Have you ever wanted to use a toilet surrounded by glass walls and ceiling, centred in a 200 square metre flower garden? Just as every major city has its own tourist landmark, like New York’s Statue of Liberty or Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Japan’s city of Ichihara in Chiba Prefecture now has just such an attraction. This small, little-known city near Tokyo wanted something to attract tourism, so they decided to make the world’s largest toilet. Located a short walk from one of the city’s train stations, the “stall” was designed by architect Sou Fujimoto, and sits in over 2,000 square feet of fenced-in space, landscaped with rows of flower boxes. The actual toilet bowl is contained in a tall glass box that allows guests to observe the nature around them and the sky above. Should you still feel insecure, there is a curtain inside the box that can be drawn, and the door has a second lock inside, the first lock being on the entrance of the outer fence! However, the record-setting toilet is only for women, so gentlemen will need to head off to Tokyo train station’s north tower. There they will find the most innovative toilet complete with a heated seat and a bidet wand that spritzes and dries you, all to the soothing sounds of running brooks or crashing ocean waves.
For nature lovers the most picturesque place with an outdoor loo is Boston Bay High Camp, in Washington State. With spectacular views of Johannesburg Mountain this area is a very popular tourist spot, so be prepared for a long queue as there is only 1 toilet! To be assured of absolute privacy try using the toilet on Alaska’s Mount McKinley. Situated in the Denali National Park it is only reachable by ski plane, and only for 3 months of the year, but at least it is free.
Didn’t “get” infographics until seeing this one — incredibly clever and beautifully designed!