Bathroom in Japan – the Superiority of the Japanese Toilet

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It's not just the Japanese language and culture that differs from other countries. There are thousands of everyday elements that are wildly different in Japan. Today we are going to examine something quite interesting, the toilet and toilet in Japan.

There are thousands of curiosities and differences between a Western toilet and a Japanese toilet. For starters, the toilet and bathing place are in separate places, you will rarely find a toilet along with a shower and hot tub.

And who hasn't dreamed of having a bathtub at home? Luxury item, only the rich have it. In Japan hot tub is so common, you will hardly find a home without a hot tub. That's why we didn't even talk about the toilets.

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Bathroom in Japan - the superiority of the Japanese toilet

The Japanese toilet

75% of homes in Japan has an electronic toilet. They are designed to increase comfort, privacy and cleanliness. They cost between 500$ to 5.000$, it's not expensive if you compare these simple Brazilian vases with nothing.

The Japanese vases also have 2 powerful jets, one of them is for cleaning your butt, the other called Bidet is for cleaning the front of women. It is possible to control the speed of the jet, the force of the water.

In almost every house in Japan it is possible to change the temperature of the water, even in the toilets, and of course, in the ofuro (bath). It's not just the water, even the toilet seats heat up.

Bathroom in Japan - the superiority of the Japanese toilet

Toilets also often have their own Deodorizer to purify the air. Some bathrooms also have the “Noisemaker” that creates noises or music so you can take a shit in peace, and have your privacy. They also self-clean.

The toilets also usually open and close the seat by itself, those who don't, when closing the lid it goes down slowly and pleasantly without knocking and making noise.

Toilets often have a timer used to save energy. For example, you can set your seat to be nice and warm in the morning, and cool while you're at work. Some also have a button capable of flushing your toilet automatically.

Bathroom in Japan - the superiority of the Japanese toilet

Some also install panels and remote controls to control the temperature of the bathtub and toilet in any room in the house.

There are some special toilets used by doctors that are even connected to the internet to collect information... It's also worth remembering that toilet papers are thrown into the toilet, there are no trash cans in bathrooms in Japan.

The baths performed in the ofuro involve an ancient culture, for this there is a small removable showerhead that replaces the shower we are used to. It can be placed at different heights and be used by hand.

Bathroom in Japan - the superiority of the Japanese toilet

How to use the Electronic Toilet in Japan

Using the toilet in Japan seems to be a difficult task, to help tourists and the curious, let's learn some tips so you can use the toilet in Japan safely. It is worth remembering that not all bathrooms are the same and not always electronic.

Some toilets have the controller next to the seat and in some public toilets they are on the next wall. Most toilets have the function of throwing a jet of water to wash the private parts, with the buttons you can control the temperature of the water and its power.

Some toilets have options to play an ambient or flush sound effect to mask the noise…

The first thing you should do when you find a toilet is use it (obviously). Then you must decide if you want to use the traditional toilet paper or the water jet, despite being scary it is quiet.

Some bathrooms also have the option of drying after using the jet, otherwise just use the toilet paper and throw it in the toilet and press the flush. There is no secret to using the Japanese toilet, the only thing that changes is that it has buttons to control and heat the water jet.

How to use the electronic toilet in japan

electronic toilet vocabulary

Below we will see a list of words that you will find on the buttons on the panels of these electronic toilets.

Responsive Table: Scroll the table to the side with your finger >>
お尻おしりoshiriwash back, butt.
やわらかyawarakagentler wash.
とまるtookto stop.
停止ていしteshito stop.
水勢すいせいsuiseiwater pressure.
音量おんりょうonryouvolume (sound).
音停止おとていしototeishistop sound.
パワー脱臭パワーだっしゅうpawaa dasshuudeodorizing power.

Now you won't have any more problems using the Japanese toilet. Any embarrassing situation just press the button marked in red written (止) or (■) and the jet stops. Some bathrooms have 2 flushing options. Where (大) is for a large, strong flush and (小) for a small, light flush that saves water.

Washiki Toire – Biker Japanese Style Bathroom

For a tourist, traveling to a country on the other side of the world is already a great adventure. You will definitely see new things and have new experiences, so imagine you arrive in Japan and go to the bathroom to do your business and right away you see a hole in the floor? There are similar toilets in some places in Brazil, which consists of just one hole, but the one in Japan goes further as you can see in the photo.

Bathroom in Japan - the superiority of the Japanese toilet

It may seem strange and funny, because I think everyone expects to find those High Tech toilets that open on their own and heat up, in addition to the famous jet. However, these traditional toilets with hole in the floor are easily found in public places, train stations and others. 

It's a toilet that is located on the floor that to be used you have to squat down, if you think the position is bad and you're afraid of falling, don't worry because most of them have walls or a pipe close to you to lean on. . If you still don't want to use this type of toilet, in most public places you will find the traditional toilet.

Bathroom in Japan - the superiority of the Japanese toilet

Private High Tech x Washiki

But why use the washiki toilet if you have a high tech toilet? Washiki is more hygienic as you don't have to touch the toilet, while the purpose of the High Tech toilet is more comfort.

In homes it is not common to find a washiki-style toilet, and even many public places are replacing this hole-in toilet for regular toilets with technology where you can clean the seat before sitting or put a disposable sanitary cover on the seat. Other than that, both Japanese toilets can have automatic flushing, or different flush levels.

bathroom phrases

Where is the bathroom?

Toire wa dokodesu ka?

I'm going to the bathroom.

toire ni ikimasu;

Are you busy.


I want to go to the bathroom.

Watashi wa toire ni ikitaidesu;

Japanese toilet videos

To finish the article, let's leave some videos about the toilets in Japan. If you liked the article, share it and leave your comments. Thank you very much and until next time!

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