Regular bathtubs can sometimes be a bit unsatisfying for those who like to soak in the tub. They are just not deep enough for total immersion while sitting. One solution to this problem is the Japanese soaking tub. These tubs are typically at least 22 inches deep, with some going as deep as 32 inches. You can find these tubs in a number of different shapes, including rectangular, circular, oval, square, and even hexagonal.

Although these tubs can be a bit expensive, there are some drop in tub options that are a bit more reasonably priced. The Signature Hardware Drop In Japanese Soaking Tub is $1,924.95. The one person tub is 32 inches deep and measures 40 inches by 40 inches. It is a regular bath with a built in seat, but if you want to pay a bit extra you can also get it as an air bath or a whirlpool bath. A two person version of this soaking tub is also available for $2,164.95. It measures 60 inches by 40 inches and has two seats.

Signature Hardware also sells hammered copper or acrylic stand alone soaking tubs starting around $3,000. These tubs do not have faucet holes, and must be used with freestanding tub fillers or tub fillers that are mounted to the floor or wall. One of the less expensive choices is the Caruso Round Japanese Soaking Tub, which sells for $2,970.95. It is 47″ in diameter and 32″ deep. For those wishing for something that is a bit more luxurious, there is the 72″ Riley Double Wall Hexagon Copper Soaking Air Bath Tub. This tub is hand made and costs $9,389.95. However, it comes with a remote control that is waterproof (and floats so you can easily find it) to control the 16 air jets that are included in the price of the tub.

Japanese soaking tubs made in the more traditional style can be purchased from Japanese Bath in Alaska. They sell 22 inch deep wooden ofuros (which is what these tubs are called in Japan) made out of Alaskan cedar or hinoki in four different sizes in each circular, elliptical and rectangular shapes. They will also make a custom tub to fit the space you have available. A 42 inch diameter Hinoki Circle Ofuro is one of the smaller tubs available and costs $3,350, which is at the lower end of the price range. Closer to the other end of the price range, the 60 inch by 30 inch Alaska Yellow Cedar Rectangular Ofuro costs $5,610 and is one of the larger tubs available.

Source by Simon Harris