Tokyo Toilet project location, public toilets using electrically opaque glass.

#13: Higashi Sanchōme

A Safe Space for Everyone


Location #13 is at 3-27-1 Higashi, Shibuya, on a narrow strip of land beside an elevated rail line.

The designer, Neo Tamura, wrote:
"I realized that what enables each user a comfortable experience boils down to safety, privacy and urgency. With this in mind, I created three separate spaces that redefine the way a public toilet establishes personal space."

Visiting the Toilet

It's a very clever design, fitting a three-section facility into a tiny tapering strip of land. From left to right are the universal, men's, and women's toilets.

Higashi Sanchōme Public Toilet.
Floor plan of Higashi Sanchōme Public Toilet.
Men's room entrance at Higashi Sanchōme Public Toilet.

The designer wrote:

The design was inspired by Origata, a traditional Japanese method of decorative wrapping. A symbol of gift-giving, this motif embodies the spirit of hospitality towards Shibuya ward’s multinational visitors, and carries my vision to create a safe space that envelopes all users.

Urinals at Higashi Sanchōme Public Toilet.

Moving on to the Next Location

Four Tokyo Toilet project facilities are within short walking distance from Ebisu Station — #13, #14, #15, and #16. The JR Yamanote Line, Saikyō Line, and Shōnan-Shinjuku Line serve Ebisu Station, as does the Hibiya Line of the subway.

Next❯ #14: Ebisu Park

Tokyo Toilet — Overview and Introduction
#1: Sasazuka Greenway #2: Hatagaya #3: Nanagō Dōri Park #4: Nishihara 1-chōme Park #5: Nishisandō #6: Yoyogi Hachiman #7: Haru No Ogawa Community Park #8: Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park #9: Urasando #10: Jingūmae #11: Jingū Dōri Park #12: Nabeshima Shōtō Park #13: Higashi Sanchome Park #14: Ebisu Park #15: Ebisu Station #16: Ebisu East Park #17: Hiroo East Park

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