Japan is a beautiful country with remarkable culture and lots of fascinating amenities, including their toilets. I know you are probably surprised why a restroom should be something to look forward to when you visit a new country, but hear me out; Japanese toilets are mind-blowing! To prove my case, here are some astonishing facts about Japanese toilets. Please note that you can find these anywhere besides Japan; this piece simply highlights that these amenities are prevalent in the region.

1. The Toilet-Seat Lid Automatically Raises Itself

Unlike most parts of the country where you have to manually lift the toilet seat lid, in Japan, this process is automated. The second you open the door, the toilet seat lid automatically rises to give you full access to the facilities. They rely on motion sensors.

2. You Can Adjust the Water Temperature and Pressure

For those who use bidets, Japanese toilets allow you to regulate the pressure and temperature of the water, making them super convenient.

3. Adjustable and Computerized Air Fresheners

Japanese toilets have computerized air fresheners that allow users to adjust the strength and amount of the deodorizer released.

4. Heated Toilet Seats

Most restrooms in Japan have heated toilet seats. They are also fitted with timers that switch on the heat in the morning and evening when the temperatures are colder.

5. There are Noisemakers that Camouflage Toilet Sounds

While toilet noises are embarrassing, the Japanese have found a way around them; they have fitted their toilets with automated noisemakers that override regular toilet sounds. The sounds produced can mimic everything from birds, songs, and classics, depending on the settings.

6. Their Toilets Can Cost up to $5,000

New toilets in the US range from $200 to $500, including installation costs. However, in Japan, toilets can cost up to $5,000. That is expected because all these impressive features come at a price. For those who would like to embrace the Japanese toilet culture, you may have to dig deeper into your pockets.

7. They Have Funny Toilet Signage

In Japan, they do not assume everyone knows how to use a toilet. Therefore, in public restrooms, there are a lot of signs guiding users on how to use the facilities. These signs are usually quite detailed, with pictures showing what is and isn’t allowed. Some even show that using a laptop on the toilet is prohibited, while others warn against peeing on others.

8. 80% of Japanese Homes Have High Tech Toilets

According to research, in most Western homes, the bathroom is the least considered room when it comes to design and sophistication – many invest heavily in the living room and bedrooms. However, in Japan, nearly 80% of homes have high-tech toilets equipped with modern features. The same is true for public restrooms.

9. Japanese Toilet Paper Must Dissolve in 100 Seconds  

Technology aside, for a company to produce and sell toilet paper in Japan, their product must dissolve in 100 seconds after being placed in water. This is a mandatory requirement by the JSA standards. The locals are advised against using foreign toilet paper because they can clog the toilets.

10. You’ll Find Toilets Almost Everywhere in Japan

Whether it’s the airport, restaurant, or shopping center, you can be assured of finding a toilet in nearly any corner of Japan; the country has millions of bathrooms. Notably, despite being available in plenty, it is common practice to seek permission from whoever is in charge before using a toilet in Japan.

11. There are 3 Main Types of Japanese Toilets

Not all Japanese toilets are designed the same. There are three main types: the takino-toire, which is the high-tech toilet, the yoshiki toire, which is the Western-style toilet, and there is the washiki-toire, which is the traditional Japanese toilet. Visitors are advised to familiarize themselves with the different variations to save time and avoid embarrassment.

12. Some Japanese Toilets Have an Emergency Call Button

The Japanese are aware of how complicated their toilets are. For that reason, they sometimes include an emergency call button, often labeled “yobidashi.” In case something goes out of hand, pressing that button will notify an attendant who will come and offer the much-needed assistance.

13. You Must Wear Slippers before Entering Japanese Toilets

Before entering the toilet in a Japanese household, one must wear slippers. They believe that this footwear shields visitors from the germs found in toilets. The slippers should be removed immediately after somebody steps out of the bathroom. It is wrong for one to walk around the house with toilet slippers.

14. The Japanese Have the Ideal Powder Room for the Ladies

In Japan, powder rooms are exactly what they are meant to be; they provide ladies with the whole spa experience. There are hand creams, perfume bottles, soft tissues, cotton pads, and many other items ladies may need to re-apply or touch up their makeup. Such toilets are found in public places like malls, restaurants, and salons.

15. Some Are AI-Powered

Now that we are in the era of artificial intelligence, some Japanese toilets come with a bot that helps users execute various tasks. For instance, when someone enters the bathroom, they are greeted by a robot. From there, the AI software can automatically open the lid and/or flush the toilet when the user is done. As AI becomes more innovative, so will Japanese toilets.

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Last Update: May 7, 2024