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International House of Japan: Library

国際文化会館 図書室

General Information

International House of Japan Library
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Email: (Please replace # with @)
9:00-18:00, Periodical Section: 9:00-20:00
Sunday, Holidays, New Years


About the Library:

The International House of Japan (IHJ) Library is a special library serving the field of Japanese Studies, and a center for reference services and support for international scholars.  The library not only offers general library services, but also organize workshops for Japanese Studies information specialists.  Through these activities, IHJ library closely works with institutions overseas as well as in Japan.

IHJ Library holds 250,000 books, and 500 periodical titles on Japanese Studies, International Relations and East Asian Studies, written mostly in English.

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Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size: 

  • Book: 250,000 volumes
  • Periodical: 500 periodical titles

Focus: Japanese Studies, International Relations and East Asian Studies  

With its holdings of predominantly English language materials, the International House of Japan Library is an excellent reference resource.  Its library staff is multilingual and extremely helpful in assisting foreign scholars and in helping them gain access to other libraries in Japan. 

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit:

  • Library Membership: Please contact the library in advance. The annual fee of 6,000 yen and a letter of Introduction are required.
  • Online Catalog: Please find information on needed materials by using the online catalog.


  • Copy Fee:
    • B5 to A3 size Black and White (Please ask library staff): 30 yen per sheet
    • B5 to A3 size Color: 100 yen
    • Self service copies, Black and White: 20 yen per sheet
    • Self service copies, Color: 80 yen per sheet.
Research Affiliation

The Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP)

The two month program brings selected leaders from different regions of Asia to stay at International House of Japan to conduct collaborative and individual research, and to take part in various intellectual exchange activities. Since the initiation of the Program, the ALFP has annually invited 6 to 7 Fellows from nearly 15 Asian countries. This program is co-organized with the Japan Foundation.  For more Information on how to apply please contact: ALFP Secretariat c/o Program Department International House of Japan 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Japan Tel: +81-3-3470-3211 Fax: +81-3-3470-3170 E-mail: (Please replace# with @).

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