There are many different types of toilets in the world, Japanese toilets are very clean and have their own special manners. Here is the latest toilet information of Japan.
Japanese toilet manners: Foreigners who often find themselves lost
If you can read Japanese and understand how to use these high spec toilet with automatic washing function, you will have no problem. But it can also be a problem if you don’t read Japanese. There are too many buttons to choose from, and sometime, the emergency button is pressed mistakenly instead of the flush button, creating embarrassing scenes with security personnel.
There are four different types of toilets in Japan.
1．Pulling the lever to flush
2．Automatic flush with a sensor
3．Pressing the flush button
4．Need to wave a hand in order to flush
1 and 2 are easy to see, but 3 and 4 are a bit harder to understand. Nowadays, there is information on the wall regarding “how to flush the particular toilet” but sometimes it doesn’t indicate how. In that case, just give it a try.
Children’s toilets and toilets for adult
Children can use Children's toilets by themselves. Recently, there are family toilets which consist in a Children's toilet located right by side of an adult one. Recently, there are more family toilets in man's bathrooms signaling that more fathers started to be more involved with raising the children and taking them to the toilet.
Regionality of toilets
There are many toilets in Japan which contain originalities from different regions or sometimes with some messages. Public toilets, in Mikkachou in Shizuoka, a famous city for producing high quality Mikan (Japanese tangerine), are all shaped in Mikan. Other example are the toilets in ski resorts in Nagano Prefecture, where there are many photos of the views from the Olympic jumping platform, communicating with the toilet users that Nagano prefecture hosted at the Winter Olympic Games .
The walls of the toilet of the Ippudo (Ramen shop) in Nagoya, are filled with a sliced engine reminding you that Nagoya is the birthplace of Toyota.
Toto is a leading company for toilet facility manufacture in Japan. To celebrate the 100 years anniversary in 2017, TOTO opened the TOTO Museum in Fukuoka where the company first started. Factory visits can be organized by appointment.
Address: 2-1-1 Nakajima, Kokura Kitaku, Kyushu city, Fukuoka prefecture.