While in Japan I was amazed by the hi-tech toilets I saw everywhere (even in rural areas) and I even felt a bit inferior because Italians' toilet don't offer anywhere near such a range of personal experiences.

What are other countries where these kinds of toilets are common?

hi-tech toilet

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    I can't even recall ever seeing one in Korea. Jul 23, 2013 at 13:22
  • There are plenty of these in upscale hotels in the US. Not to mention people putting them up in their homes
    – Karlson
    Jul 23, 2013 at 22:46
  • @Geeo I have to be honest, that is bizarre !
    – Simon
    Sep 15, 2013 at 13:41
  • What do all those buttons do?
    – TylerH
    May 1, 2014 at 17:44
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    One warm up the toilet, another spray water, another one play some sound in order to conceal your inner sounds etc. But the creepiest one is labeled "massage". I didnt dare to press it.
    – Geeo
    May 1, 2014 at 17:52

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I saw several in the bigger cities in China when we were there this month - e.g. Shanghai and Beijing. That said, from what I've heard about Japan I don't think they are as prevalent in China.

I didn't see even one 'fancy' toilet in any other country we visited in Asia: Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Malaysia. We spent about a month in each and intermittently visited more expensive establishments so I guess we got a reasonable idea of what's around...

This general observation is also supported by the Wikipedia article I just checked:

The largest producer is Toto, with 65% of the market share, while the second largest is Inax at 25%.[6][20] The main market for washlets is still in Japan, and TOTO reports that overseas sales account for just 5% of its revenue.[6] The primary foreign market is China, where Toto sells over one million washlets each year.

  • In Vietnam I only saw those toilets in some Japanese companies
    – phuclv
    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:19

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