Public Bathhouse Scene

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?

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.

This is very common in Japanese media since the country still has many public baths. 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 yukata 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.

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. Scenes come in two types: washing up (with extremely high chance of Fanservice) and then relaxing in the bath talking. Chances of "skinship" or Les Yay subtext are very high; guaranteed, in fact, if a female Loveable Sex Maniac is around. If a male Loveable Sex Maniac is present on the male side, expect him to try to sneak a peek at the girls' side. (Or expect the baths to be coed.) Censor Steam is usually on, as well as conveniently placed soap bubbles (at least in the TV version—if there is a Too Hot for TV version then these will be removed.) You may also see characters carrying a Modesty Towel into the actual bath (in Real Life towels are never allowed in, same as in Hot Springs).

This type of scene is so common in anime there is even a wiki that catalogues them.

Related to Hot Springs Episode and Furo Scene.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • A Bride's Story 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.
  • Busou Renkin
    • The male characters go to a bathhouse, and, since they're bored, decide to compare the sizes of their "XXXXX". The protagonist's is about average, while the nearby captain of the kendo team is so beautiful that it appears as a cloud of sparkles and reduces them all to tears. Humourously, Papillion is there, 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, humourous antics (as well as Fanservice) in several espisodes of Chobits.
  • In Code Geass, one of the Picture Dramas features a group of Ashford girls (Milly, Shirley, Kallen and Nina) taking a bath together in the Ashford Academy's bath house.
  • Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! has this as a common occurrence since Yumoto's older brother runs a hot spring bathhouse and said bathhouse is close to Binan High.
  • Dog Days: The Hero goes to the one in the castle and of course walks in on the princess.
  • As quoted above, 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 No Social Skills Mizumachi tries to peek on a not-quite-Skinship Grope between Mamori and Suzuna.
  • During the class trip in Girl Friends. A self-conscious Akko tries to see Mari without letting Mari see her. Unfortunately, Akko passes out in the bathwater, prompting Mari to 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 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 Hell Teacher Nube, when all of Doumori was haunted by a bath-based 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 Yukime... and the Obake. 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.
  • Hidamari Sketch: season one and season 2 each have a trip there, Yuno being shy wraps a towel around her breasts.
  • In Volume 8 of Honey and Clover, Ayu and Miwako go to a health resort, which includes this before they get massages.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
  • A common occurrence in Osomatsu-san, where the brothers and other male characters go to a bathhouse (pictured above).
  • 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. The bomber turns out to be a woman, so the men had no chance to find her.
  • Several times in Ranma ˝: 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 Escalating War 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.
  • Tenchi Muyo! 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 To Love-Ru "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.
  • Urusei Yatsura
    • 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.
  • A cause for hilarity in Shoukoku No Altair when Mahmut, Ahmet and Kurt are relaxing in the hamam, then suddenly a butt-naked Zeki Pasha appears and immediately starts scolding them.
  • Happens semi-regularly in Elegant Yokai Apartment Life. The cast (especially Yushi) is often seen relaxing there after their latest shenanigans. Later on, Hase joins them.

    Comic Books 
  • In 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 not even the right species to have any inappropriate ulterior motive for wanting to meet there.



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    Professional Wrestling 
  • On August 21, 1995, the 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 IWA Japan World Tag Team Champions the Head Hunters (A&B) vs. Shin-FMW (Tarzan Goto and Mr. Gannosuke)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.

    Video Games 
  • In Shantae, public bath houses serve as the game's Trauma Inn in the first game.
  • In the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates, 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 Accidental Pervert and is hilariously chased around by a very angry Hana as a result.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 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 armed vampire running through.