One of the more frequent questions I get
while on these trips is "what are the toilets like"? Well my
friend, the Japanese have taken restroom hygiene and comfort to a new
level. Please to see:
Not only is it impeccably clean, but it comes with a spray nozzle for
hygiene, adjustable water pressure, and a heated seat for those cold
Tokyo nights. Fully electronic and adjustable. Even has a
"nozzle clean" function. No worries in Japan.
These items I found at another office building, outside of downtown
Tokyo, where most of the signs are only in Japanese. Including
the instructions to the loo.
4/30/06 Update: For those interested in the native "Japanese Toilets",
here is a picture of one at Nijo Castle in Kyoto. Similar ones
(although the rooms were cleaner) have also been found in the Tokyo
train station and on board the Shinkansen train. Instructions for
use seem to be similar to those of the Indian toilet, found here
5/3/06 Update: Here's another toilet, this at the Laox duty-free
store in Akihabara. This is not a Toto washlet, rather it's made
by National and was not as understandable or clean.