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World's Greatest Public Bathrooms

Courtesy of Daimaru

Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo

Each restroom at Tokyo’s new 13-story Daimaru department store is coordinated to match its particular floor’s ambience. But the real draw here is the bidet-style techno-toilets. Toto’s Washlets—ubiquitous in Japan, but refreshingly novel to those unfamiliar with them—feature a self-cleaning wand that extends to the middle of the basin, squirting temperature-controlled water at all the right angles. Press a button on the remote control to heat the ergonomically contoured seat. Or switch on the Otohime, or “sound princess,” to subtly disguise in-stall activities with recordings of running brooks or ocean waves.

Where to Go: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, inside the Gran Tokyo North Tower at Tokyo Station.

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