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The Tao of loo: A toilet with its own Japanese garden

Billed as the largest public commode of its kind, this $123,000 pastoral potty with a view is for ladies only.

If you run out of toilet paper, there are plenty of substitutes.
Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET

Fancy answering the call of nature au naturel but don't like getting too down and dirty? Japan recently saw the opening of a public toilet in a veritable Garden of Eden that designers say is the largest of its kind in the world.

Created by architect Sou Fujimoto, the single, glassed-in cubicle commands a view of cherry, plum, and peach trees in a rural part of Ichihara City, east of Tokyo.

It's located by Itabu Station along the scenic Kominato Railway, and you can hear the old-school trains clunking along as they pass.

Surrounded by a 6-foot wall, the elegant loo stands in a 240-square-yard garden that is being planted with rape blossom and clover.

Sorry guys, it's for ladies only.

Japan, home to obsessively engineered toilets that can have control panels with up to 30 buttons on them, is certainly no stranger to insanely eccentric toilets.

Cases in point: the $130,000 crystal-studded loo created last year, and Sega's Toylet, which makes a game out of bladder evacuation.

Still, a large facility with only one stall in it seems rather extravagant for a crowded land like Japan. It cost around 10 million yen ($123,000).

"The area around the station has an incredible natural beauty," The Japan Times quoted Fujimoto as telling NHK TV. "We wanted for those who used the toilet to enjoy this scenery and that feeling of release."

Check out the NHK vid below. Would you like to water the plants there, so to speak?

(Via Japan Pulse)