Opening Hours9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
ClosedThe end of month, Mondays (if Monday is a Japanese holiday, the following non-holiday), the end and beginning of the year
InquiryTEL: 075-752-1187 e-mail: office@kcif.or.jp
*Visitors can only read printed materials. You cannot check out any material from kokoPlaza.

List of World Newspapers/Magazines

Newspapers (as of 2023)


China 『人民日報』 Daily Chinese
Hong Kong 『明報』 Daily Chinese
Japan 『Japan News』 Daily English
Japan 『International New York Times』   Daily English
Japan 『Japan Times』 Daily English
South Korea   『朝鮮日報』 Daily Korean


the UK  『The Observer』 Weekly English

North America/South America  

the US   『New York Times Sunday』   Weekly English

Magazines (as of 2023)


Hong Kong 『亜洲週刊』 Weekly Chinese
South Korea  『Koreana』 Quarterly Japanese
South Korea 『時事In(シサイン)』 Weekly Korean
Indonesia 『Intisari』 Monthly Indonesian
Vietnam 『Vietnam Pictorial』  Monthly English


France 『Beaux Arts』 Monthly French
the UK 『The Economist』  Weekly English

World Picture Book Exhibition

Become familiar with world cultures through the picture books at this exhibition. You can peruse these books at your leisure.

Exhibition of Picture Books of Historical Cities Linked to Kyoto

An exhibit of picture books and related printed materials from different countries affiliated with Kyoto through the League of Historical Cities (secretariat in Kyoto City) that introduce each city.

Exhibition Schedule
 Turkey  May 2, Tue - May 30, Tue, 2023
 Sri Lanka  September 1, Fri - September. 29, Fri, 2023
 Sweden February. 1, Thu. - February. 28, Wed, 2024

Hokkori Book Café

Participants discuss predetermined themes with the purpose of respecting differences and recognizing social diversity.

Lending Packages to Raise International Awareness.

The packages include materials from approximately 2,300 picture books from 95 countries, ethnic costumes and musical instruments from 28 countries, educational materials to aid in understanding including toys, and related overseas documents. They can be checked-out by schools, educational organizations, international exchange groups, and institutions.

List of Picture Books Owned by kokoPlaza

We have approximately 2,500 books from 97 countries. For more details, please contact our kokoPlaza.


Number of Books

Republic of Iceland 16
Ireland 1
Azerbaijan Republic 5
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 5
The United States of America 213
United Arab Emirates 21
The Argentine Republic 5
Republic of Albania 10
Republic of Angola 3
State of Israel 13
Republic of Italy 24
Republic of Iraq 20
Islamic Republic of Iran 60
India 67
Republic of Indonesia 21
Ukraine 35
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 86
Arab Republic of Egypt 20
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia 2
Republic of El Salvador 3
The Commonwealth of Australia 24
The Republic of Austria 13
The Kingdom of the Netherlands 32
Canada 14
Kingdom of Cambodia 13
Republic of Ghana 21
Republic of Cuba 5
Hellenic Republic 16
Republic of Guatemala 5
Republic of Croatia 2
Republic of Kenya 2
Republic of Columbia 3
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 48
Republic of Zambia 7
Syrian Arab Republic 7
Republic of Singapore 19
Republic of Zimbabwe 9
The Swiss Confederation 21
Kingdom of Sweden 14
Spain 145
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 27
Slovak Republic 2
Republic of Slovenia 1
Republic of Senegal 8
Former Soviet Union 17
Kingdom of Thailand 67
Taiwan 36
The Republic of Korea 106
Czech Republic 11
Former Republic of Czechoslovakia 3
People's Republic of China 80
Republic of Tunisia 5
Republic of Chile 2
Kingdom of Denmark 11
Republic of Turkey 11
Federal Republic of Germany 64
Federal Republic of Nigeria 5
Republic of Namibia 2
The Republic of Nicaragua 1
New Zealand 10
Nepal 14
Kingdom of Norway 13
Hungary 9
People's Republic of Bangladesh 25
Islamic Republic of Pakistan 22
Palestinian Authority 13
Commonwealth of the Philippines 30
Republic of Finland 8
The French Republic 83
Kingdom of Bhutan 3
Federative Republic of Brazil 18
Republic of Bulgaria 7
Puerto Rico 1
Socialist Republic of Vietnam 40
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 4
Kingdom of Belgium 16
Hong Kong 16
Plurinational State of Bolivia 4
The Republic of Poland 18
Portuguese Republic 12
Malaysia 45
South African Republic 10
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar 19
The United Mexican States 1
Republic of Mozambique 2
Kingdom of Morocco 1
Mongolia 12
The former Yugoslavia 7
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 16
Lao People‘s Democratic Republic 10
Republic of Lithuania 1
Libya 23
Romania 3
Republic of Rwanda 1
Kingdom of Lesotho 1
Republic of Lebanon 35
Russian Federation 29
Japan 194
Katatsumuri Bunko 15
Picture books about Kyoto 10
Scroll Painting of the Tale of Heike 9
Jirai Dewa Naku Hana o Kudasai [Please Give Me Flowers Instead of Land Mines]  4
Osbourne Collection 34
Mother Goose 1 30
Mother Goose 2 30
Maboroshi no Russia ehon
[Phantom Russian Picture Book]

Gaioku no Ohanashi[Stories of Foreign Countries] (published in Japan) 

Number of Books

[Stories of Foreign Countries] Iceland 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Africa 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] America 34
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Britain 18
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Islamic nations 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Italy 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Iraq 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Ukraine 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Australia 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Holland 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Canada 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] South Korea 5
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Cook Island 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Georia 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Swiss 6
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Sweden 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Sri Lanka 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Thailand 6
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Taiwan 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Tanzania 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Czech Republic 5
[Stories of Foreign Countries] China 9
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Denmark 3
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Turkey 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Germany 7
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Nigeria 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Nepal 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Norway 3
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Philippines 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Finland 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] France 4
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Brazil 10
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Vietnam 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Belgium 11
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Bolivia 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Poland 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Portuguese Republic 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Mexico 2
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Mongolia 1
[Stories of Foreign Countries] Others 1