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

#16: Ebisu East Park

Squid Toilet


Location #16 is at 1-2-16 Ebisu, Shibuya, in the Ebisu East Park.

The designer, Fumihiko Maki, wrote that the clear sight lines, ventilation, and natural light all contribute to the feeling of safety and cleanliness.

Ebisu East Park is known as "Octopus Park" because of its octopus-themed playground equipment. So, this facility has been dubbed the "Squid Toilet".

Visiting the Toilet

The toilet is at the southwest corner of the park. One thing that I learned from this project of visiting all seventeen Tokyo Toilet project sites is that Tokyo is filled with small parks. It's an enormous city, and even on a Shinkansen that quickly accelerates to high speed, leaving the city means traversing a huge densely settled area. Small neighborhood parks really improve the quality of life for residents.

Overview of Ebisu East Park Public Toilet.

The roof includes compound curves, somewhat like those at location #09, but unique to this location.

Exterior of Ebisu East Park Public Toilet.

The floor plan shows how open the design is. It's really three structures with entrances both to outside and to a small central court.

Floor plan of Ebisu East Park Public Toilet.
Urinals in the men's room at Ebisu East Park Public Toilet.
Toilet in the men's room at Ebisu East Park 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❯ #17: Hiroo East 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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