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Setagaya Arts Foundation: Setagaya Literary Museum (世田谷文学館)


General Information

Facility: Setagaya Literary Museum
Address: 1-10-10 Minamikarasuyama, Setagaya, Tokyo 157-0062
Phone: +81-3-5374-9111
FAX: +81-3-5374-9120
10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:30)
Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday)

About the Facility:

Setagaya Literary Museum was opened in 1995 as the first regional comprehensive museum of literature among 23 wards of Tokyo.  The basic principles of the museum is to preserve and inherit the literary climate of Setagaya, contribute to the revitalization of urban development and create an opportunity and place for cultural exchange of residents.

The museum holds materials on literary and literature from Setagaya ward after the Meiji period.  Currently, the museum holds 90,000 or more items.  Books and magazines can be viewed in the library.

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Summary of Collection(s)


Collection Size: More than 90,000 items

Focus: Modern Literature

Notable Collection(s):

  • 映画監督・成瀬巳喜男旧蔵資料: Materials related to Naruse Mikio (movie director, 1905-1969) donated by his family in 2011.  The collection include movie scripts with his hand-writings, still images from films and photos from shooting films (more than 2,000 items),  trophies, desk, books, letters and other documents. 
  • 萩原朔太郎 萩原栄次あて絵入はがき: A postcard sent from Hagiewara Sakutaro, a free-stlye verse poet in in the Taisho and early Showa periods of Japan, to Hagiwara Eiji, his cousin.

  • 萩 原葉子「父・朔太郎メモ」ノート: More than 1,600 items of Hagiwara's memos and notes donated by Hagiwara Yoko, a writer and daughter of Hagiwara Sakutaro.

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



1. Keiō line (京王線) Roka kōen station (芦花公園):

  • On foot: About 5 min.
    • Exit from the South exit. 
    • To the right out of the south exit and walk along Chitose dōri (千歳通り).

2. Keiō line (小田急線) Chitose Funabashi station (千歳船橋駅):

  • By Bus:
    • Take Keiō Bus: Destinstion Chitose Toriyama station (千歳烏山駅)
    • Get off at Roka kōshunen (芦花恒春園).


How to Use the Facility

Visiting the Museum


  • General Admission Fee:
General Admission
High School,
College Students
Elementary School
Senior (65+)
Individual 200 yen 150 yen 100 yen   100yen 100yen
Group 160 yen 120 yen 80 yen 80 yen 80 yen
  • Special Admission fees vary depending on the exhibition.

Using the Library

Reading only

Prior to the Visit: No Advance Inquiry and Preparation Required

Upon Arrival:

  • Most library materials are stored in the closed stack room.
  • Please verify the desired material is available by using their library catalog and ask the library staff for further instructions. 

Accessing Rare Materials

Prior to the Visit: Advance Inquiry Required

  • Rare materials refer to hand written manuscripts and letters.
  • Please contact the library service representative at +81-3-5374-9111, at least one week prior to your visit.


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Photocopy may be prohibited depending on the condition of the library material.

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