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Tours and DVD Rental Service

Tours of the Bank's Head Office

For tours through September 30, 2016, please refer to the following information.
For those from October 3, 2016, click here.

In-House Tours with Reservations on Tuesdays

An English-language guided tour of the Bank of Japan is available free of charge for groups of 5-20 people on Tuesday, 15:00-16:00. Visitors are kindly requested to make reservations in advance (on a case-by-case basis, individuals and/or a group of fewer than five people may be allowed to join a group already scheduled for the tour).
The tour includes an introductory video on the Bank and a visit to exhibits of historical interest and the underground vault of the Main Building, which is registered as an Important Cultural Property.
English-language lectures on the role of the Bank and the framework of monetary policy are also available in principle to groups of university and college students.

  • Day/hour of the English-language guided tour: Tuesday, 15:00-16:00.
    The tour will not be held if a Tuesday falls on a holiday of the Bank (please see the Holiday Schedule of the Bank).
  • Children under the age of eleven are not admitted on the tour.
  • For reservations, please contact us from one week to three months in advance.
  • Please note that the tour may be canceled if any changes to the situation should arise.

Reservations and Inquiries

Public Relations Department

Address : 2-1-1, Nihonbashi-Hongokucho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

E-mail : prdmail@boj.or.jp

Tel : +81-3-3279-1111

Short Tours with Tickets Issued on the Day

The guided tours are only conducted in Japanese. However, handouts in English and Chinese are available.
For details, please refer to the following.
The Courtyard and some other parts of the Main Building are open free of charge to visitors with tickets on the day from Monday through Friday, 12:30-13:00.
The tickets are distributed from 10:00 at the West Entrance on a first come, first served basis (there are a limited number of tickets available each day). Please register between 11:50-12:20.

  • Please note that the tour will not be held on Bank holidays and from December 29 to January 4.
  • All visitors are required to present an ID,1 of which we will take a copy for identity verification. Please also write down your contact information on the registration form.
  • Groups of more than 20 people and children under the age of eleven are not admitted.
  • Drinking, eating, and smoking are prohibited on the Bank's premises. Also, neither photography nor audio/video recording are allowed during the tour.
  • You will be asked to undergo screening with a metal detector for security reasons. Please leave your personal belongings in a locker (available free of charge).
  • Please do not bring large items of luggage (e.g., suitcases) on the Bank's premises.
  • The content of the tour is subject to change without notice. Please check our website in advance for further updates.
  • The tour is subject to cancellation due to bad weather.
  • Any visitor who does not follow the Bank's instructions will not be permitted to join the tour.

1 The following are examples of acceptable forms of ID: passport; driver's license; health insurance card; employee or student photo ID; disability certificate; credit card with a photo; "taspo," an age verification card for purchasing cigarettes from vending machines, issued after confirming that the holder is 20 or above; and other IDs issued by public entities (e.g., Residence Card, Individual Number Card, Basic Resident Registration Card with a photo, pension handbook, etc.). Copies will not be accepted.

Inquiries

Public Relations Department

Address : 2-1-1, Nihonbashi-Hongokucho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

E-mail : prdmail@boj.or.jp

Tel : +81-3-3279-1111

Currency Museum (Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies)

An overview of the history of Japanese currency is provided by the museum. Some 3,000 pieces of rare and valuable currency owned by the Bank are on display. For more information about the Currency Museum, please visit the web site of the Currency Museum.

Bank of Japan Otaru Museum

The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum, opened in May 2003, makes use of the former Bank of Japan Otaru Branch building. The old Otaru Branch building, with its historic atmosphere, provides an appropriate setting for displays on the history of the Bank, its operations, and the financial system in a readily understandable manner.

For more information about the museum, please visit the web site of the Bank of Japan Otaru Museum.

Contact

Bank of Japan Otaru Museum

Address : 1-11-16 Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

Tel : +81-134-21-1111

DVD Rental Service

The Public Relations Department offers an introductory video explaining the policies and operations that the Bank conducts to ensure people's confidence in using money.
Rental copies of this 18-minute DVD are available upon request in both Japanese and English, and are entitled "Kurashi to Tsunagaru Nippon Ginko" and "The Bank of Japan in Our Daily Lives," respectively. This rental service is available only in Japan.

Inquiries

Public Relations Department

Tel : +81-3-3279-1111

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