Japan is well known for being among the top in their field for designing, manufacturing, and distributing high quality, best-in-class massage chairs.
They utilize and are dedicated to the latest cutting edge technology and engineering as well as the most cutting edge developments in massage techniques.
Japanese Massage Chair Models (although rare) distributed in USA through online retailers and brick and mortar stores chairs within a range of prices, styles, benefits, and functionality.
If you're trying to choose between a chair made in the Japan or USA over China, this review will help you in your research.
Chinese-made chairs often have a shorter lifespan, tend to be less reliable when it comes to parts and repair, and usually don't come with as good of a warranty as those made in Japan and the United States.
When manufactured in China, they last around ten years, and when made in Japan, that number goes up to about 15.
Similarly, when it comes to warranties, for a model made in China, you'll usually get a year on parts and service, whereas a similar product manufactured in Japan will usually give you a three-year warranty.
We've rounded up a review of the chairs that are completely manufactured in Japan, with a few exceptions. Where made outside Japan, we've noted the details, so you can see the specific discrepancies.
These discrepancies can include where the chair is designed and engineered, where individual parts come from, and where the chair is actually built.
It is very common, even for US and Japan-made products, to have some China-based components. Most companies do one hundred percent of the process in China.
And piecemeal approaches to the whole process is quite common and very often has at least one happening in China.
Where you see a China facet most frequently is with regard to where the chair is built. It's very common for everything to be conceived and engineered in Japan, and then sent to China for construction.
When you're looking for a 100% Japanese made unit, it pays to be very meticulous in your research because some companies will claim their chair is made in Japan, even if some of the less critical components are made in China.
3 Best Chairs That Are Made in Japan
Osaki OS-4D Pro JP Premium
Osaki designs, engineers, and builds most of their chairs in China, but the Osaki OS-4D Pro is an exception. It is one hundred percent made in Japan.
Built by a company called Fujiiryoki Japan, or Fuji Medical, the Osaki OS-4D is the same model as the top seller of Fuji Medical in Japan, the EC-3900.
This Osaki chair company started leading the way in chair technology way back in 1954, and it remains today one of the best in the world. The technology and quality can't be matched.
It has 44 air bags and uses a proprietary patented mechanism technology for an unrivaled whole-body air massage. You get not only a top-notch head and neck massage, but it also reaches hands and arms, buttocks, waist, calves, and feet.
The latest in stretching by way of gripping technology makes for optimal muscle tension relief, improved posture, and increased mobility. It relaxes the mind, relieves tension, and decreases stress and anxiety.
You can choose from four different programs that target specific areas: the back, hips, waist, thighs, and legs, and you can adjust the intensity between five levels.
There are also 10 automatic programs to choose from stretching, rejuvenating, and relaxing.
If you like tailoring your own therapeutic massage to suit your specific needs, you can create any program you want from 28 different techniques, including but not limited to tapping, 3D kneading, extreme kneading and tapping, neck relax, rubbing, shiatsu, and up and down deep kneading.
The foot roller includes option heat for the soles of your feet, and the airbags deliver compression massage to legs and calves.
Whereas you might have heard of 3D roller technology, some of the most advanced and quality rollers out there, this model goes one better. It utilizes a cutting-edge 4D system, called the Kiwami Mecha.
And with it you can adjust the speed, width, and strength of the roller balls. They penetrate into the back, making for a therapeutic deep tissue massage, hitting all of the areas of the back, including those that are notoriously hard to reach.
The neck, back, and deep behind the shoulder blades are accessed by the 4D rollers, working out tension and stress where we carry it most.
Like the Osaki OS-4D, which is a brand of the Fujiiryoki EC-3900, the EC-3800 is another version of the same chair. You get the same outstanding design, engineering, high quality parts and construction that you get with the Osaki OS-4D, all made 100% in Japan.
You get the patented 4D roller system and the full range of 28 massaging techniques to choose from.
All of the programs allow you to pick the area that needs the most relief, from neck and back, to shoulders, hips, waist, hands and feet.
You can choose multiple versions Kiwami kneading and tapping, alone or together.
When applied in combination, they work to release tension and knots from even the hardest to reach places. It also has the sought after stretching feature for shoulders, calves, and feet. It also features twisting at the waist and hips via airbag compression, which is good for increased circulation.
There's a pulse mode for a human-like feel, and the footrest has three positions that you can customize to target the areas of your legs, calves, and feet that need the most attention. The footrest also contains a slide that you can adjust for your height.
INADA DreamWave (Some parts made in China)
The INADA Massage Chair is engineered and made predominantly in Japan, but some of the components that they deem less critical are made in China. INADA is a good brand and a name you can trust when it comes to technology, design, and manufacturing.
If you're looking for excellent massage techniques, you'll definitely get them in the Inada chair (DreamWave).
This is a very popular chair that is well built. Just know that if you're aim for a chair to be 100% made in Japan, inclusive of all parts, you'll need to go with the Fujiiryoki or the Osaki. They are the top brands on the market at the moment. All of them include white glove delivery shipping as well as part of their shipping option.
The DreamWave is feature-rich and the benefits are many. You get infrared heating in the seat and lower back lumbar area, body scan for a customized massage personalized for your dimensions.
Air cells provide compression in a figure eight pattern for whole body massage, including your calves, feet, and soles.The massage area is 1200 square inches, some of the highest surface area coverage out there. There are 16 built in programs, and over a thousand different combinations to create in manual mode. Inada DreamWave rated highly by many experts & considered to be one of the top chairs on the market as of 2017.
Luraco Luraco iRobotics 7 (This One Actually Madein USA) - BONUS
I know that this suppose to be Japanese massage chair review article, but if you're looking for a chair made predominantly in the USA, the Luraco I7 is a great option.
They do have some of their parts built in Taiwan, but the bulk of the design and manufacturing is done in the United States. There are three layers of foot massage, and a 3D system for deep tissue penetration.
The stretch function is delivered by a swivel in the mid-body area that you can't find in many similar models. There is full-body heating, adjustable in five levels. With Luraco, you will get massage for every square inch of your body. Luraco comes worth the best warranty in the industry, so make sure you take warranty information in consideration while shopping. It is a good idea to download a manual and read all the product details in advance.
When you're shopping for a well made shiatsu massage chair, those manufactured in Japan are the top of the line. It is hard to find one that's really from Japan, inclusive of all parts and assembly, so it pays to do research.