Restrooms in Japan are not that simple. Check it out what you need to know.
1- Types of Toilets
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In Japan about 10% of the restrooms are still structured with traditional toilets, called Washiki, the one that you need to squat to use it. The correct way to use it is by squatting in front of it, as opposed to ordinary toilets.
Is it weird to you? Well, most Japanese prefer this type of toilet because they find it more hygienic.
2- Technological bathrooms
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Most restrooms have amazing technologies. You can use hot and cold air-conditioning to dry intimate parts, put music to avoid embarrassment and even call an attendant for an emergency. However, it is very common not to find the simplest: The toilet flush! Yes, that’s because sometimes it flushes by sensor, sometimes it is manual, or you might have to press one of the many buttons written in Japanese.
Here’s an advice: As mentioned above there are many buttons. To avoid embarrassment, we recommend that you do not press the emergency button by mistake in order to flush, because the attendant will come to rescue you.
3- Hot toilet seats
Créditos: Seek New Travel For the comfort of all, mainly during Winter, the restrooms with technological systems offer warm seats.
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In some public toilets, it is necessary to take off your shoes and wear the slippers that the own place offers when entering in order to maintain the hygiene of the local.
5- Electronic Map
In some restrooms you will find a map to identify which toilets are free to use.
6- Toilet paper
It is always good to carry a piece of toilet paper with you. In some bathrooms (the minority) it is not provided. There are restrooms that you can buy it on the spot. But as a precaution, we advise you to have your own.
Always good to memorize Kanji for man and woman! The kanji of man is: 男 and that of woman is: 女.