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Tours of the Bank's Head Office

In response to the recent situation surrounding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Bank of Japan is not offering its Head Office tours at this time.

Image:Exterior view of the Main Building of the Bank's Head Office

The Bank of Japan offers two kinds of tours of its Head Office in Tokyo to help visitors learn more about the Bank's role and business operations:

  1. (1) In-House Tours (reservation required; about 1 hour in length)
  2. (2) Short Tours on the Day (no reservation required; about 30 minutes in length)

Entrance for Tour Visitors (Map) [PDF 243KB]

In-House Tours (reservation required; about 1 hour in length)

Come and join our English-language guided tour to explore the Bank of Japan's Main Building, designated as an Important Cultural Property. The tour includes visits to the underground vault, the former banking floor, and the exhibition room.

  • Image: Courtyard of the Main Building with its impressive round pillars

    Courtyard of the Main Building

  • Image: 90 centimeter-thick door of the underground vault

    Door of the underground vault

  • Image: Ceiling of the octagonal room beneath the dome that marks the center of the Main Building

    Interior view of the dome above the exhibition room

Basic Information about the Tour

  1. Schedule for the English-language guided tour
    Tuesday,15:15-16:15; twice a month, in principle.
    There are no tours from December 29 through January 4, or on national holidays (see the Holiday Schedule of the Bank). Tours may not be held on some occasions, due to official events or other reasons.
  2. Schedule for the Japanese-language guided tour
    Monday-Friday, (1) 9:30-10:30, (2) 11:00-12:00, (3) 13:45-14:45, and (4) 15:15-16:15.
    Please note that English-language support is not available during the Japanese-language guided tour. Visitors unable to follow instructions in Japanese are requested to bring their own interpreter.
  3. Tour size
    A maximum of 22 people (reserved on a first-come, first-served basis).
  4. Age requirement
    Children under the age of 11 are not admitted on the tour; those aged 11-12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  5. Cost
    Free
  6. Tour program
    The tour begins with a 20-minute introductory video about the Bank, followed by a guided 40-minute walking tour. Tour participants are requested not to leave the tour once it is underway.
  7. Language
    Video: English1/Chinese/Japanese
    Tour language: English/Japanese
    Pamphlet: English/Japanese
    1. 1For the English video shown in the tour, see The Bank of Japan in Our Daily Lives (18 minutes).
  8. Lecture in English
    For groups of 10 or more university-level students participating in the guided tour from 15:15, a 30-minute English-language lecture can be arranged after the tour upon advance request (16:15-16:45).
    Those who wish to have the lecture are asked to indicate this when making their reservation: on the tour reservation website, please choose "Yes, we wish to have a lecture" under "Request for lecture in English." Please note that this is subject to availability.
    For lectures in Japanese, please refer to "Tours of the Bank's Head Office" on the Japanese website.
  9. Currency Museum
    Participants are also welcome to visit the Currency Museum located nearby (free admission).2 Groups of more than 20 people are kindly requested to make reservations by phone. For more information, please refer to the website of the Currency Museum.
    1. 2The museum provides an overview of the history of Japanese currency. Visitors can explore the museum's collection of coins and notes, as well as related materials and research.

How to Make a Reservation and Join the Tour

In-house tours are available only with advance reservation.
Booking starts 90 days before the tour date, and the reservation process must be completed, at the latest, one week before the day of the tour.

For information on tours without reservations, see Short Tours on the Day.

  1. Online reservations

    Online Tour Reservation (Link to an external website)

    • Your e-mail address is required when making reservations. To make sure you can receive e-mails from us, please place the two domain names below on your whitelist (so your spam filter does not block e-mails from us):
      @www5.revn.jp
      @boj.or.jp
    • All the tour participants' full names, as these appear on their passports, must be registered in advance, by either:
      1. (1) filling out the form on the tour reservation website (up to 10 participants), or
      2. (2) submitting the full list by post, fax, or e-mail (over 10 participants).
        List of Tour Participants ( [Word 23KB] , [PDF 226KB] )
    • The Bank receives reservations through a third-party reservation system and limits its use of personal information registered on the reservation website solely to making tour arrangements.
    • If you have any further inquiries, please contact us by e-mail.
      Tour Desk, Public Relations Department
      E-mail: prdmail@boj.or.jp
  2. Changing or canceling a reservation
    • Cancellation can be made online any time up to three days before the tour date using the link cited in the e-mail confirmation. Those who wish to cancel their reservation within two days before the tour date are kindly asked to notify us by e-mail or phone (Tour Desk: +81-3-3279-1111).
    • If you wish to reduce the total number of participants, please notify us as early as possible.
    • In case you wish to increase the number of participants, please make additional reservations on the tour reservation website.
  3. On the day of the tour
    • Admission begins 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the tour at the reception counter. Visitors are requested to come to the West Entrance of the Bank's Head Office (see Entrance for Tour Visitors (Map) [PDF 243KB]). Please wait outside at the courtyard of the Main Building until admission begins.
    • Visitors are kindly requested to check in at the reception counter at least 5 minutes before the tour starts. Please note that the tours start promptly. Late arrivals will not be able to join the tour.
    • You will be asked for your reservation number at the West Entrance and at reception. Please present either a printout or a screen display of the e-mail confirmation of your reservation.
    • All visitors are required to present a valid ID (copies are not accepted) at reception.3
      Those without an acceptable form of ID cannot join the tour.
      1. 3The following are examples of acceptable forms of ID: passport; driver's license; health insurance card; employee or student photo ID; disability certificate; and other IDs issued by public entities (Residence Card, Individual Number Card ["My Number Card"], Basic Resident Registration Card with a photo, pension handbook, driving career certificate, etc.).
    • Please note that, for security reasons, visitors are asked to undergo screening with a metal detector and X-ray inspection of their belongings. Visitors are advised to refrain from bringing items that are unrelated to their visit. 

Notes on Tour Reservations

  • If anyone in your group uses a wheelchair, please notify us when making a reservation.
  • Those submitting the list of all tour participants after making a reservation are requested to do so within a month after registration is confirmed. Those who made their reservation within a month before the tour date are kindly requested to submit the full list at their earliest convenience.
  • All the tour participants' full names, as these appear on their passports, must be registered in advance. Those without prior registration cannot join the tour. There are no exceptions made for tour guides or interpreters.
  • We do not accept tentative reservations. Travel agencies are requested not to make reservations for in-house tours until the number and identity of all participants is fixed.
  • There is no parking space available. Visitors are recommended to use public transportation.

Notes on Your Visit

  • Lockers are available but only for small items. Please do not bring large items such as suitcases.
    Valuables must be kept with you at all times. The Bank is not liable for any loss or damage.
  • Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes, as the tour route includes stairs.
  • Drinking, eating, and smoking are prohibited on the Bank's premises. Photography (except at designated photo points) and audio/video recording are not allowed. Visitors are requested to keep their voices low and refrain from using cellphones or playing games on handheld devices.
  • Visitors who do not follow instructions or are disruptive will not be permitted to continue on the tour and will be asked to leave.

Comments from Tour Participants

We hope that participants on the tour will have an informative and enjoyable experience at the Bank. Below are some of the comments we have received from tour participants (translated from the original Japanese):

  • "The architecture of the Bank's building was very impressive." - Adult, 20s
  • "Feeling the weight of 100 million yen was a valuable experience." - University student
  • "The tour was very educational. It allowed me to understand the Bank's roles and importance in the economy." - Adult, 30s
  • "The tour encouraged me to pay more attention when the Bank appears on TV." - Junior high school student
  • "I hope that the Bank will continue with this kind of tour, as an on-site visit is a real learning experience for students." - Adult, 60s

Short Tours on the Day (no reservation required; about 30 minutes in length)

Tours without reservations are available from Monday through Friday, 12:45-13:15. The tour includes visits to the courtyard, the former banking floor, and the exhibition room on the first floor of the Main Building (Important Cultural Property).4 The tour inside the building is guided by the Bank's staff.

  1. 4This tour does not include visits to the underground vault and the exhibition room on the second floor of the Main Building. If you wish to visit these areas, please make a reservation from In-House Tours.
  • Image: former banking floor used from the Meiji to the Showa periods (from the 1890s to the 1970s)

    Visit the former banking floor

  • Image:location of kin-za during the Edo period on a historical map, showing the area of the Head Office today

    See the location of "Kin-za" (the gold mint) on a historical map, showing the area of the Head Office today

  • Image: holding a replica package of 100 million yen

    Experience the weight of 100 million yen

Basic Information about the Tour

  1. Schedule for the tour
    Monday-Friday, 12:45-13:15
    Numbered tickets, available from 10:00, are necessary to join the tour.
    There are no tours from December 29 through January 4, or on national holidays (see the Holiday Schedule of the Bank).Tours may not be held on some occasions, due to official events or other reasons.
  2. Tour size
    A maximum of 20 people (available on a first-come, first-served basis).
  3. Age requirement
    Children under the age of 11 are not admitted on the tour; those aged 11-12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  4. Cost
    Free
  5. Tour program
    The tour begins with a 5-minute introductory video about the Bank, followed by a guided 25-minute walking tour inside the Main Building (including the former banking floor and the exhibition room on the first floor). Tour participants are requested not to leave the tour once it is underway.
  6. Tour language
    Japanese

How to Join the Tour

  1. A numbered ticket is necessary per person.
  2. Numbered tickets are available from 10:00 on the day of the tour (only one ticket given per person; on a first-come, first-served basis) at the West Entrance of the Bank's Head Office (see Entrance for Tour Visitors (Map) [PDF 243KB]).
  3. Admission begins at 12:30. Those with numbered tickets are requested to come to the reception counter. Please wait outside at the courtyard of the Main Building until admission begins.
  4. Visitors are kindly requested to check in at the reception counter at least 5 minutes before the tour starts. Please note that the tour starts at 12:45 sharp. Late arrivals will not be able to join the tour.
  5. All visitors are required to present a numbered ticket and a valid ID (copies are not accepted) at reception.5 Those without an acceptable form of ID cannot join the tour.
    1. 5The following are examples of acceptable forms of ID: passport; driver's license; health insurance card; employee or student photo ID; disability certificate; and other IDs issued by public entities (Residence Card, Individual Number Card ["My Number Card"], Basic Resident Registration Card with a photo, pension handbook, driving career certificate, etc.).
  6. Please note that, for security reasons, visitors are asked to undergo screening with a metal detector and X-ray inspection of their belongings. Visitors are advised to refrain from bringing items that are unrelated to their visit.

Notes on Your Visit

  • There is no parking space available. Visitors are recommended to use public transportation.
  • Lockers are available but only for small items. Please do not bring large items such as suitcases. Valuables must be kept with you at all times. The Bank is not liable for any loss or damage.
  • Drinking, eating, and smoking are prohibited on the Bank's premises. Photography (except at designated photo points) and audio/video recording are not allowed. Visitors are requested to keep their voices low and refrain from using cellphones or playing games on handheld devices.
  • Visitors who do not follow instructions or are disruptive will not be permitted to continue on the tour and will be asked to leave.