Japanese toilets, or washlets as one type are known in Japan, are legendary and now, having experienced a variety, I can share my knowledge!
On arrival at the airport I ventured into the loos and was confronted with this:
….a warm to the touch toilet seat and, on the wall, which button to press?!
I must admit I wasn’t brave enough on this occasion to try the various options but I did eventually find the flush button, which wasn’t always obvious in subsequent toilets:
But once in our first hotel, in Asakusa in Tokyo, I sat on the toilet seat in our ensuite bathroom and ahhhhh, the warm seat was fantastic! And the washing functions pretty efficient!
Many toilets had different picture buttons with English translations, the only problem was working it out when there was no translation. The majority of toilets had heated seats and they were all incredibly clean. Even public toilets. What’s more, all public toilets were free, and plentiful wherever you went. There was even one in the middle of the woods on the hike we did (admittedly it was on the famous Nakasendo Way, as my Japanese friends pointed out, but how many clean public toilets are there on the Pennine Way in the middle of nowhere?!)
How do you like the fetching 100 yen (70p) raincoat? From the latest collection at the 100 yen shop, the Japanese equivalent of the pound shop, but even better value!
Some Japanese bathrooms we came across in private houses or our hotel rooms had special slippers – most people know you must change into the slippers provided when you enter a house. But sometimes, when you go to the bathroom, there is another pair of slippers just for use in the bathroom. In the Airbnb in Imabari the separate loo was very small but there was still a single pair of slippers to change into!
The only thing I wasn’t too keen on were the ‘Japanese style’ toilets as opposed to the ‘western’ toilets.
Most places, however, offered a choice of both. Only once, on the 75km Shiminami Kaido Cycle Way, was I confronted with only ‘Japanese style’. I had to go!
For your further enlightenment on this subject, see below:
and I’ll leave you with a rather shiny set of options, including one for privacy (normally a flushing sound to mask any other sounds!)