Escape of the Week: The Japanese Toilet Controls

Written by on October 12, 2011 in Asia, Escapes - 4 Comments

When I landed in Narita for my (surprisingly long, thank you United) stopover, the first thing I did was head to the bathroom. Nine-plus hours on a plane will do that to you. I wanted to take a look at myself in the mirror, see how haggard more than 12 hours of traveling had made me. And, of course, I had to use the bathroom.

Aside from not having any Yen, I also didn’t  have my backpack, so actually using the restroom was mercifully easy.

When I walked into the stall, I was greeted with the most amazing thing I have ever seen in a bathroom: an entire control panel on the side of the toilet with crazy things, like a remote controlled bidet that allows the user to dictate the pressure of the stream; a fake flusher … just in case you need some noise to drown out some other noise; and, a deodorizer after you’ve used the fake flusher.

Sheer brilliance.

It’s not the best photo ever, but I’m pretty the awesomeness is clearly conveyed.

America … when do we get these bad boys?

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010 she quit her job in PR to go on a solo backpacking adventure and tackle her 30-Life-Crisis. After seven months abroad, journeying throughout Europe and Africa, she returned to America and relocated to Las Vegas. Following a year-long stint back in PR, she once again quit her job to follow her dreams; this time her journey took her to the elephants and Elephant Nature Park where she is involved with raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. Recently, Diana was named a finalist in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. She has been a regular contributor to Viator and recently served as the Las Vegas contributor for and Her work has appeared in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Vegas Seven, World Nomads and more.

4 Comments on "Escape of the Week: The Japanese Toilet Controls"

  1. walkingon travels October 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm · Reply

    Having been on that same United flight with delays, I know how you felt when you finally hit Narita. The bathrooms are amazing though. Changing rooms, gorgeous toilets, and clean sinks. What more could a girl want? As for the toilets, of boy! When we were in Kyoto and Osaka we had a blast playing with all the functions. My favorite is the auto seat warmer. God forbid your bum get cold huh?

  2. Nikki October 13, 2011 at 2:34 am · Reply

    Wow that is one fancy toilet! Quite nice to see actually after all that traveling haha :)

    • The Adventures of D October 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm · Reply

      Isn’t it?!?! It was awesome. I wanted to play with it, but didn’t want to be obnoxious. And, that toilet has some serious ability to be super obnoxious!

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