The One and Only Japanese Toilet That Everyone Is Talking About

Updated: Oct 2, 2018

Apart from authentic food and unique culture, Japan is known for its toilet. Many tourists from outside Japan will feel surprised/amazed/confused when they’re going to the loo for the first time in Japan. What’s special about that?


Well, clearly, Japan takes toilet to the next level. Hence, other people from developed countries are impressed. Japan produces high-tech toilet that commonly called “washlets” from popular brand TOTO. It has many features rarely seen in other parts of Asia.


Although you might find the old-fashioned squat toilet in public places, the washlets are reportedly installed in more than 80% of Japanese households. This Western-style toilets provide functions, such as cleaning, seat warming, drying, deodorization, and even music playing.


No wonder, the modern Japanese toilet comes with plenty of buttons. It has so many features that surprised people from around the world. More often than not, they will find it confusing because of the Japanese language buttons. This confusing moment is quite popular in comedy works set in Japan.


Thus, let’s get to know more to avoid any confusion about toilets in Japan! Japanese washlets will know that you are nearby. It will automatically open, and you can take a seat.


After you are on top of it, you will feel its warm seat. Most of the time, the seat temperature is the same as your body. You can enjoy more dazzling features that can be accessed by a control panel attached to the seat, or it could be mounted on the wall next to the toilet.


With the control panel, you are able to set water temperature and water pressure as you like. The toilet makes you won’t need toilet paper at all. To make it even cooler, you can play some music to relax while doing your business. At the end of it, there are automatic flushing and air deodorizing. It also has a germ-resistant surface.


The only ‘bad’ thing for this toilet is that the text explaining the control panel tends to be in Japanese only. It’s definitely not user-friendly for foreign people, as the button is written in Kanji! Luckily, many of the buttons have pictograms, so you might still understand the functions.


Have you ever use Japanese toilet? Do you love it? Or do you think it’s too elaborate?

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