The Japan Foundation Library (Tokyo)

The Japan Foundation Library develops its collection of books and other materials on Japan, international cultural exchange and publication by the Japan Foundation to provide extensive information services. The Library can be used by any member of the public.

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Library Opening Hours

Monday - Friday (except national holidays): 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
* The library opening hours may change at short notice. Please check the Calendar for the latest library hours.

  • *Inquiries by phone can be received from 9:30 onwards.
  • *From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., we accommodate prearranged visits for use of reference services and library materials in our collection as well as school visits.
<For those who are unable to visit during library hours>
  • *Please contact us if you wish to use the materials in our collection but are unable to come during library hours.
  • *Reference services are also available via email (
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  • *We also encourage you to try borrowing books by postal mail.

To all visitors

  • Please refrain from visiting the library if you have a fever or are unwell.
  • Admission will be restricted as necessary when crowded.
  • When all seats are taken, please give priority to visitors using library materials.
  • Please refrain from using mobile phones, holding meetings (including online), or any other activities that may cause distraction to other visitors in the library.
  • Food is not allowed in the library. Drinks must be kept in containers with a lid that can be completely closed.
  • Visitors are responsible to keep possession of their own belongings.
  • The library has no designated Quiet Area. Talking is discouraged in the library, but voices and sounds may be heard from the adjoining hall. We appreciate your understanding.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Location 1-6-4 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004, YOTSUYA CRUCE 1F Access
TEL/FAX TEL +81-(0)3-5369-6086 / FAX +81-(0)3-5369-6044
Contact E-mail:
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