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->'''Kakei:''' By the way… Mizumachi, what are you doing?\\
'''Mizumachi:''' Eh? What do you mean? When you're in a public bath, you either swim or peep, right?\\
'''Everyone:''' YOU DO NEITHER!
-->-- ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''

When people are seen going to and bathing in a public bath. Public baths have appeared in many cultures, from the ancient Romans to the Russians and Japanese. Usually gender segregated, everyone spends their time washing off and relaxing with their fellow sex.

Public baths frequently appear in media from countries such as Japan and Turkey, where they are still commonplace. They are usually used by lower class citizens who don't have a bathtub in their home (just a shower), or when the household's bathtub is not working. When going to and from one, expect everyone to be wearing a really plain towel and carrying a bath pan with shampoo and conditioner… which can be used as a weapon if needed, and finally drink some nice, cold milk after they get out.

Different cultures have particular customs associated with the bathhouse, as well as localized names: in Turkey they are called ''hamam'', in Korea ''jjimjilbang'', and in Russia ''banya''. A Japanese bath house (referred to as a ''sento'') will always have a large wall painting of Mt Fuji in the background, as bathing in the shadow of Mt Fuji is good luck. In modern Finland, the use of steam bathhouses called ''saunas'' is not only a popular communal activity, but an integral part of family life.

Scenes come in two types: washing up (with extremely high chance of {{Fanservice}}) and then relaxing in the bath talking. Depending on the media, chances of [[SkinshipGrope "skinship"]] or [[HoYay Les Yay]] subtext are very high; guaranteed, in fact, if a female LoveableSexManiac is around. If a male LoveableSexManiac is present on the male side, expect him to try to sneak a peek at the girls' side, if the baths aren't already co-ed. On the other end of the spectrum, the bathhouse can be the ideal place to [[DeadlyBath carry out a murder]]: potential victims will likely be unarmed and vulnerable, and in the event of a struggle, the abundance of hard surfaces alone are a magnet for [[DeathByFallingOver lethal head trauma injuries]].

CensorSteam is usually on, as well as [[CensorSuds conveniently placed soap bubbles]][[note]]at least in the TV version -- if there is a TooHotForTV version then these will be removed.[[/note]]. You may also see characters carrying a ModestyTowel into the actual bath, although in RealLife, towels are almost never allowed in.

This type of scene is so common in anime [[TheWikiRule there is even a wiki]] [[http://animebaths.wikia.com/wiki/Anime_Bath_Scene_Wiki that catalogues them.]]

Related to HotSpringsEpisode and FuroScene.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/ABridesStory'' has an arc about two women who meet and become friends in their local bathhouse, including many lovingly drawn scenes of dozens of naked or nearly naked ladies. The men's bath is also shown, including a vigorous massage that looks like it popped all of Mr. Smith's limbs out of their sockets.
* The research group in Lyrias goes to a public bath to relax and celebrate after they succeed with their experiments in ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime''. Suzu invites along Obi and Kirito as well since Shidan and Lata don't go.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin''
** The [[FemaleGaze male]] characters go to a bathhouse, and, since they're bored, decide to compare the sizes of their [[UnusualEuphemism "XXXXX"]]. The protagonist's is about average, while the [[MonsterOfTheWeek nearby captain of the kendo team]] is so beautiful that it appears as a cloud of sparkles and reduces them all to tears. Humourously, [[TheRival Papillion]] is there, [[GagPenis and his is implied to be the biggest]].
** While in the manga the girls go to a teahouse at this point, this is switched in the anime so that they go to a bathhouse too -- with all the usual [=Fanservice=], ''Skinship'' and Les Yay that usually goes with it.
* A public bath is the source of, or setting for, [[HilarityEnsues humourous antics]] (as well as [=Fanservice=]) in several espisodes of ''Manga/{{Chobits}}''.
* In ''Franchise/CodeGeass'', one of the [[AllThereInTheManual Picture Dramas]] features a group of Ashford girls (Milly, Shirley, Kallen and Nina) taking a bath together in the Ashford Academy's bath house.
* ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' has this as a common occurrence since Yumoto's older brother runs a hot spring bathhouse and said bathhouse is close to Binan High.
* ''Anime/DogDays'': The Hero goes to the one in the castle and of course [[AccidentalPervert walks in on the princess.]]
* Happens semi-regularly in ''LightNovel/ElegantYokaiApartmentLife''. [[MonsterRoommate The cast]] (especially [[TheHero Yushi]]) is often seen relaxing there after their latest shenanigans. Later on, [[BestFriend Hase]] joins them.
* As quoted above, ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' has Monta, Sena, Mamori, and Suzuna meet their old enemies, the Poseidons, at a bath house. While Monta and Sena try to get intel on their next opponent, the Bando Spiders, the NoSocialSkills Mizumachi tries to peek on a [[InnocentInnuendo not-quite]]-SkinshipGrope between Mamori and Suzuna.
* During the class trip in ''Manga/GirlFriends''. A self-conscious Akko tries to see Mari without letting Mari see her. Unfortunately, Akko passes out in the bathwater, prompting Mari to [[EpicFail carry her out of the bathhouse, dry her off, put on her underwear and pajamas, and tuck her into bed.]]
-->'''Akko:''' ''Just kill me now.''
* Rushuna and Yajiro both visited a public bath in the 4th episode of ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' even though both sides were empty and they were the only ones on both sides.
** Rushuna visits another public bath in the 10th episode.
* An extended scene in ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', when all of Doumori was haunted by a bath-based [[{{Youkai}} [=Obake=]]] and no one could take baths or even shower for days. Fed up, Nube's entire class decided to go to a public bathhouse together, as did Nube, Ritsuko (who is a long-time client) and [[AnIcePerson Yukime]]... and the [=Obake=]. [[spoiler: This is because the ''sento'' owner was about to close the baths down, so said Obake invaded the nearby homes to help her gather money. With some help of Nube, they punish some bad guys who were blackmailing the old lady, and the bath house recovered its popularity even after the house baths were back to normal.]]
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'': season one and season 2 each have a trip there, Yuno being shy wraps a towel around her breasts.
* In Volume 8 of ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'', Ayu and Miwako go to a health resort, which includes this before they get massages.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** The [[AudioAdaptation first Sound Stage]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' had the main protagonists and their {{Muggle}} friends visiting the newly opened public house at the same time as [[HeroAntagonist Hayate and the Wolkenritter]], [[MissedHimByThatMuch with a chance meeting being avoided]] due to [[ShipTease Nanoha and Fate spending their time there washing each other's backs]] instead of wandering around.
** The [[AudioAdaptation first Sound Stage]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' had the cast going to the same bath house when they visited earth for a mission, with [[PuppyLove Erio and Caro]] having some BathtubBonding when the latter went over to the male side of the bath house after she learned that children could go wherever they want.
* A common occurrence in ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'', where the brothers and other male characters go to a bathhouse (pictured above).
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}} The New Files'' has the officers of [=SV2=] visit a public bath after their improvised bathtub blows up. There, they wind up having to search for a bomber who has three moles in the right armpit. Naturally, the search turns into an enormous naked brawl. [[spoiler: The bomber turns out to be a woman, so the men had no chance to find her.]]
* Several times in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': either because the Tendo home's bath breaks, or the scene involves Ryoga, who tends to visit public bathhouses during his travels. More often than not, a fight breaks out. Usually on the male side.
** The major example is when Ranma fight Happosai (that naturally want peep the girls, Akane included) in a sort of EscalatingWar with the two uses items from around the bathhouse, like towels and pails, as weapons. At the end, with all the cute girls gone (and it reavealed that Akane and nabiki wear smiwsuit for all the time), Happosai is tricked from Ranma female form.
* A cause for hilarity in ''Manga/ShoukokuNoAltair'' when Mahmut, Ahmet and Kurt are relaxing in the hamam, then suddenly a butt-naked Zeki Pasha appears and immediately starts scolding them.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' had two episodes set in a hotel with a public bathhouse. The first episode (episode 4) had Ryoko and Ayeka having their first major fight, leading to Mihoshi being stranded on Earth when she attempts to find the criminal Kagato and wrecking the place. The second episode (episode 9) had the gang invited back... to ''fix'' this mess, leading to the gang learning the secret connection between Sasami and Tsunami.
* In the two-part story of ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' "War At The Public Bathhouse", Yami, along with Lala, Haruna and Mikan, is attacked in a public bath by two bounty hunters who use Rito (controlled by a device) because they know that Yami will never kill him. Thanks to Lala, who hack the device, their plan fail and are defeat.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''
** An episode has Ataru finds the perfect part-time job - a washing attendant at a bathhouse - which he excitedly anticipates as being an opportunity to ogle and grope naked women. However, it doesn't turn out the way he expected.
** Another episode has Ataru and friend try to peep the girls in an old bathhouse. Turn out at the end that all the girls wears swimsuits.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Drowntown}}'', Gina and Izzy meet Solly, who has a job for them, at a public mud spa. They're not all that pleased about getting into a mud bath with him, although as he points out, he's [[UpliftedAnimal not even the right species]] to have any inappropriate ulterior motive for wanting to meet there.

* In ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', the lawyer Estermann and the judge Mullan [[spoiler:and Lyra Heartstrings]] share a (modern, western, pseudo-Roman) one at one point. It's decidedly awkward, though not necessarily for all the ''expected'' reasons.

* A lengthy scene in TheMovie of ''Series/UpPompeii'', inevitably used for both {{Fanservice}} and FanDisservice.
* ''Spa Night'', a 2016 film directed by Andrew Ahn, is one big PublicBathScene, as most of the film takes place in a Korean-style sauna/public bath in Los Angeles.

* Chapter 11 of ''Literature/{{Dodger}}'' has a scene in which Solomon takes Dodger to the Turkish baths in Commercial Road.
* ''Literature/HappyBirthdayToYou'': The Mustard-Off Pools.
* In ''Literature/RangersAtRoadsend'' Chip and Katryn visit a public bath. Chip tries not to ogle Katryn, with [[LesYay limited success]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/ResshaSentaiToqger'' has an episode devoted to a bathhouse, including several scenes of Toqgers bathing.
* Tiberius and Drusus have a conversation in a bath in ''Series/IClaudius''.
* Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack : Larry and his dad have a conversation about Piper. In a gay bathhouse, which slowly dawns on Larry. Includes a FunnyBackgroundEvent of a couple of lovers, and of course, counts as a FanDisservice-y ShirtlessScene.
* ''Series/TheBorgias'' had one where Micheletto [[DeadlyBath tries to attack]] Cardinal Della Rovere in the baths. It doesn't work.
* In ''Series/TheHollowCrown'', Prince Hal and Ned have a long conversation in a public bathhouse.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* On August 21, 1995, the [[GarbageWrestler hardcore]] wrestling promotion IWA Japan held a Bath House Death Match. The rules seemed to involve the baths being equivalent to the tag ropes, and, as time passes, logs are added to the fire. Leaving the pool draws a warning ("yellow card") and can lead to a wrestler being disqualified. The first match was the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/iwaj/iwaj-t.html IWA Japan World Tag Team Champions]] the Head Hunters (A&B) vs. Shin-Wrestling/{{FMW}} ([=Tarzan=] Goto and Mr. Gannosuke)[[note]]Goto and Gannosuke had left Wrestling/{{FMW}} for IWA.[[/note]]. They actually wrestled around while naked women tried to stay out of the way. Shin-FMW won when Head Hunter B couldn't stand the heat and rolled out of the bath. The second match was Goto and Gannosuke vs. Shoji Nakamaki & Keisuke Yamada. Goto/Gannosuke won via Goto dunking Yamada's head under water for a 5 count.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'', public bath houses serve as the game's TraumaInn in the first game.
* In the upcoming ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the "My Castle" feature allows the player to build a bath house in their own base. So far the trailers have shown a male Avatar using it to show the mechanics, incluidng scenes where: he and Silas take baths and get teased by Subaki, Ryoma shows up and offers to wash his (the Avatar)'s back, and finally the Avatar ends up as an AccidentalPervert and [[PervertRevengeMode is hilariously chased around]] by a very angry [[BadassAdorable Hana]] as a result.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has a public bath underneath a gang-owned massage parlour in Chinatown, where the player has to extract a kidnapping victim. The person in the bath is the only non-hostile in the building -- perhaps it's relaxing enough to make him ignore the [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight armed vampire running through]].