Japan’s modern innovations are one of the most advanced in the world. Their homes and even their bathrooms are sleek and stylish, with all the essential facilities a person could need. However, toilet papers are not very common in the Asian world like they are in the West. Hence, the question stands, do the Japanese use toilet paper? 

Yes, Japanese people are very serious about their hygiene, and they do use toilet paper broadly. You will find stacks of toilet papers in restrooms around the country.

Using a Japanese toilet also involves following a few rules that might seem both confusing and reasonable at the same time. They are also infamous for having a feature known as a ‘Bidet’ that is quite unusual to many outsiders. If you are interested in finding out more about these topics, read the rest of this article! 

Are Toilet Papers Common in Japan?

Toilet papers are widespread in Japan. As mentioned, they take hygiene very seriously. It’s even possible to find overstocked places due to the fear of running out of tissues. There are usually 3-5 rolls of extra toilet paper kept in the cabinet or hung in walls in households and restaurants. Therefore, toilet paper doesn’t have to be a worry for anybody.

Apart from that, some public restrooms have automated disposable seat sheets or covers that can come in handy if you are uncomfortable using the seats. You might even find cleaning sprays, too, if there are no covers available at that moment. In Japan, as you can imagine, cleanliness and other necessities relating to bathroom products are incredibly important.

The impression that Japanese people don’t use toilet paper, or are ashamed to use it, is not true. However, you may find a few public restrooms that don’t offer paper towels and drying sheets used for wiping damp hands. Not all places can or would offer expensive papers to everyone. Although if you request the authorities, they would be glad to help. 

Additionally, there is another misconception that people stand outside public restrooms and hand people toilet paper. Some regions, such as small towns or villages, can be true, but those toilet papers are mostly for advertising certain products. Therefore, it would be to your benefit if you do not take or use them.

Do Toilets With Bidets Still Have Toilet Papers?

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Those who don’t know what a bidet is- it is a sprayer that splashes water after using the toilet. It’s a bit like a pulsing shower, except it’s built right into the toilet seat itself. Water is the best way to clean your private areas; hence Japanese people love bidets in their bathrooms. Nevertheless, toilet paper is also kept for wiping off the water used for cleaning. 

Bidets are more efficient at cleaning private parts than toilet paper. The system is also fully automated, so there’s nothing else you have to do but press the buttons. This particular feature can be lifesaving if you think about how many microbes can end up in your hands if you use toilet paper that several people share.

Some Japanese toilets also have dryers that can dry your washed areas. So in those bathrooms, you may or may not find toilet papers, depending on the owners. But in most scenarios, you will find them on the sides of the toilet seat. Japanese people are very considerate towards others, and hence they keep toilet paper rolls in their bathrooms, even if people don’t need them.

So, in a nutshell, restrooms with bidets do have toilet papers inside them. Japanese people love to ensure a thorough clean-up every time they use the bathroom. However, it is subjectively up to individual preferences on hygiene whether toilet paper is kept inside the bathrooms or not. 

The Rules of Flushing Toilet Paper in Japanese Restrooms

It’s a very commonly asked question- whether or not you can flush toilet paper in Japanese restrooms? This question is generated because some Asian countries don’t allow you to flush used toilet paper. Nevertheless, the answer to whether Japan allows you to flush is- yes. You can flush toilet paper in any toilet in Japan.

However, you are not permitted to flush other non-soluble disposals, such as dry tissue papers, sanitary napkins, floss, plastic bags, and others. These have to be put into a dustbin that you may find near the toilet seat. The bin can be labeled as “sanitary” or “Echiketto,” which means “sanitary box” and “etiquette,” respectively. So do look for them while using the toilet. 

Another thing you must consider is that Japan has a specific standard for toilet papers, and their sanitation process is built that way. The standard is- the toilet paper made in Japan has to dissolve in 100 seconds after placing it into water. So, any other foreign toilet paper might cause problems after flushing. Nevertheless, such a scenario is improbable.

Furthermore, the squat toilet is another type of toilet that has been used in Japan for centuries. They are known as Japanese traditional latrines or ‘washiki.’ It’s not widely used anymore, but it’s still available in rural areas. Many might find it confusing, as these bathrooms are not common in the western part of the world. 

However, when it comes to flushing toilet paper in the ‘washiki, it’s quite easy. You would find a flush segment with a handle/rope that you are supposed to pull just above the toilet. A flush will be started automatically. This way, used toilet paper can also be flushed, right along with the water that comes out of it.

Do Tourists Need To Bring Their Own Toilet Paper In Japan?

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No, there is no need for tourists to bring toilet paper to Japan. The toilets there will be fully stocked with all the essentials. You will not be disappointed. Nevertheless, if you are traveling to a rural area, you can buy toilet paper while on your way there. Don’t load up on them from your home, as it can cause you to pay extra money at the airport. 

And as mentioned, Japanese toilet papers follow a specific standard of dissolving time (100 seconds), so other foreign toilet papers might not be suitable for their restrooms. If you are ever unable to find toilet paper, you can always ask the authorities or the people around you to help you out with it. I am confident they will be able to assist you. 

There are also vending machines in Japan that sell toilet paper. Compared to the rest of the world, this seems insane. They’re also very cheap and available in multiple colors. Therefore, if you think that Japan doesn’t use toilet paper, then think again. 

Japan has every facility you could imagine. So, don’t be scared to visit this country just because you’re worried about not having your sanitary requirements met. Nor do you have to bring any yourself. Even though carrying some extra tissue paper in your pocket no matter where you’re traveling to is never a bad idea. 


Japan is one of the few technologically advanced countries and yet holds on to its traditional culture. And when it comes to sanitation and hygiene, no one can top this country. Starting with toilet paper to advanced cleaning facilities like bidets, this fact is evident. 

I hope this article has helped you find how the Japanese use toilet paper and other related queries. I appreciate you taking the time to read the whole article. Thanks for stopping by.  

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