On a recent visit from Tokyo to Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture during Golden Week, we came across this "Super Toilet" in the Eclan Department store above Kofu Station.
Listen to the sounds of the Super Toilet
The toilet was about the same size as my friend's Tokyo apartment and certainly a lot cleaner and less cluttered. Relaxing music was piped into the convenience, which was a modern toilet and bidet combination, ideal for the job in hand.
95% of all toilets now produced in Japan are these western style "throne" types and the traditional Asian squatter type (below) is gradually disappearing. Young children are unaware as to how to use squat toilets at school and as a result are remaining constipated throughout the day until they rush home after class to release their bowels.
Kofu, west of Tokyo, is 90 minutes from Shinjuku Station by Super Azusa or Kaiji express train. The toilet is in the west wing of the department store on the 2nd floor.
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