When you come to Japan and perhaps stay in an Airbnb apartment, have you ever wondered what those buttons on the remote control for? Have you been in situations where the temperature of the room was a little too extreme, but you can do nothing except turn off the air conditioner? Or after a long day of travel, you just want to relax and watch some tv, but you can’t figure out how to watch a single thing?

Because of the wide variety of functions, there are usually so many remote controls and buttons for electrical appliances in Japan. Sometimes, it just gets confusing to understand how to use these electrical appliances. In this article, I am going to teach you the usage of each button on my air conditioner & TV

Air Conditioner

As you can see, this is an example of a remote controller for the air conditioner! There are two layers of buttons. Usually, you just need to use the buttons on the upper layer. If you want to make more detailed adjustments, you can dive into the second layer. Every remote controller varies, so I will explain some of the main buttons that appear in most remote controllers.

Rough Adjustments Using the First Layer: 

  • 冷房(Reibou): Air condition
  • 除湿切換(Joshitsukirikae): Dehumidifier
  • 暖房(Danbou): Heat
  • 快適おまかせ(Kaitekiomakase): おまかせ(Omakase) is a Japanese phrase that means “I will leave it to you”. So, it means that if you press this button, you will let the air conditioner do the settings for you. The air conditioner will then detect the temperature and humidity of the room and will adjust itself to the most comfortable setting. If you think the buttons are a little too complicated, just press this button and let it do the rest!
  • 温度(Ondo): Temperature adjustment
  • 停止(Teishi): Off button
  • おやすみ: This is a timer option. For this very air conditioner, each press on this button will tell it to power off itself in 30 minutes. If you want to set your timer to 3 hours, you will have to press it 6 times.

Fine Adjustments Using the Second Layer: 

  • 風量(Furyou): You can adjust the air volume with this button. When it is set to 自動(Jidou), it means automatic.
  • パワフル(Powerful): This button will maximize the air volume, so if you want the room to be cool or warm as soon as possible, you can use this function.
  • 風向上下(Fukoujoge): You can adjust the vertical direction of the airflow with this button.
  • 風向左右(Fukousayu): You can adjust the horizontal direction of the airflow with this button.
  • いるところサーチ(Irutoko Search): This is by far the coolest function I have seen on an air conditioner. It detects the position of people and concentrates airflow to that person’s location! This function is super eco-friendly because instead of filling the room with heat or cool air, it can now control the airflow and making its users comfortable without using much energy.

Television 

This is an example of a TV remote controller! Also known as リモコン (Rimokon) in Japanese. Below, I will list the buttons and their functions starting from the top of the remote controller to the bottom.

The Basic Functions: 

  • 電源(Dengen): Power (On/Off)
  • 画面表示(Gamenhyoji): This is the button for screen display. You can have the title, the channel number, and the time, etc. on the screen.
  • 入力切換(Nyuryokukirikae): Switch the input with this button. (HDMI, AVI, etc.)
  • ワイド切換(Wide-Kirikae): Display size adjustment.
  • 字幕(Jimaku): Subtitle on/off button. Many TV programs provide closed caption, leaving this on might be a good way to learn Japanese!
  • 音声切換(Onseikirikae): Sound output switching button. Sometimes, when you see a foreign movie being broadcast in Japan, they would broadcast with Japanese dubbing, if you use this button you can switch it to the original sound.
  • チャンネル: Channel
  • 音量: Volume
  • 決定(Kettei): OK/Confirm

The Advanced Functions: 

  • 青、赤、緑、黄(Blue, Red, Green, Yellow): These buttons are for some interactive events. For example, when there is a quiz in a TV show or when there is a vote, you will be using these buttons.
  • 番組表(Bangumihyo): TV schedule
  • 連動データ(Rendou-Data): This is like a little homepage for the channel. You can see some information provided by channels such as weather, news, and transportation.


  • ツール: Tools
  • 戻る(Modoru): Back
  • メモ(Memo): You can take an instant screenshot, which can help you take a memo with this button!
  • メニュー: Menu
  • アナログ、デジタル、BS、CS: These are the inputs of the signal. Usually, you watch the channel from デジタル, which means digital. There are 12 channels that you can watch!
  • 消音(Shouon): Mute

That’s it for the button guide for both TVs and air conditioners! Next time, when you are staying in a hotel or house through Airbnb, I hope that you can use all these appliances without any difficulty!

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