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Coin Laundry in Japan! How much and How to use?

Updated on : November 21, 2016   *  Last modified on : December 2, 2016

 

Hi there!

 

I had a request on how to use coin laundry in Japan so will write about that on this post.

If you want to use coin laundry in Japan and do not know Japanese language, then this is the right post to read for you.

There are several types of coin laundry old and new so will write about what are found on the Internet + what is helpful.

Oh there are several useful YouTube videos that you can check.

This one is old type that is probably at your hotel in Shinjuku Dina :D!

As you can see, there are laundry machines (white ones) and dryers (yellow ones).

You can bring your detergent (and softener if you want to use it) or buy it at the laundry place.

For this washing machine, it costs 200yen.

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

___Press “Cleaning washing tub” if there is (orange button on the video below).

2) Put detergent.

3) Put the money.

4) Put your laundry (you can probably put your laundry at step 2). If you want to dissolve detergent well then step 4)).

For the dryer, I could not see the fee.

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

2) Put your laundry (and softener if you wish).

3) Put your money.

 

Newer type

OK, this one is new type of machine.

Usually there are more than one type of laundry machines with different capacity and price. In this video, there are 700yen laundry machine with 16kg capacity (at 0:50) and 500yen one with capacity 11kg.

The dryer is 100yen for 10 minutes at this place.

Looks detergent is automatically thrown for this machine. If you do not see detergent vending machine, then you can assume it will be thrown automatically.

Washing machine

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

___Press “Cleaning washing tub” if there is.

2) Put the money.

Dryer

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

2) Put your money.

It is not in either of the videos but there are machines with laundry and dryer together.

For this type, detergent and softener are thrown automatically.

Here is the steps for washing + dryer machine

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

___Press “Cleaning washing tub” if there is.

2) Put your laundry and close the door.

3) Choose the course from “Washing only”, “Drying only” or “Wash and dry”.

4) Put the money.

 

TIme & money :

Average time to wash — 30 ~ 40 minutes (200 – 700yen : old machine seems to be cheaper)

Average time to dry — depends on the weight of laundry though,

________________________20 ~ 30 minutes for ordinary clothes (200 ~ 300yen)

________________________35 minutes for jeans (400yen)

Entire time, about 1 hour to 1 hour and half depends on the laundry.

Budget is about 1,000 ~ 2,000yen.

 

Tips :

Try to bring many 100yen coins (1,000 ~ 2,000yen) since usually they do not take bills (could be money changer but may not).

Bring hangers if there are shirts and such that you do not want to be wrinkled, so you can hang them after drying.

When it is crowded, people may take out your clothes from the machine. If you are washing your underwear you want to be back before the machine will stop. The remaining time is displayed on the machine so you will know what time to be back at.

Drinking and eating are prohibited in most coin laundries to prevent the laundry get dirty.

Japanese letters you may see :

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You probably won’t see the last 2 kanji but if there are 2 machines set vertically then you will see this one. You need to choose which machine you will use.

 

P.S. There are coin laundry for sneaker as well XDD.

I didn’t know until I write this post.

What to do in Summer in Japan!

Updated on : July 17, 2013

 

 

Hi there~!

It is July 18th! It is summer, it is summer!!!

Japan’s summer is humid and hot and cannot say it is very comfortable, but I came to notice that I probably like summer the best among all the seasons!!

I feel like I have to do something fun!!

Spring and Autumn are really nice seasons with nice climate, but guess I like summer the best.

Did not really think about that till now ( *´艸`).

What is big in Japan in summer is FIREWORKS~~~~! Yay~~~~~~~!!!!!

Fireworks in Japan  Fireworks in Japan

We have so many fire works throughout Japan!

 

Since one of my friends, Tony is back in Kobe Japan,

I will make some lists of fireworks in Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara + Shiga & Wakayama)

where he and his family would probably be easy to reach.

So that would be in Hyogo and Osaka :).

 

 

Minato Kobe Kaijo Hanabi Taikai, Kobe city, Hyogo

Date & time : August 3rd (Sat)

Station : JR & Hanshin Motomachi station (15 mins walk),

JR and other line Sannomiya station (30 mins walk) etc.

Please ask if you need further information.

Number of fireworks : About 10,000 WOW~~~!

 

Tenjin Matsuri Hono Hanabi Firework, Osaka

Date & time : July 25th (Thu) 19:30 – 20:50

Station : JR Sakuranomiya station (west exit), Osaka subway Tenmabashi station

Number of fireworks : About 5000

 

Naniwa Yodogawa Hanabi Taikai, Osaka

Date & time : August 10th (Sat) 19:50 – 20:40

If it rains postponed to the next day August 11th (Sun)

Station : Can reach from various stations,

Hankyu Juso staion or Minamikata station, Hanshin Himeshima station etc etc.

Please ask if you need further information.

Number of fireworks : NA

 

Here is the list of the fireworks in Hyogo 2013

and in Osaka. It is in Japanese though, if you want further info on some of the fireworks,

let me know from comment, I may be able to help~.

This is the link to the fireworks site throughout Japan in case you are someone

who is visiting Japan now besides Kansai area ;).

xoxoxoxo

 

Fireworks in Japan

 

 

Sylvain and the vending machines

Updated on : April 11, 2013   *  Last modified on : May 8, 2013

I wonder if there are any other countries with vending machine with coffee or not.

Is it unusual or usual??

While I was walking in Nara with Slyvain on Monday, I just noticed that French vending machines do not have coffee.

After Todaiji temple, we went to a restaurant to eat.
Here is happy Sylvain with tea in his hand and our meals~~~~~!
I had the one in the middle photo (sashimi, raw fish Tofu, miso soup set ), Sylvain had the right one (chirashi zushi and nyumen noodle set).

Sylvain wanted to have a cup of coffee after the meal, but it cost 300 – 400yen so we left the restaurant and walking on the street.

I suggested him why not have the one of vending machine and pointed out the coffee at a vending machine on the street. He said he does not have coffee in vending machine in France. What they have is like coke and stuffs like that.

I tried to remember how that was in the US. I do remember they had coke but cannot really remember coffee. They probably had one comes with paper cups but not so sure about in the cans.

Do they???

Here are coffees in a vending machine. Red color at the bottom of the can means hot and blue cold.
I have been told from one of my German friends that cold coffee is weird……. Is it——?!?!

Will write a bit more on this in the next post!!

~ to be continued :p ~