Japan is one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of technology. In fact, using high-tech toilets in Japan is now more common in Japanese homes than the traditional ones. These toilets have many buttons and unique features, totally different from what you usually used to.
Read more as we introduce the super toilet of Japan, including some of its various advanced features.
Discover Japan's High-Tech Super Toilet
Super toilet, or in Japanese is known as washlet, proving the country’s manner of cleanliness and high-tech culture. Its bidet or washlet comes with more than one function. The basic features set include anal cleansing, bidet washing, deodorization, and seat warming.
Most modern toilets are installed in Japanese residences. You could also find them in convenience stores, restaurants, and other establishments.
Today, there are more innovative toilet functions, making your private moments more comfortable and relax. And this is due to the famous makers of ultra-modern toilets in Japan who eliminated the use of toilet paper.
The following are the two leading makers of high-tech toilets in Japan.
The most expensive and latest washlet are LIXIL’s Inax and TOTO’s Neorist, ranging from 280,000 Yen to 410,000 Yen.
4 High-Tech Japanese Toilet Features:
Here are the features of this magnificent masterpiece:
1. Four Flush Functions
There are four ways to flush depending on the washlet:
- Handles or pedals – The flush is often operated in the same manner as a Western toilet, though some have pull handles or pedals instead. Many Japanese toilets have two kinds of flush: “small” (小) and “large” (大). The difference is in the amount of water used. The former is for urine (in Japanese, literally “small excretion”) and the latter for feces (“large excretion”).
- Control panel – this has two types of flushes. Full flush and rinse flush.
- Sensor – By putting your palm against the sensor, it will automatically flush.
- Remote-controlled – by pressing the flush button on the remote control, the washlet will do the flush feature.
2. Integrated Bidet
This Japanese toilet feature has two basic functions: anal washing and bidet washing. In modern toilets, it has five (5) or more various cleansing settings, such as the following.
- Rear/Soft (Yawaraka)
3. Toilet-Sink Combo
This water-saving feature of high-tech toilets in Japan is recognized worldwide. This toilet design has been around in Japan since 1956. Today, many countries adopted this ingenious idea of saving used water from washing hands to clean the toilet bowl.
4. Heated Seat
This feature is very convenient especially in winter seasons and cold mornings.
High-Tech Japanese Toilet Extra Features:
The more advance the design is, the more features it offers. Remember that whatever the design is, the most important thing is the satisfaction it gives.
- Air dryer and deodorizer
- Music playing
- Automatic flushing
- Germ-resistant surface
- Glow in the dark
- Blow dryer
- Massage options
- Water jet adjustments
- Room heating and air conditioning for the room
- Automatic Lid Closing and Opening – comes with a sensor that detects a presence and will automatically open it for you.
Self-Cleaning Wand – this feature sanitizes the nozzle before and after using the washlet.
Some features are accessible only by wireless means usually installed on luxurious properties.
Japanese Washlets in the Airport, Home and Public
Is there any difference between the three places? Obviously, toilets in airports use Western-style toilets. Some airports such as the Narita Airport has a Toto Toilet Gallery that will show foreigners the luxury and the technology of the Japanese washlets. This gallery has officially opened on April 24, 2015.
What to expect from public washrooms? Toilet papers and dryers are not always provided. In some cases, it is better to bring your own tissue and handkerchief. Some private homes provide toilet slippers.
Toilets in-home and public places use either Japanese-style toilets or western-style toilets. Some public places such as parks, train stations, and department stores use both styles. Older facilities have Japanese-style toilets while modern facilities such as homes and hotels have western-style toilets.
Toto, a Japanese washlet maker company conducted research on what is better, the Japanese-style toilet or the western-style toilet? This research involved 600 foreigners living in Japan. 22.6% says Japanese-style toilets are often unclean. 32.1% prefers Japanese washlet. 60.5% are accustomed users and 49.5% agreed that Japanese washlets’ seats are comfortable.
Experiencing this in Japan is really exciting. If you come and visit Japan, be confident when using these washlets. Just like the saying “knowledge is power”, you can beat ignorance by knowing the facts about Japanese high-tech toilets.
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