How to Use Air-Conditioning Remotes in Japan

If you’ve ever been to Japan (or China, Thailand, or any other non-Roman alphabet country) you may know what it’s like to check into a hotel that has nothing written in English or even in English-lettered versions of the native language. I can always type a French, German, or Malay word into Google on my phone or computer and piece together what it is I am looking at. But with Japanese, for example, I am sunk. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to decipher the buttons on an air-conditioner remote control or heater thermostat. I was recently in Okinawa and wrestled with the air-con and decided I’d at least post what I was able to figure out with a friend translating for me. Some of these characters may be similar or the same with other models. The Japanese air-conditioner remote I translated here is a Daikin model.


I hope this helps. I may add other photos and translations here in the future. And I hope to add some for China and Korea in the future. It will save me some frustration at least.

Translation of Japanese air-conditioner remote buttons
Translation of Japanese air-conditioner remote buttons

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*Thanks to Scott and Nozomi for helping me verify this!*

12 thoughts on “How to Use Air-Conditioning Remotes in Japan

  • November 22, 2013 at 11:58 am
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    LOL!! You should try reading a installation or service manual that has been translated from Japanese to English…..a lot of it makes no sense at all!!

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  • November 29, 2013 at 11:44 am
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    I am struggling with the kanji on a Daikin remote control. At the top left part of the LCD screen, I have 5 options. One of them is the same Kanji on your remote display.
    Still haven’t got this figured out. But thanks for posting some of the button control meanings.

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  • December 18, 2013 at 9:53 am
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    This is very helpful info. Making it possible for us to use A/c remotes in non-Roman alphabet countries.

    I totally agree

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  • September 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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    Step by step, how do I get this air conditioning unit to turn on? This is my remote, but I’ve pushed every button on it and nothing happens? Help.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm
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    Seriously! Whoever you are, awesome guide!!! You just saved my body a whole heap of sweating ^_^ X

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  • November 28, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    That was a really critical post. Japanese language is never easy to understand. It is not really easy to get the meaning of Japanese words through google translate because you don’t know how to type them. lol..

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  • April 3, 2015 at 12:21 pm
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    Thank you so much. You made living in minus 12 in Japan so much more bearable.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 2:36 pm
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    Last night our room was freezing cold.
    Thanks to you, an English instruction found on the web and some trial and error, it’s now warm and cozy in here!
    Arigato!

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  • January 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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    You save my girlfriend night! Arrigato gozaimasu!!!

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  • April 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm
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    OMG thank you so much. Just spent a night sweltering in the hotel and now tonight I can sleep in comfort. Arigatou

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