At TOTO, we’ve always been inspired by a desire to improve everyone’s quality of life. Through almost a century rich with innovation, TOTO has changed the perception of what a bathroom can be — and how it can be used.
Our founder, Kazuchika Okura, had a vision more than one hundred years ago in 1912, before the concept of public sewage systems was widespread in Japan. After seeing more advanced systems overseas, he was moved to establish a ceramic sanitary ware laboratory to develop healthier and cleaner living spaces.
In 1917, Okura founded Toyo Toki K.K. (which became known as TOTO LTD.) to supply the market with these products. TOTO was founded on a commitment to provide a comfortable living space for people, while always protecting the planet and its water.
Japan’s rich artistic heritage in pottery and porcelain is alive in every TOTO product we create today. Throughout our expansion worldwide, TOTO has remained true to the Japanese traditions that have shaped our Company Motto and Philosophy
Take pride in your work, and strive to do your best. Quality and Uniformity | Service and Trust | Cooperation and Prosperity
TOTO strives to create a great company that is trusted by people around the world and to contribute to the betterment of society.
To achieve our philosophy, TOTO will:
The company is established by Kazuchika Okura under the name of TOTO TOKI CO., Ltd.
After World War II, TOTO begins to manufacture metal fittings and faucets as well as ceramics.
We develop a construction method for the world's first prefabricated bathroom module.
Launch of the WASHLET, which provides consumers with a new level of cleanliness and comfort.
The NEOREST toilet is launched, revolutionizing the principle of Clean Technology.
We establish the TOTO Water Environment Fund. WASHLET shipments top 20 million.
TOTO Asia Oceania Pte. Ltd. is established as the regional headquarters of the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, and Oceania.
WASHLET shipments top 30 million.
For the past 38 over years, TOTO has been developing every part of WASHLET™ to perfection.
The Toto Museum in Kitakyushu was opened on the occasion of the company’s 100th anniversaryand showcases the evolution of the business and its products.
100th Anniversary of TOTO. Over 40 Million WASHLET units shipped worldwide.
TOTO has always embraced technology, pursued the highest levels of cleanliness, incorporated high aesthetic standards, protected the environment, and worked to improve people’s lifestyles. Because we continually innovate in all of these areas, TOTO has become the world standard of excellence for a quality bathroom experience.