Within the collection, 250,000 materials are kept in the archives for conservation. Of these materials, those that have been sorted and cataloged may be accessed on request for research purposes in the Research Reference Room upon registration.
Materials available for access
Manga magazines and books, which are searchable in the "Manga Database Search"
3rd floor, Research Reference Room.
Days and hours of operation
Sunday, Friday 10:30～16:30
Free (However, the general entrance fee to the museum still applies)
5 *The seat will be temporarily reducing due to COVID-19.
You must make a reservation by contacting us to use the room at least a week in advance.Please apply by these ways below.
3.Visit the room
However, if the Reference Room is open, and there is space available on that day, those without a reservation may be permitted access. We also would like to ask you to contact us about the materials that you are willing to browse at least a week in advance.
You can check the status of the materials on the "Manga Database Search" page.
Materials could be out of order due to exhibition etc.
※Materials cannot be copied. Additionally, photography is also prohibited.
・Registration hours are limited to the times that the Research Reference Room is open (applications close at 16:00).
・Registrants must be 18 years old or above and have a research or survey purpose.
・Registrants must provide proof of name, address, birth date etc. by supplying one of the following:
< Driver's license, health insurance card, passport, faculty staff card, staff card, pension booklet or a recent postal item, etc.>
・You will be photographed in order to make your Research Reference Room ID card.
・Please inform The Museum if you have a change of address or contact details.
Use of the Research Reference Room
・Please refrain from eating, drinking, conversation and the use of mobile phones so as not to disturb other users.
・Photography is prohibited inside the room.
・You may requests up to 5 documents at a time.
・Materials that are currently being used for internal research or exhibition by The Museum, or which are on loan to external organizations cannot be accessed.
・Please understand that some items may not be available for use due to the condition of the materials.
・Please take all due care not to damage the materials. If by chance damage occurs, you may be asked to provide compensation depending on the circumstances
・Currently there is no document copy service provided.
・We would appreciate your cooperation in filling out the Research Reference Room survey.
・Please abide by all instructions given to you by the staff or you will be asked to leave the room.
The highlight of the museum!
The “Wall of Manga” filled with 50,000 books!!
Anyone can take a book from the shelves to read so please start thinking about what you will read first!
Gathering, sorting, and using Manga culture
In the next site , we introduce a range of Edo giga, Meiji-period magazines, and Genga’(Dash).