A Short Guide to the Almighty Japanese Toilets

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  • A toilet is something very important in our lives. Without a toilet, your very life would be incomplete. In Japan, a toilet may cause you to panic. But don’t worry, after reading this article you will be a true professional in the Japanese toilets!

    Free Toilets for everyone

    Unlike in some countries where you have to pay for using a toilet (like in some of the German train stations, where you have to pay at least 1 euro), in Japan all toilets are free of charge. In the parks, train stations, public buildings, schools, convenience stores and shopping malls. Whereever you use a toilet in, it is supposed to be free of charge.

    Toilets in Japan

    Generally, the toilets in Japan consist of two kinds. Japanese traditional toilet and western style toilet

    Japanese Traditional Toilet/Squat Toilet

    A squat toilet is very different from a western toilet. It looks different, and need to be used differently. How so? A squat toilet looks like a urinal set horizontally on the floor. When using it, you should squats over the toilet, facing the semicircle wall. Why? So that you do not miss and wet the floor. Are you wondering why the hole is in front of you? Don’t worry, there will be a rush of water flowing from behind you flushing whatever there is into the hole.

    Western Style Toilet

    Even though the style is western type, the features are totally different. Japanese toilets are quite high-tech. Yes, you see “high tech” and “toilet” in the same sentence. Unlike the usual toilets in other countries, the toilets in Japan are full of buttons and sensors. You will be amazed at how many buttons the toilet can have. From a sound button to drier button. They even have the “music/sound” button, so you don’t need to worry about the “unwanted noise” that happens as you do your “business”, it will be camouflaged by a song. Refer to the pictures to better understand how to use it!

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