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National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo : Tobunken Library (資料閲覧室)


General Information

Tobunken Library
13-43 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8713 
(Please replace # with @)
10:00 - 17:00
Note: Visitors are unable to enter between 12:00-13:00 and after 16:30.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays,  12/25, 12/28-1/4

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size:
  • Books on fine arts: 120,000 volumes
  • Periodicals on fine art: 99,000 volumes
  • Books on performing arts: 15,000 volumes
  • Books on preservation science/ restoration technique: 7,000 volumes
  • Photographs: 260,000 volumes
Focus: Fine Arts, Performing Arts
Notable Collections:
  • Kabuki Sinpo (1879.2-1897.3) : Kabuki theater magazine From 1669 to 1897.  It was not allowed to publish outside of Japan. The contents include reviews, news on actors, and obituaries in this field.

  • JAPAN, Shogun edition (12 vols.): It was published in Boston, 1897.  This volume set became the introduction to Japanese society, culture and  history for the Westerners. 

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

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How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit:

  • Letter of Introduction (紹介状 Shōkaijō) from your home institution.  Please use the following form if the home institution does not have one:
    • Letter of Introduction (Word,  PDF)

Upon Arrival:

  • Please present ID.  Students, please present a Letter of Introduction from your home institution library.
  • 10 times at a time


  • Please fill out Bunken fukusha mōshikomisho (文献複写申込書) and submit the form to the Photocopying Service Desk.
  • For copying large Books (call numbers BA-BZ), fragile materials and materials published before 1900, please ask the staff at the counter.
  • Self-service Copy Fee:
    • Black: 10 yen
    • Color: 50 yen

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