THE TOKYO TOILET

SOCIAL INNOVATION
ENHANCING COMMUNITIES
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The new public toilet in Ebisu Park (photograph by Satoshi Nagare)

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 is renovating 17 public toilets in Shibuya to make them accessible for everyone regardless of gender, age, or disability.
The toilets are being designed by 16 globally recognized architects and designers, who are using their design and creative skills to address social issues.
All of the toilets are scheduled for completion by the summer of 2021.

List of toilet locations and creators

Location Address Creator(s) Available from
Jingu-Dori Park 6-22-8 Jingumae Tadao Ando Sept. 7, 2020
Yoyogi-Hachiman 5-1-2 Yoyogi Toyo Ito 2021 (tentative)
Hiroo East Park 4-2-27 Hiroo Tomohito Ushiro 2021 (tentative)
Ebisu Park 1-19-1 Ebisu-Nishi Masamichi Katayama / Wonderwall Aug. 5, 2020
Nabeshima Shoto Park 2-10-7 Shoto Kengo Kuma 2021 (tentative)
Sasazuka Greenway Sasazuka 1-chome, Shibuya Junko Kobayashi 2021 (tentative)
Nishihara Itchome Park 1-29-1 Nishihara Takenosuke Sakakura Aug. 31, 2020
Ebisu Station, West Exit 1-5-8 Ebisu-Minami Kashiwa Sato 2021 (tentative)
Namikibashi 1-27-22 Higashi Kazoo Sato 2021 (tentative)
Higashi Sanchome 3-27-1 Higashi Nao Tamura Aug. 7, 2020
Jingumae 1-3-14 Jingumae NIGO® 2021 (tentative)
Urasando 4-28-1 Sendagaya Marc Newson 2021 (tentative)
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 2021 (tentative)
Hatagaya 3-37-8 Hatagaya Miles Pennington / UTokyo DLX Design Lab 2021 (tentative)
Ebisu East Park 1-2-16 Ebisu Fumihiko Maki Aug. 7, 2020

Maintenance and upkeep

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The toilets are cleaned three times a day by staff wearing uniforms designed under the supervision of the fashion designer NIGO®

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.