"Toire - where some westeners get stuck" Japan Local Custom Tip by Maline

Japan Local Customs: 477 reviews and 616 photos

  Don't panic!!!
by Maline

So, the Japanese toilet, right.

Not only is there the squat one (similar to those found in for example France or India - just squat, facing the faucet), but also the ones where some foreigners get stuck, the western style ones.

Why? you ask.
Well, see a toilet isn't just a toilet in Japan. it is a complete hygiene system where your rear end can get pampered in all sorts of ways. But, for those who just want to do their business and get going, there is often the problem - where to flush? You will find a whole panel of buttons, but not the one you are looking for probably. I know people who were stuck in there for very long looking for the righ switch.. : -)

Here is some advice:
The flush is usually NOT in that panel, but separate, often on the side of the toilet itself.

If it isn't then a good thing is to learn the signs (kanjis) for BIG and SMALL, because that is mostly how the flush button is marked. That way you won't have to worry about all the other functions, unless you are in for a true Japanese experience... sure, go right ahead :-)!

In the pic, a Japanese toilet and a little help from me witth the signs for big and small.

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  • Updated Jan 16, 2005
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