Hotel Splashes The Cash With World's 1st Pure Platinum Bath

Hotel splashes the cash with world's 1st pure platinum bath

KISARAZU, Chiba Prefecture--Even the glistening gold of Donald Trump's penthouse has got nothing on the latest accessory in a hotel here--the world's first pure-platinum bathtub, valued at 380 million yen ($3.45 million).

The Ryugujo Spa Hotel Mikazuki Fujimitei has given the tub pride of place in its large observation bathroom on the 11th floor, from which Mount Fuji can be seen on clear days.

The hotel also boasts another bathtub made of 18-karat gold, valued at 290 million yen.

Both bathtubs were created by Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry KK and each measure 70 centimeters long, 120 cm wide and 65 cm tall. Some stainless steel was used to strengthen them.

The Hotel Mikazuki group runs four hotels, all featuring gold bathtubs, which have proved popular among visitors.

The gold tub at a hotel in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, was stolen in 2007, and someone broke off part of the one at a branch in Katsuura, also in the prefecture, in 2013.