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Updated: October 6, 2023

International Library of Children's Literature, National Diet Library 国立国会図書館国際子ども図書館

12-49 Ueno Park, Taito City, Tokyo

Japan's most significant collection of Japanese and international children's books

Find a quiet escape at the International Library of Children's Literature, National Diet Library in Ueno. Perfect for families with small children, it houses the official collection of children's books and stories in Japan. The library has around 700,000 Japanese and international children's books.
This iconic brick building was built in 1906 and was once the old Imperial Library. The building was preserved and renovated, and now holds a children's library room, a "Meet the World" room, a research room, a book museum, and more. The recently added Arch Building hosts research rooms and a children's book reference room dedicated to the study of children.

How to Get There

  • Ueno StationJR Yamanote LineJR Keihin-Tohoku LineJR Joban LineJR Tohoku LineJR Takasaki LineGinza LineHibiya LineKeisei LinePark Exit10 min on foot


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Opening Hours

  • 9:30-17:00

  • Closing days: MondaysHolidaysNew Year's holidays
    *Note: The museum is closed every third Wednesday of the month. However, if Children's Day (May 5) falls on a Wednesday, it will be open.



Facility Info

  • RestroomsDining facilitiesNon-smoking areasMoney exchangeWiFi
  • JapaneseEnglishChinese (simplified)Korean
  • Disabled parkingAutomatic doorsWheelchair rampElevatorWheelchair accessible elevatorMulti-purpose toiletOstomate restroomsToilet with handrailsDiaper changing facilitiesBaby chair/high chairFolding bed for adultsWheelchair loanBreast feeding room

For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.