The Japan Travel Bureau Foundation was founded in 1912 as the Japan Tourist Bureau. Since reorganization in November, 1963, when the travel agency business split off as a separate company, the Japan Travel Bureau Foundation has focused on tourism-related research, including studies of tourism, tourism-related publishing, and maintaining a library of tourism-related publications.

We have run the library of tourism culture since 1978.In recent years, our main focus is on collecting specialized books and academic journals for tourism research.

Furthermore, we have been working on making valuable materials, rare books and academic journals accessible to our visitors.

Our library is open to anyone, including researchers, people working industry and students.


1912 ‘Japan Tourist Bureau’ established
1945 Changed name to ‘Japan Travel Bureau Foundation’
1963 Parted with the sales division, which became the Japan Travel Bureau Corporation (JTB Corp.)
1978 Opened the ‘Library of Tourism Culture’
2012 Became a public-interest incorporated foundation
2016 Moved to Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
2017 Became a depository library of UNWTO