A Japanese soaking hot tub (בריכות ספא), also called a Furo, is customarily created to be very deep and tall to make sure that the whole body will be submersed. It is usually made from wood and it has a rounded or squared feature. Some Japanese soaking tubs are made from granite stainless steel, acrylic glass, and tile. The Japanese soaking tub could be compared to the modern-day Jacuzzi or hot tub.
Originally, a Japanese hot tub (ג׳קוזי) is not really meant for bathing. It is traditionally just used relaxation purposes only. In fact, in a public bath, all those people who want to dip themselves in a tub, should clean their bodies before dipping into the hot water. This bath is called onsen in Japan. An onsen is an outdoor or indoor hot spring bathing facility in Japan.
It is customary in Japan that public freestanding soaking tubs are very necessary in people’s lives. It is a very important aspect of their everyday lives. People usually go to these baths to unwind and refresh their bodies. Plus, they believe that heated water, especially the water in the onsen, brings more than just relaxation. The hot water of Jacuzzi (בריכות ספא) is also believed to heal their body through the water’s rich mineral composition.
The Japanese people are very strict when it comes to their public baths. They strictly impose rules to ensure cleanliness. All of the guests should have already cleansed their body before taking a bath in the water. Also, any type of clothing and towels are not allowed to be brought in the public bath. However, there are now some public baths that allow the public bath users to bring along their own clothes and towels.