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Yokohama Archives of History: Archives(資料館)


General Information

Yokohama Archives of History
3 Nihon-odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 231-0021
+81-45-201-2102 (reading room)
9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), New Years Holidays


About the Yokohama Archives of History:

The Yokohama Archives of History was opened in June, 1981. The Archives  preserves and exhibits historical materials from the Edo period to the Taisho-Showa era  A visit to the Archives provides a unique opportunity to know Yokohama's role as an entrance door to Japan and a prominent city for international trades.

The archives holds about 250,000 items related to the history of Yokohama, including documents and records, newspapers and magazines, photos, and ukiyo-e.  Besides permanent exhibitions, the archives holds special exhibitions four times a year in the Special Exhibition Room.


Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size: about 250,000 items

Notable Collection(s): Please refer to "Collections".

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

Visiting the Facility


Junior high
or younger 
General Admission 200 yen 100 yen
Group (20 or more) 150 yen 80 yen
Reading Room  100 yen 100 yen

Note: Free every Saturday for Junior high school students or younger.

Using the Reading Room


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Copy Fee:
    • Black: 20 yen
    • Color: 100 yen
  • The following materials cannot be photo copied.  Please ask staff for microfilms or using a digital camera:
    • The original docmentations and records
    • Books and magazines which were published in 1912 or earlier
    • Western Books that were published in 1945 or earlier (for the Don Brown collection, 1952 or earlier) 
    • The original newspaper and pictorial materials  


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