Japanese toilet roadmap

Japan is all about convenience and customer service. These principles are even applied in the most lowly aspects of life, like for example using the toilet. Of course everyone knows the high-tech Japanese toilets with all the buttons, but what I saw in a roadside rest stop between Toyota City and Ise Jingu took things to a whole other level. This place had a ‘toilet roadmap’, which gave an overview of all the available toilets. It also included information about the facilities available in each particular stall, like the presence of a baby seat or if the toilet was high-tech or a traditional toilet where you have to squat. Amazing! And so convenient! I miss things like that from Japan.

japanese toilet directions

The information screen was conveniently located at the entrance of the restroom

japanese toilet directions

The board provides detailed information about all the facilities. The occupied stalls turn red.

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13 thoughts on “Japanese toilet roadmap

  1. this is awesome. no longer would one need to check every single stall to see if it’s empty. plus this gives you an idea on how far down the stalls you can go to avoid the occupied ones to stay away from the possible smell.

    • It is interesting indeed, now that you mention it. I hadn’t noticed that yet. My guess is that it is either an elderly Japanese person who grew up with this kind of toilet and therefore prefers it, or possibly a curious foreigner? What do you think?

      • Hmm. As a tourist I would be quite curious to see one – but not to use one… (if they are like the ones they uaed to have in France…). I did notice there were only 4 of them. My guess is that it’s aimed at the elderly (but still agile/flexible) Japanese person šŸ˜€

        • Yes, they are exactly like the ones in France! When I was living in Japan, I found a few places where they only have the squatting toilets and I was forced to use one. Brought back some unpleasant memories of driving to the south of france with my family when I was a kid. šŸ™‚

          I was amazed at how flexible many Japanese elderly people still are. When I attended sumo, I saw a very old man climb over the stadium seats from behind to reach his seat. I can’t imagine an elderly Belgian person being capable of that.

    • It was together with you and Taka when we went to Ise Jingu. Maybe you didn’t go to the bathroom that time? The only other thing that I remember about that road side stop is that they have a Family Mart and wooden panels on the outside of the shops.

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