Diplomatic Archives

October 1, 2019

Opening Hours

 10:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday

Days Closed

 Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, Year-end and New Year Holidays (December 28 to January 4), and days on which the Diplomatic Archives announces that it will be temporarily closed (please visit only after telephoning to confirm that it will be open)

Reading Room Guide

Entering the room

 When entering the Main Building Reading Room, please make sure to have some form of personal identification (driver’s license, student identification card, insurance certificate, etc.). Also, please make sure to set your camera to silent mode when taking photographs (Japanese only).

Reception Desk Hours

 The last order for the reception desk to retrieve historical documents should be before 5:00pm, and to apply for copies should be before 4:30pm.

Reading Specified Historical Public Records and Archives and the Delivery of Copies

1.Simple Method

 Microfilms, CD-Rs, and other media containing records of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the prewar period, as well as diplomatic records, can be accessed by a simple method.
Please click here for details, including for making copies.

2.Requests for Use

 If the above simple method is not applicable, a request should be submitted for access to the Specified Historical Public Records and Archives Please click here for details.

 [Note] For more details on the Reading Room, please refer to Article 1 of the “Detailed Rules for Use of the Diplomatic Archives” (Japanese only).

Annex Exhibition Room (Guide)

 The Annex has an Exhibition Room open to all. It includes a “permanent exhibition” that traces the history of Japanese diplomacy from the end of the Tokugawa Period and the arrival of Commodore Perry to the present day, and also presents “special exhibitions” on specific themes.

 The Annex does not have any elevators or escalators, so visitors are asked to use the stairs to the 2nd floor.

 Also, if you are visiting with a group of 20 people or more, please submit the “Application for Use of the Annex by Group” (Japanese only) (PDF)Open a New Window in advance of your visit.

Special Photography and Loan Service for Historical Documents

 If you wish to photograph specified historical public records and archives for broadcasting or for publication, check on Article 15 in the “Detailed Rules for Use of the Diplomatic Archives” (Japanese only) , and submit the “Application for Special Photography of Specified Historical Public Records and Archives” (Japanese only) (PDF)Open a New Window. Also, if you wish to borrow documents for use in an event to be held by a public, academic or any other institution, check on Article 13 of the same rules (Japanese only), and please submit the “Application for Loan and Use of Specified Historical Public Documents” (Japanese only) (PDF)Open a New Window.


Address:5-3, 1-chome, Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0041 Japan
Access:8 minutes’ walk from Roppongi 1 chome station of Nanboku Subway Line
10 minutes’ walk from Roppongi or Kamiyacho Station of Hibiya Subway Line
10 minutes’ walk from Roppongi, Oedo Subway Line
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