Hi everyone, I’m Tei, born and raised in Shanghai, and now currently living in Japan. I hope you’ve had a chance to read up on my other articles about medications in Japan.
Today, what I would like to introduce is well…. Japanese Condoms. I often get a lot of questions about the best Japanese Condoms. If you fellows are reading this article, I’m sure your problems are close somewhere along the line listed below.
Sex doesn’t feel good with a Condom for you and your partner. However, without a condom, 1) The fear of unwanted pregnancy is higher, 2) More prone to HIV and STDS
In Japan, abortions and the pill is covered by medical insurance. Maybe that is why Japanese Condom manufacturers actually put a lot of effort into developing Condoms that gives the best sensation during sex.
Japanese condoms are rarely found outside Japan, so I would highly recommend it is a souvenir for your friends. I hope this article makes for a good reference!
Some Basic knowledge you should know about Condoms
- There are 2 types of Condoms.
- Latex (made from natural rubber)
The Pros and Cons Latex Condom
- Extremely Stretchable, and makes a great fit
- Relatively cheap
- Smells like rubber
- Not for people with allergic to rubber
The Pros and Cons of Polyurethane Condom
- Extremely thin (thinnest Polyurethane Condom is 01mm, thinnest latex condom is 0.03mm)
- People with rubber allergy can use it
- Around 3 times more expensive than Latex Condoms
- The material is a little stiff, and the fit doesn’t feel as great
Rank 3 Okamoto Beneton (Latex)
The good thing about Okamoto Beneton is the fact that you can even find it in convenient stores such as Seven – Eleven. Since it’s made of latex, it is extremely stretchable and makes for a great fit. The price is also quite reasonable, with 6 condoms/ box sold at 500 yen/ box. Okamoto is also a well-known/ trusted Japanese Condom Maker brand, which gives users a sense of reassurance.
Rank 2 Okamoto Zero One (polyurethane)
I would say Okamoto Zero one (polyurethane) demonstrates the true beauty of Japan’s technology skills, with the thickness of the condom being 0.001mm, and you can barely feel the thickness. Since it is made of polyurethane, I wouldn’t recommend it for people whose size is a little bigger. The price is relatively high compared to the latex type, and sold at 3 condoms/ box, sold at 900 yen/ box. I would recommend saving this for special occasions.
Rank 1 Sagami Original 0.01 (polyurethane)
The thickness of Sagami Original 0.01 is the same as Okamoto Zero One Ranked 2.
There are 5 Condoms / box, sold at 1,000 yen/ box. Sagami Original 0.01 was so popular that the manufacturer couldn’t keep up with the demand that it had to temporary stop sells starting May, 2016. If you check out some EC sites, a premiere is now attached to Sagami Original 0.01, and now sold at 7,200 yen/ box. Beside the fact that it is extremely thin, it is also easy to take it out of the package. What I mean is that unlike the typical condoms in a package, the condom is in a container. When Sagami Original 0.01 is on the market, I highly recommend you try it out.
I hope you liked this article, and enjoy your trip in Japan!