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    Pee at the konbini

    By thomas | November 14, 2008

    Heidi sends this useful toilet tip:


    Here is a Nihon Hack that some people may not know (if it hasn’t been posted yet). Living in Japan, one difficulty I have found is finding easy access to western style toliets. Sometimes you can end up in line waiting for a long time, or be unfortunate enough to not find a bathroom at all. the best soultion to this problem is the ever amazing convienience store (conbini)! Usually there is a clean, western style bathroom in most of your major name brand conbini’s like Lawson’s or 7/11. This has been a real life savor in busy places like Osaka!

    This is pretty true. They are usually much cleaner than station toilets, and not a far walk from most stations.

    And in case you didn’t know:

    Also, some other good points about conbini’s is that if you have any bills to pay at all, like gas, electric, phone, or anything else, you can usually pay it at the conbini. This even includes purchases from!

    Hope that helps!

    It does! I often pay bills, especially shipping/handling bills, at the conbini. You should too!

    Thanks Heidi!

    Do you have any more convenience store tips?  Send them in!

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    9 Responses to “Pee at the konbini”

    1. Haf Says:
      November 14th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

      Luckily, often there is a conbini nearby. Sometimes however it might be really urgent to find a bathroom.
      My Japanese teacher told me that in such cases she sometimes was glad to have a Pachinko Parlour nearby. they may be loud, but they also have clean bathrooms.
      But be prepared to be approached by a store clerk. :)

    2. morphine Says:
      November 15th, 2008 at 3:06 am

      Not all conbini’s have western style toilets though. There are two Lawsons within walking distance of my school and only one has a western-style toilet. Be careful :)

    3. Karl Says:
      November 15th, 2008 at 10:59 am

      If you reserve a flight directly with ANA you can also pay for your plane ticket at a conbini.

    4. David Says:
      November 16th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

      Most conbinis I know also have a sign saying please ask to use the restroom. So I typically ask, just to be polite. They will never say no, nor do they care if you don’t buy anything.

    5. adora Says:
      November 16th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

      You can also arrange to pick up your package from at conbini too! (You know… for purchases you don’t want your family to know about…)

    6. Deas Says:
      November 19th, 2008 at 5:12 am

      I dunno – David said that most konbinis don’t care if you don’t buy anything, but I always do just as a courtesy. I guess my native culture trickles in there – I think of facilities as being private, not public, and therefore for the use of customers. So I buy a pack of gum or a cheap piece of candy. :-)

    7. Fi Says:
      November 19th, 2008 at 6:17 am

      I don’t mean to sound snarky here, but do you guys actually have that much of a problem with Japanese toilets?! I mean, you only have to crouch down! The biggest thing that can go wrong is getting a bit of pee on your trousers, but you can avoid that if you’re careful. And actually it is FAR better for you to poo in the crouched stance than sitting down (your bowels are placed in a more natural position). I have visions of you holding it in, crossed-legged, waiting till you can find a western toilet to go in!

    8. thomas Says:
      November 19th, 2008 at 9:03 am

      @Fi: I don’t have a problem with Japanese toilets. The bathroom at my work only has a Japanese toilet and I’ve gotten used to using it over the years. If there’s a choice though, I’ll usually grab a western toilet.

      Anyway, station toilets tend to be pretty nasty, but conbini toilets are usually clean. That’s what wins me over with this tip.

    9. john turningpin Says:
      November 20th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

      I do have a problem with the 和式 toilet. My friend it is not.

      The conbini tip is a good one. Bookstores and supermarkets are good as well. Tokyu Hands has saved me on more than one occasion…