TOTO Museum
TOTO Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
TOTO Ltd. was founded in 1917.When sewage systems did not yet exist in Japan,the company began manufacturing flush toilets and other sanitary ware to promote public health and cultural lifestyles. Further advancement in plumbing equipment techology,products and service were added as Japan modernized,and our lifestyles changed with increased abundance and comfort. To continue to develop in step with society,TOTO believes it is important to retain these founding principles and correctly interpret company history,both of which are critical to pass our corporate values to future generations.This museum was,therefore,built as part of projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of TOTO. Together with culture and history of plumbing equipment,we hope the museum provides visitors an opportunity to learn about the philosophy behind TOTO Manufacturing and how products have developed.
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,957 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
What a great museum the Toto Museum was. I traveled to Kitakyushu mainly to visit this museum and it was the highlight of my weekend trip. I walked here from the train station, it was a bit far but doable. The great thing about this museum was the price, it was free! The building was modern and the displays were nice and full of great information. Many of the displays did have English and there was a recording you can listen to on your phone. I love the Japanese toilets, they have ruined me for toilets in other countries. I can't believe the amount of thought and engineering that goes into the Toto toilets, it's amazing. This museum was awesome and I highly recommend visiting.
Written 29 December 2020
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yyyzzz_utah
Salt Lake City, UT588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
A must-see in Kitakyushu, Japan. Biking might be an option, as public transit is not the easiest way to reach here.

I would rate Toto's washlet higher than the iPhone in terms of advancing human hygiene.
Written 30 January 2024
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aregma
Burnaby, Canada58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
The first floor is a showroom where they sell Toto products, the museum is on the second floor. There is a lot of information there, but if you bring your smartphone or tablet, you can get a translation of all the information using a QR reader. They gave us some headphones to listen to the translations. It was surprisingly good with a lot of old displays as well as a demonstration of some of the newer water saving technology. If you are in the area, its a must see!
Written 8 May 2016
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Alan S
Brisbane, Australia215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
Oh Dear do not miss this place! A History of Japanese Plumbing over the last one hundred years. Beautifully laid out, a bright and light space. All of the factory's output is here on display plus ceramics and porcelains. Lots of kitchen fittings as well and well signed in English. You can't miss the famous three wheeler motor bike which was ridden 1500km to Tokyo on "natural' fuel. A large shop as well. they say 80% of Japanese households have a TOTO and I wish they were readily available in Australia.
Written 22 November 2017
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SCP905
Portsmouth, NH17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Fabulous museum. Very well signed in English. Kids will enjoy it also. The information is fascinating and funny. Worth a stop. You do not need a special tour guide.
Written 25 February 2020
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Kira
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We did not expect much for a free museum about toilets. But we were very impressed. It is great. The Audio pen which you use through the entire museum is really smart. Would highly recommend this as a different but nice activity.
Written 24 April 2019
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greatkiwip0et
Wellington, New Zealand41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
I thought this was going to be a history of toilets through the ages, but it's the historical museum of the biggest bathroom whiteware manufacturer in Asia. If you know about Japanese toilets, that's enough anyway. I don't have a smart phone, which is the only way to access an English translation of the notes that accompany the exhibitions, but my accompanying translator (nephew) helped out with the ones I was most interested in.

There is much less interactive stuff than I had been led to expect from the website, but it was still an interesting visit. Toto has been involved in more than just toilets, and its general ceramic history was a surprise.

The bathroom displays are inspiring, though I wished there were more of them, and I enjoyed seeing a living wall set up in one of them (note to self: next bathroom reno...).

Naturally I used the facilities while I was there, enjoying the best that Japanese design has to offer. The gift shop was small but extensive, and I bought a cool kitset balsa wood toilet to build.

Recommended, if you share this very narrow interest genre.
Written 19 August 2018
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MJonesPE
Kawasaki, Japan130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Day trip from Fukuoka to the infamous TOTO museum. TOTO makes the Japanese heated, multiple cleaning, can't figure out the controls, but did I say they had heated seats. That intrigued my wife and I when we heard they had a museum! It exceeded all expections. Free parking, navy took us right to museum, which is always a good start. Beautiful building, welcoming staff, the museum does a wonderful job showing off the company history and evolution of ceramic/porcelain in Japan. Combination of wonderful displays, videos and the infamous TOTO motorcycle. Well worth the trip. Museum is good for 2-3 hours. Again, exceeded expectations! I am a mechanical engineer and my wife is liberal arts. We both loved it and that is a feat! Try it.
Written 18 November 2016
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linbinpin
Canberra, Australia575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
Surprisingly interesting. Toilets and bathroom/kitchen plumbing over the ages. Enough English info to get the gist. Whilst a Japanese history, surprisingly similar to my memories of how plumbing has changed over my lifetime. I only wish we had the same level of high tech toilets in Australia! Check out the composting toilet motor bike - my understanding is that it actually runs on human waste. Make sure you visit the lavatory before leaving this museum.
Written 28 March 2016
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95814
Sacramento, CA82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
This may sound hyperbolic but the TOTO Museum is one of the most well-conceived museums of any kind. It perfectly balances the company’s numerous accomplishments without taking itself too seriously or only playing for “toilet humor” laughs. In addition to historically significant examples—the first ceramic flush toilet produced in Japan and the first “Washlet”—every kitchen and bath product ever sold by the company seems to be on display. The bathroom products are presented in a way you can see how they evolved decade-by-decade. There is also an interesting historical collection of the company’s beautiful ceramic tableware. For foreign visitors, a detailed multi-language map and audio guide is available in English, Mandarin, and Korean. The audio guide uses an interesting pen system that plays information as a result of pointing on a map of the 50+ exhibits. The map highlights what TOTO considers the important exhibits if you’re short on time. There is a vending machine with drinks, an area to take a break, a separate outdoor smoking section, and of course, restrooms. The structure, built for the company’s 100th anniversary, houses both the museum and working showroom/design center. The showroom should also not be missed!
Written 22 October 2019
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