THE TOKYO TOILET
THE TOKYO TOILET project is recreating public toilets at 17 locations in Shibuya, Tokyo, as a step toward achieving a society that embraces diversity.
More information regarding the toilets’ locations and details, as well as maintenance and upkeep, is available at the project website.
THE TOKYO TOILET project website
THE TOKYO TOILET
Japan is known as one of the cleanest countries in the world, and even public toilets have a higher standard of hygiene than in much of the rest of the world. However, the use of public toilets in Japan is limited because of stereotypes that they are dark, dirty, smelly, and scary. In cooperation with the Shibuya City government, THE TOKYO TOILET project has renovated 17 public toilets in Shibuya to make them accessible for everyone regardless of gender, age, or disability.
The toilets were designed by 16 globally recognized architects and designers, who are using their design and creative skills to address social issues.
The 17th toilet was completed and opened to the public in March 2023.
List of toilet locations and creators
|Jingu-Dori Park||6-22-8 Jingumae||Tadao Ando||Sept. 7, 2020|
|Yoyogi-Hachiman||5-1-2 Yoyogi||Toyo Ito||July 16, 2021|
|Hiroo East Park||4-2-27 Hiroo||Tomohito Ushiro||July 22, 2022|
|Ebisu Park||1-19-1 Ebisu-Nishi||Masamichi Katayama / Wonderwall||Aug. 5, 2020|
|Nabeshima Shoto Park||2-10-7 Shoto||Kengo Kuma||June 24, 2021|
|Sasazuka Greenway||1-29 Sasazuka||Junko Kobayashi||Mar. 10, 2023|
|Nishihara Itchome Park||1-29-1 Nishihara||Takenosuke Sakakura||Aug. 31, 2020|
|Ebisu Station, West Exit||1-5-8 Ebisu-Minami||Kashiwa Sato||July 15, 2021|
|Nanago Dori Park||2-53-5 Hatagaya||Kazoo Sato||Aug. 12, 2021|
|Higashi Sanchome||3-27-1 Higashi||Nao Tamura||Aug. 7, 2020|
|Jingumae||1-3-14 Jingumae||NIGO®||May 31, 2021|
|Urasando||4-28-1 Sendagaya||Marc Newson||Jan. 20, 2023|
|Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park||1-54-1 Tomigaya||Shigeru Ban||Aug. 5, 2020|
|Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park||5-68-1 Yoyogi||Shigeru Ban||Aug. 5, 2020|
|Nishisando||3-27-1 Yoyogi||Sou Fujimoto||Mar. 24, 2023|
|Hatagaya||3-37-8 Hatagaya||Miles Pennington / UTokyo DLX Design Lab||Feb. 22, 2023|
|Ebisu East Park||1-2-16 Ebisu||Fumihiko Maki||Aug. 7, 2020|
Maintenance and upkeep
Toilets are intended to be used over a long period of time. THE TOKYO TOILET considers cleaning and other maintenance to be important to ensure that anyone can use the toilets in comfort and with peace of mind, and to foster a spirit of hospitality for the next person. Maintenance of the toilets is being carried out under a three-party agreement concluded by The Nippon Foundation, the Shibuya City government, and the Shibuya City Tourism Association. The toilets are also inspected by professional toilet consultants to improve maintenance procedures.
In cooperation with
The toilets are being constructed by Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., and TOTO Ltd. is advising on toilet equipment and layout.
- Pritzker Prize winners among 16 creators transforming 17 public toilets in Shibuya, Tokyo (2020.08.03)
- In cooperation with Shibuya City government, installing public toilets that can be used comfortably by anyone (2020.09.15)
- Newest toilet, designed by Kengo Kuma, completed in Nabeshima Shoto Park (2021.06.24)
- Newest installations designed by Kashiwa Sato, Toyo Ito, and Kazoo Sato (2021.08.12)
- Hiroo East Park Toilet (Tomohito Ushiro, Creator) Opens (2022.07.22)
- Urasando Public Toilet (Marc Newson, Creator) Opens (2023.01.20)
- New Public Toilets Open in Hatagaya, Sasazuka Greenway, and Nishisando (2023.3.24)
- All 17 THE TOKYO TOILET Project Toilets Completed (2023.06.23)