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National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku): Library (図書室)


General Information

National Museum of Japanese History Library
Att: Information Service Center,
117 Jonai-cho, Sakura, Chiba 285-8502
+81-43-486-0123 (Switchboard)
Museum Visitors Library: 
Research Library:
(Please replace # with @),
Museum Visitors Library: 9:30-17:00,
October-Feburary: 9:30-16:30
Research Library: 9:00-17:00
Museum Visitors Library: When the facility is closed
Research Library: Saturday, Sunday,
National Holidays,New Years (12/28-1/4)


About the Library:

Rekihaku's library is divided into two sections: the Museum Visitors Library and the Research Library. The Museum Visitors Library holds approximately 9,200 items, including historical dictionaries and general histories, as well as large-format art books and exhibition-specific references. The Research Library is used for academic research and is not open to the public. It holds about 350,000 books, 6,500 periodical titles, 170 titles in microfilm related to history, archeology, and ethnology of Japan and the neighboring countries such as China and Korea.

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Research Collections

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size: As of 2011

  • Books: About 308,000 volume
  • Periodicals: About 4,600 periodical titles
  • Micro-form Materials: 170 titles

Focus: History, Ethnology, Anthropology, Local History from Different Regions, Excavation Survey Report Museum Exhibition Catalogs

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


Online Resources

How to Use the Facility

Using the Museum Visitors Library

Prior to the Visit: No Advance Inquiry and Preparation Required


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Copy Fee:
    • Black and White: 10 yen per page
    • Color: 50 yen per page

Using the Research Library

Prior to the Visit: Advance Inquiry and Preparation Required
  • Please inquire the Information Service Section through your home institution library at:

285-8502 千葉県佐倉市城内町117
国立歴史民俗博物館 研究協力課 図書係
FAX: +81-43-486-4080
Email address: (Please replace # with @)

  • Please verify the desired material is available by using 蔵書検索(OPAC).
  • Letter of Introduction (紹介状 Shōkaijō) from the home institution library (please use the following form if the home institution does not have one):
    • A letter of Introduction (Word,  PDF)
  • Some of the databases available for use on-site required pre-registration. Please fill out  "データベース利用承認申請書.

Upon Arrival:

  • Please present the letter of Introduction.
  • Please present some form of personal ID.


  • Please fill out Bunken fukusha mōshikomisho (文献複写申込書).
  • Copy Fee:
    • 35 yen per page
  • Reader Printer: 40 yen per page
Note: Materials in the research library can be viewed at the Museum Visitors library.  Please fill out Library Materials Request Form and contact the research library staff in advance.

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