practice was brought to Japan in 6th century (A.D. 500)
together with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan.
prepared bathroom for serving to general public. This practice had
been enjoyed by people during the long period all the time in
In Edo era, in
early 17th century (around 1615), current style of bath
so-called “Sento” or bath house, where tea service and game plays
were prepared in addition to bathing, paying some fixed charge
Joint bathing of
men and women stayed for long period but it was prohibited by law in
1890 (Meiji 23).
“Sento” or public
bath is made of large deep bathtub and broad washing floor.
Neither of body
washing nor towel dipping are permitted in the bathtub everywhere.
Warming in bathtub
and cleaning at washing floor must be separated.
This practice is
true all over Japan including every hot spring spa.
charge is \420 per person in Chiba Prefecture.
Recently in many
places, there appeared “Super Sento” where massage, steaming,
restaurant and other enjoyments are available at preference with
Japanese people are
enthusiastic in taking bath.