The Art of the Japanese Bath

House in Asamayama
by Kidosaki Architects Studio

The Art of the Japanese Bath

We recently featured this residence in Nagano Prefecture with an exceptional view of Mt. Asama from the living room. The client also wished to gaze at the mountain while bathing. The bathtub is positioned at an angle so that – when laying in the tub – the view is aligned with the peak of the mountain.

 

Kasahara House in Karuizawa
by Ken Yokogawa Architect Associates

The Art of the Japanese Bath

Situated in Nagano Prefecture across from Mt. Asama, this weekend house has a bathroom attached to the master bedroom. This private room is situated on the lower level along the hill. The wall on northwest is fully glazed and screened by the forest. There are two bathtubs in the room: one made of cypress while the other is dug in the black-granite-clad floor.

The Art of the Japanese Bath

 

Villa M in Fujizakura
by Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

The Art of the Japanese Bath

This weekend house in Yamanashi Prefecture has an outdoor bath connected to the main building by a bridge. The architect was inspired by the clients’ son’s love for baths – he was only an elementary school student at the time – to create this hexagonal bath made of black granite with a wooden canopy.

 

Cliff House
by Yoshifumi Nakamura

The Art of the Japanese Bath

Perched atop the cliff in Kanagawa Prefecture, this bathroom occupies southwest corner facing Mt. Fuji. The custom-order Japanese umbrella pine bathtub sits quaintly in the middle of the space.

 

Lemm Hut
by Yoshifumi Nakamura

The Art of the Japanese Bath

The architect designed this small hut in the rural area in Nagano as his weekend house. The self-sustaining hut has a bath house with goemon-style tub. The water in this cast-iron tub is directly heated by a fire below. Since the bottom of the tub is very hot, the bather would sit on a wooden deck, which hangs on the wall in the above photo.

 

White Hut and Tilia Japonica
by Takahashi Maki and Associates

The Art of the Japanese Bath

We recently featured this small house – nominated for the 28th annual Shinkenchiku Award– located by a park in a residential neighborhood in Saitama Prefecture. The top floor of the 58 m2 (624 ft2) house is dedicated to a bathroom. The bathtub is positioned in the middle of the floor, and the person taking a bath can gaze at the sky through the roof trusses or hear the activity in the adjacent park.

 

Sky Garden House
by Keiji Ashizawa Design

The Art of the Japanese Bath

This house for a young family and their parents is located in a residential neighborhood in Tokyo. The bathroom is located beneath the ground, along the sloping street. The enclosed space receives natural light from a top light, which gives the dark-grey-tile-clad room an austere atmosphere.

 

Dual House
by Kohmura Kenichi / Ken-Architects

The Art of the Japanese Bath

The two bathrooms of this house – located in a residential neighborhood in Tokyo – have distinct characters. One faces a park on the west and the other faces the adjacent bamboo grove to the east. The sloped ceiling of the east side bathroom is clad with bamboo reflecting its surroundings.

The Art of the Japanese Bath

 

Earth, Wind & Sunshine
by Akira Hikone / A. H. Architects

The Art of the Japanese Bath

The bathroom of this residence faces its inner courtyard. In the summer, cool breeze blows over the pond outside.

 

House in Yamasaki
by Yo Shimada

The Art of the Japanese Bath

Located in a valley in Hyogo Prefecture that has many cloudy days throughout the year, the bathroom of this residence is covered by a double layer of translucent polycarbonate sheets. The light-filled white space is enlivened by fluorescent orange shower curtain and a brightly colored acrylic step. The room below receives sunlight through the stairway.

 

Soft and Hairy House
by Ushida Findlay

The Art of the Japanese Bath

This bathroom is enclosed in a small round pod. Dotted by circular windows, the organic womb-like environment makes bathing inside an otherworldly experience.

 

House in Karuizawa
by Yasushi Horibe Architect & Associates

The Art of the Japanese Bath

Dark stone and light pine boards contrast to give this leafy outdoor bathroom a calming atmosphere for this weekend house in Karuizawa.

 

House in Shioya
by Mitsumasa Sadakata / uemachi laboratory

The Art of the Japanese Bath

Light is filtered through timber slats covering the ceiling and glazing offering privacy and texture. When the window is open, there’s an unobstructed view to the Seto Inland Sea.

 

House in Monzen
by Satoshi Okada architects

The Art of the Japanese Bath

A hidden skylight provides light to this bath with a private zen-like view of a solitary Japanese maple.

 

House in Ichihara
by Yasushi Horibe Architect & Associates

The Art of the Japanese Bath

This very compact bathroom is lined in thin tiles. The small, yet deep, wooden bath looks into a small courtyard.

 

Floating House between Sea and Forest
by Eiji Ueno / Oak Village

The Art of the Japanese Bath

Sliding glass doors slide open to reveal the corner of this home to the garden, and the bath can be used as rotenburo, traditional Japanese open-air bath.

 

Lakeside House
by Kidosaki Architects Studio

The Art of the Japanese Bath

Wood is a common feature in Japanese baths. The generous wet room is lined in hinoki wood which naturally resists rot and mold.

The Art of the Japanese Bath

An outdoor bath is called a rotenburo in Japanese. This one is enclosed in its own small precinct by a wooden fence. Bathers can stare up at the pine trees as they have a soak.

 

House in Machikaneyama
by Kita Chikara

The Art of the Japanese Bath

This bath and shower is located in a terrace. The double-layered glass skylight can be open, making it feel like an outdoor extension of the en suite bathroom.