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Sanko Library: Library(図書館)


General Information

Sanko Library
1st floor Meishokaikan 
4-7-4 Shibakoen Minato, Tokyo 105-0011
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9:30-17:00 (last entry checkout copy by 16:30)
Saturday, Sunday, New Year's Holidays 
Summer maintenance period


About Sanko Library

The origin of Sanko library dates back in 1902.when Ohashi Library (大橋図書館) was founded by Ohashi Sahei (大橋佐平), who was a director of Kobunkan (博文館). In 1964, when Sankō Research Institute for the Study of Buddhism (三康文化研究所 Sankō bunka kenkyūjo) was established, the library became a part of the institution.

The library hold about 256,000 volumes related to the Buddhism as well as woodblock prints and reproductions of old documents from the Edo period.

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size: 256,000 volumes

Notable Collection(s):

  • Nozarashi kikō (野ざらし紀行): Haikai (俳諧) style travelers journals by Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉).

  • Kuniezu (国絵図): Japanese land maps by Inō Tadataka (伊能忠敬).

  • Takeda Collection (竹田家文庫): Library materials related to history and miritary(about 8,800 items).

  • Uchida Collection (内田文庫): Library materials related to law(about 4,800 items).

  • Shiio Collection (椎尾文庫): Library materials related to Buddhism(about 9,500 items).

  • Masutani Collection (増谷文庫): Library materials related to religion and Buddhism(about 2,200 items).

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects different romanization system used by an individual institution.



How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

16 years or older

Prior to the Visit: No Advance Inquiry or Preparation is Required  

Upon Arrivlal:

  • Admission: 100 yen (500 yen for 6 tickets and 1,000 yen for 13 tickets)


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Please ask the library

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