The Information and Culture Centre


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 Japan-related books in our lending library.

Hours of Operation

We accept inquiries via phone and email only.
Monday to Friday:  9:00 - 12:15      13:30 - 16:45
Telephone:   613-241-8541

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.

The Information and Culture Section maintains a Cultural Newsletter which provides updates on Embassy and Japan-related events in Ottawa. Click here to sign up.

Lending Library
Japanese Garden
Seminar held in Auditorium
School Visit

Lending Library

Library service is currently unavailable.

The Centre maintains a lending library of books, CDs and DVDs. If you wish to borrow books, 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.


Information Access

We answer general enquiries about Japan and Japanese culture. Enquiries can be made by telephone, letter or email. 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. For general information about Japan, we recommend visiting the following webpage here. Please contact Japan National Tourism Organization for travel information.



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

School Visit Program is offered online.

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


JET Programme Canada

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is a Japanese government-sponsored exchange program that offers Canadians the chance to live and work in Japan.

Most JET Programme participants work as Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) in a team teaching with a Japanese Teacher of English in elementary and secondary schools. Learn more about the programme, its benefits and why you should join it by clicking here.

See our JET Programme page to learn about the participants and their experiences.


Exchanges and Scholarships

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

    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
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science / JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships (NSERC)
  • Fellowship administered by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)