Behind the Scenes
TOTO is a global company but it is also Japanese to the core. This is
a guided tour of the hub of creativity that is its Japanese HQ, giving you
an insight into how TOTO works and what makes the company tick.
TOTO’s headquarters are in Kokura, a port town on the northern edge of Japan’s Kyushu island. It is the mother factory and technology centre of a brand that employs 24,000 people worldwide.
This is where TOTO’s Research & Development team of over 900 employees conceives of and perfects the technological innovations – from the WASHLET and NEOREST through to the CeFiONtect and HYDROTECT glazings – that have allowed TOTO to redefine Japanese bathroom culture. It’s also where the bulk of the manufacturing takes place. Under the expert eyes of highly skilled and experienced designers and engineers, the factory produces the faucets, basins, showers, baths and toilets that are prevalent throughout Japan. TOTO’s markets outside of Japan are growing year by year: in addition to Europe there are showrooms in 13 other countries, though all overseas production is controlled from Kokura. Welcome to the TOTO HQ.