- Step 1: Fill the bath Fill the ofuro with water heated to between 102 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which is much hotter than typical western bathwater.
- Step 2: Rinse yourself Rinse yourself thoroughly in the washing area outside of the ofuro before stepping into the bath.
- TIP: The washing area outside the bath will typically include a hose shower. If it doesn't, remove water from the bath with a plastic bucket to rinse yourself.
- Step 3: Enter the bath Step slowly into the ofuro and make yourself comfortable. Savor the warmth of the bath.
- Step 4: Exit the bath Exit the ofuro when you have had enough or become too hot.
- TIP: Dry yourself with a towel after exiting the ofuro, or wash yourself with soap prior to re-entering it. Rinse the soap off so you do not introduce any soap into the ofuro.
- Step 5: Do not drain the bath water Do not drain the water in the ofuro if others will be bathing after you. Japanese custom is that all members of a household use the same bath water.
- FACT: In Japan, bathing in a volcanic hot spring -- an onsen -- is considered a form of relaxation -- not a way to get clean.
You Will Need
- Japanese ofuro
- Heated bath water
- Washing area
- Water for rinsing
- Shower (optional)
- Bucket (optional)
- Towel (optional)
- Soap (optional)