The World's Oldest Toilet is in This Temple
The oldest and largest toilet in Japan is at Tofukuji Temple in Kyoto, which has been used by many zen monks since the early 14th century
7 May 2022
The front yard of Tofukuji Temple in Kyoto
The front yard of Tofukuji Temple in Kyoto

Tofukuji Temple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kyoto. The temple was founded in 1236 by the priest Kencho and is known for its beautiful gardens and architecture. The shrine's main hall, Sanmon, is a National Treasure of Japan.

The temple courtyard is divided into two parts: the east side and the west side. The east side is home to the main hall, while the west side is home to the gardens. The park is famous for its autumn leaves, which attract visitors from all over Japan and abroad.

The oldest toilet in the world

Toilet in Kuil Tofukuji, Kyoto
Toilet in Kuil Tofukuji, Kyoto

The oldest and largest toilet in Japan is at Tofukuji Temple in Kyoto, which has been used by many zen monks since the early 14th century. The inside was once partitioned into (clear) chambers, liquids, and solids stored in separate rows. Now a designated national treasure. 450m².

For 600-800 years these toilets made money for the temple dwellers because the results of urination and defecation from these toilets could produce fertilizer which could be easily collected every morning and sold to local farmers. The production of first-rate fertilizers is a source of income.

The best time to visit Tofukuji Temple is in autumn when the leaves are at their most beautiful. However, the shrine is also worth a visit during other seasons, as it has a lot to offer throughout the year.

Hotel near Tofukuji Temple, Tokyo