The Information and Culture Centre of the Embassy of Japan provides an information service and promotes Japanese culture in Canada.  The Centre includes an auditorium, a Japanese garden which changes with the seasons and an area where people can sit and browse through Japanese newspapers and the books in our lending library.


Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday:  9:00 - 12:15      13:30 - 16:45
Telephone:   613-241-8541
Fax:   613-241-4261


The Centre is closed on days the Embassy is closed or when special events are taking place.
Please contact the Centre before visiting to ensure that it is open.


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Lending Library
Japanese Garden
Seminar held in Auditorium
School Visit

Lending Library


The Centre maintains a lending library of books, CDs and DVDs. You can sit in the Centre and browse through books and Japanese newspapers (in Japanese and English) while enjoying the Japanese garden. If you wish to borrow books, CDs, or DVDs, you will have to present photo ID. Please check the Lending Policy for books/CDs/DVDs.



The Centre has an auditorium which seats 150 people and is equipped with a stage, sound and lighting. The Auditorium is used for exhibitions, receptions and a variety of cultural events. It may also be used by outside organizations which have an interest in Japan.

Providing Information


We answer general enquiries about Japan and Japanese culture. Enquiries can be made by telephone, letter, email or fax. If we cannot answer your enquiry directly we will be happy to put you in touch with other organizations which may be able to help you.



We assist the media in Canada with its coverage of news and current events relating to Japan.

The Foreign Press Centre, an independent organization in Japan, assists the foreign press with its coverage of news and current events relating to Japan and it has an invitation program which enables foreign journalists to visit Japan.

School Visit Program


Through the School Visit Program, we will visit schools to introduce Japan and Japanese culture to Canadian students. This program is available in English and French to schools in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Exchanges and Scholarships


We administer several programs offered by the Government of Japan including:


JET Programme: an opportunity to teach English in Japan
MEXT Scholarships: for post-secondary education in Japan
Ship for World Youth: a two-month experience on board a ship with over 250 youth from around the world with the aim of improving international understanding


We provide information on Japan-related programs not administered by the Centre, including:


The Japan Foundation: arts/cultural exchange
Japanese language/studies abroad
intellectual exchange
The Tanaka Fund: promotes Japanese language/studies, etc. in Canadian universities
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: fellowship administered by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)