Tokyo has thousands of public toilets. Nearly all rail and subway stations have public toilets, though most are accessible after you have purchased a ticket and gone through the barrier.
Many public toilets in department stores, fast food restaurants and hotels will have both Western-style thrones and Asian squat toilets.
Public toilets in stations, parks and on the street will normally be squat style only.
Most of these toilets will not have toilet paper, soap or, least likely of all, anything to dry your hands on.
Be prepared and carry a handkerchief to dry your hands and a packet of paper tissues.
Public toilets have become more sanitary in Japan over the years and Tokyo has some striking designs to look out for.
If you have a good shot of a Japanese public toilet, we'd love to hear from you, so please contact us.
World Toilet Day is on November 19th each year.
Japan also celebrates its own Toilet Day in November.
The Japanese company Toto is the world's largest producer of toilets.
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Friday, May 04, 2007