4 things Japan does better

13 Dec 2017 in Discover Japan

Ever noticed how the Japanese do things differently – and often better? Discover our list of what they do best!

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On their first visit to Japan, many Westerners notice small differences and think “why don’t we do it like that back home?”.

Here are a few things the Japanese do better:

Toilets

For many first-timers, Japanese Toto washlets are like stepping into (or rather sitting down on) the future!

Japanese toilets

Water closet in Japan

You may initially be alarmed by a toilet that lifts its own lid, heats its own seat and presents an array of push-button options for cleaning, drying and perfuming. But once you’ve tried it, you’ll want your own.

Vending machines

Whatever you fancy, chances are you’ll find a vending machine stocking it in Japan. Cold soda? Hot tea? Sake or draught beer? A packet of rice, canned bread, fresh lettuce or hot ramen? There are even machines for fishing bait, flowers, batteries and underwear.


And they’re everywhere – even on the top of Mount Fuji!

Trains

Japan’s bullet train, the Shinkansen, is legendary for its punctuality and speed (up to 200mph).

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Shinkansen railway in Fuji

A new maglev train is now under construction between Tokyo and Nagoya and is set to hit over 300mph when it opens in 2027.

Convenience stores

Japan’s 50,000-plus convenience stores live up to their name. Known as konbini, they sell all sorts of drink, food, cosmetics, toiletries, etc.

Japanese convenience store

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But you can also pay your bills, withdraw cash, print out documents, reserve tickets, pick up packages or use the inhouse Wi-Fi. And it’s all available 24/7.

At HOSHINOYA Tokyo, you can experience all these for yourself – from your private Toto washlet to a Shinkansen ride from nearby Tokyo station. Needless to say, convenience stores and vending machines are just around the corner!

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