Kanazawa Bunko Museum

Kanagawa, Kanto

Kanazawa-Bunko (Kanazawa Library) was built in the 13th century by Hojo Sanetoki, and is the oldest library in Japan built by a member of the samurai class. Sanetoki is said to have been a learned man and enthusiastic collector of books. His son, Akitoki, followed in the footsteps of his father and continued collecting books, and from there the Library developed over four generations. Kanagawa Prefecture restored the Library in 1930, but the present building dates only from 1990. The Library has a collection of more than 13,000 old books including several works, mostly Buddhist classics, which are designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, along with over 4,000 copies of ancient documents and more than 3,000 art and craft works, all of which are available for viewing by the public. The library houses portraits of four generations of the Hojo family, including Hojo Sanetoki and others who contributed to Kanazawa Bunko. The portraits are designated National Treasures.


142 Kanazawa-cho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Admission Fee
250 yen (permanent exhibition)
Mondays, the next day of each national holiday, New Years holidays'
[Rail]JR Yokohama Stn./Keihin Kyuko Honsen Line (Rapid Express)/16-min. ride/Kanazawa-Bunko Stn./12-min. walk

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