our wood and green harvest methods.
Shape choice: The Kyoto is our rectangular ofuro with angled sides. The Onsen model has vertical sides. Our ofuros are intended for indoor use however they are build to withstand the outdoor environment.
Depth and Size: We make several sizes and we do custom work as well. In general the ofuro is smaller but deeper than standard tubs. Very deep. Twenty two inches of blissful hot water. That is amost twice as deep as the average American bathtub. We get the steaming hot water up over your shoulders! Smaller tubs are designed for a single bather but larger sizes are available for two or more.
Room design: A traditional Japanese ofuro room is a sanctuary with a showering and soaking area - open in design with a waterproof floor and a central drain. The soaking tub is adjacent and placed to enjoy a natural view if possible. The Japanese style of bathing begins with a leisurely and thorough washing outside the tub using plenty of soap and shampoo and hot water. Next the bather slips into the crystal-clear, steaming hot water for a completely relaxing quiet soak. See our photo gallery for some design ideas! The Ofuro can also be installed outdoors. For more ideas we recommend "The Japanese Bath" by Bruce Smith. Give us a call to discuss other design considerations.
Warranty information: The tub is warranted against manufacturing defects for 3 years of private residential use from the date of purchase. Warranty for commercial use is 1 year from date of purchase. This warranty does not cover: a) damage caused by installation or handling, b) improper use of the tub, c) lack of proper maintenance of the tub, d) water damage caused by improper installation, e) damaged caused by insufficient ventilation in the bath area, f) damage related to radiant heat systems, g) damage caused by water chemistry such as mineral or hard water, h) damage caused by bath products used in the tub, i) water damage to surrounding areas due to improper catchment of overflow. This warranty is void if any modifications are made to the tub – this is includes but is not limited to: holes cut into the tub for plumbing, attachments to the tub walls or floor, modifications to the interior or exterior of the tub. If the tub needs repair under warranty, we will perform the repair at our shop. The cost of shipping the tub for repair is not covered by warranty. This warranty is for the original purchaser only and is not transferable.