Public Toilets Can Be Very Public

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using a public washroom in a public park in Japan, then you’ll understand these pictures.

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The view from the urinal.

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The view from outside. I used the urinal in the middle of the doorway.

Some public washrooms in Japan are so public that anyone could walk by and see you taking a pee.

If you want to know something even worse, try using the public washroom at Kinomiya Station in Atami.  It’s unisex.  One wall has many urinals, while on the opposite wall are toilet stalls.  Men and women both use this washroom.  Also, the doorways are so big that the entire inside of the washroom is visible from the ticket gates for the station.  Anyone can see the men taking a pee.

Also, you may be surprised when in the public men’s washroom anywhere in Japan when a female cleaner comes in without making sure it’s empty.  And it seems no one cares if she’s in there, either.

How would you feel in this situation?

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4 responses to “Public Toilets Can Be Very Public

  1. I’m used to it now … but the restrooms here were my first culture shock when I first came to Japan.

    All that you described … plus 和式 (squat toilets)

  2. During our travels in Japan last month, we came across a men’s bathroom where the urinals could clearly be seen from outside. Anyone walking by could see the men inside taking care of business. My boyfriend didn’t necessarily have a problem with it but we were pretty surprised.

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