Japan Information & Cultural Center

The Japan Information & Cultural Center (JICC) is the cultural, educational, and public affairs division of the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco serving Northern and Central California, and the State of Nevada. Helping people gain a deeper understanding of Japanese traditions, customs, history and contemporary culture is the primary purpose of the JICC.
JICC is looking for individuals residing in Northern and Central California and Nevada to submit artwork related to Japan (either in terms of its style and/or theme) to be displayed in our JICC Gallery. For more detail, please visit here.

Location 275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, California 94111
(for the directions, please click here)
Hours * JICC receiving window is temporarily closed in response to the current coronavirus situation in Northern California.
* General inquiries made via phone and email will still be accepted during normal office hours, as listed below
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. (Except Holidays)
TEL (415)780-6085
FAX (415)767-4202
E-mail japaninfo@sr.mofa.go.jp
(Please include your name, address and telephone number when you e-mail us because it is not always possible to respond by e-mail, depending on the nature of the inquiry.)
JICC provides various assistance, services and information to the public. Main services and assistance are as followings:


Assistance to Educators and Students

To promote education about Japan and the Japanese language, the JICC:

  • distributes currently available educational materials such as posters, fact sheets, and pamphlets on Japan
  • makes available a collection of catalogues of Japanese universities which offer programs for international students


Information on Grants, Fellowships, and Exchange Programs

Interested students can contact JICC for guidance in applying to the following:

  • the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho) scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students to study in Japan
  • Japan Foundation Japanese Language Study Tour (offered every other year)
  • the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program for college graduates


General Reference and Outreach Services

To foster familiarity with Japan and its culture, JICC conducts the following activities for the general public:

  • maintains a public space with current newspapers, periodicals & brochures about Japan
  • distributes press releases and maintains liaison with the media
  • assists organizations sponsoring programs on Japan
  • sends speakers to visit local schools through our School Visit Program
  • loans various Japanese cultural artifacts to schools, civic organizations, and other qualifying groups
  • responds to written, telephone, and in-person inquiries about Japan