Fujiiryoki – the pioneer in massage chair manufacturing


Fujiiryoki is a massage chair brand that has been active on the world market for several decades. Its factories are where the world’s first massage chair was created, and subsequent high-tech massage chair models continue to lead the market and gain the trust of an ever-growing audience. Below, Paweł tells us about what Fujiiryoki has been delighting customers around the world with for so many years and what makes the brand stand out from its peers.


Fujiiryoki was the first brand in the world to create and introduce a massage chair into mass production. This first model was developed by Nobuo Fujimoto in 1954. After numerous experiments with boards, baseballs, bicycle chains or even handlebars, the “Fujiiryoki Automatic Massage Machine” came into being. The prototype of today’s massage chairs was made of wood and offered nothing more than a kneading back massage. Interestingly, it still works when plugged in and is an attraction at the Fujiiryoki factory in Osaka.


Upon the creation of the very first model, Nobuo Fujimoto established the Fujiiryoki Company in Hannamancho, Abeno-ku, Osaka, under the name “Fujiiryoki Workshop”. Today, this large Japanese company, part of the billion-dollar Johnson Health Tech Group and Asahi Holding, is constantly at the forefront of setting trends in the production of exclusive massage chairs and more. The massage chairs are part of a giant holding company that employs more than 700 people as of today.

Remarkably, despite its wide commercial reach, Fujiiryoki maintains its values and traditions, offering massage chairs of excellent craftsmanship and premium quality. Each successive model introduces new solutions that directly translate into comfort, precision and the highest standards of massage. The company has also spread the unique “Japanese massage chair culture” and contributed to improving the lifestyle and health of people around the world.

Fujiiryoki brand here at Rest Lords

The Fujiiryoki brand has been in our range for several years now. We started with the EC1700 and EC3700 models, then there was the EC2800 and EC3800. Until a few years ago, the JP1000 was available in the range, which stood out with massage incorporating more than 60 massage programmes, a precise scanning system and a fully relaxing deep muscle massage. Then came the JP2000 model. This is the first chair in the world featuring an artificial intelligence algorithm for an even better imitation of the movement of the human hand, resulting in a more effective and relaxing massage. We are now pleased to offer Fujiiryoki’s latest state-of-the-art chair, the JP3000. A massage chair that is distinguished by an enhanced artificial intelligence algorithm, dual full-body scanning, automatic arm position detection and registration of 8 key spots for massage, a unique Mindfulness massage and a comfortable Total Relax Position that is ideal for optimising the effects of stretching, and many, many more high-tech features! What’s important is that this chair is also certified as Japanese medical equipment. The Fujiiryoki brand is renowned for offering the highest quality massage chairs.

If you are interested in the Fujiiryoki brand, check out our product range. And if you are thinking about a top-of-the-range massage chair for yourself or want to try one out, feel free to contact us.


Paul, I have heard something about Fujiiryoki. Please can you tell me something about it?

Yes, it is the oldest brand in the massage chair market and it comes with its own history.
Fujiiryoki were the first series of massage chairs to be launched in 1954. The founder Naubo Fujimoto used to sell cleaning components for bathhouses and wondered what could be done to improve relaxation sessions. He thought about the massage process wondering if a machine could do it and for the first prototype, Mr Naubo used baseballs, bicycle chains and even wheels. As production began it was surprising, that the price was 80,000 yen, which was approximately 30,000 dollars. Very few people could afford it, so they were reserved just for rich customers. It is interesting to think that today, most massage chairs cost less than they did in the 1950s.

The models that you have, look different. One is very modern and the other looks like an old school version?

Yes, we are currently the happy owners of a brand new Fujiiryoki JP2000 and the second-oldest massage chair in Fujiiryoki history – model A1, produced in 1965.
After more than 50 years since its production, it still works and gives a pleasant and effective massage. There is a wheel on the side, which you use to move the massage mechanism up and down. It’s quite a simple piece of equipment, using just two massage techniques, but it works really well.
The newest model is called JP2000 and is the high-end version and is currently the flagship massage chair from Fujiiryoki. It uses dozens of innovative features including the AI algorithm, sophisticated 5D massage systems, air massage systems, rollers on the feet and gives an extremely accurate and effective massage.

Wow, the differences are obvious, they have made huge progress.

The history behind massage chairs is an interesting one and covers a technological journey of almost 70 years. Today, Fujiiryoki has a reputation as one of the world’s leaders in massage chair production, from its first humble beginnings using a bicycle chain in 1954 to advanced models in the 21st Century.

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Published: 2023.07.06

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