The Kyoto International Manga Museum was opened in November of 2006 as the first comprehensive cultural center for manga culture in Japan. It holds one of the worlds largest collections of manga related materials consisting of approximately 300,000 items (afs of 2011) centering around modern Japanese manga, and incorporating manga-related historical materials from the Meiji period (1868-1912). We also have comics from around the world, including bande desinee, manhua, manhwa and so forth, as well as magazines and animation-related materials.

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.

The remaining 50,000 items are available for visitors to read freely on the Wall of Manga. Please click here for details.

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*Please search Japanese title in alphabet.

About the closed archives

Materials available for access in the Research Reference Room: Manga magazines and books, which are searchable in the "Manga Database Search"
Location: Kyoto International Manga Museum, 3rd floor, Research Reference Room.
Days and hours of operation: Sunday, Tuesday, Friday
10am - 1:15pm, 1:30pm - 4:45pm
Intended users: Persons with a research purpose who are 18 years old or above.
(Pre-registration is required on the day of first using)
Fee: Free*
* However, the general entrance fee to the museum still applies
* Adults: 800yen
Access information: You must make a reservation by contacting us to use the room.
(phone: +81-75-254-7414)
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 recommend you to contact us about the materials that you are willing to browse in advance. Materials could be out of order due to exhibition etc.
Other: Materials cannot be copied. Additionally, photography is also prohibited.
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Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0846 Japan

TEL: +81-75-254-7414 FAX: +81-75-254-7424