About the JICC

The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) is a part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. The JICC's goal is to promote better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of information and events to the American public.

The JICC publishes Japan Now, the official newsletter of the Embassy of Japan.

The area we serve includes Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Other Japanese Consulates provide services in their own jurisdictions.

We are located on the ground floor of 1150 18th St. in downtown Washington, D.C. Visitors to our center will enjoy the modern Japanese ambiance and the many events held in our facilities, which include a 130-seat auditorium.

The JICC has limited information on such areas as tourism, business and study in Japan. For further Japan travel information, please also visit the Japan National Tourism Organization.

Visa information can be obtained by contacting the Consular Section of the Embassy of Japan at (202) 238-6800, or by visiting their visa page.

For business information on Japan, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) facilitates trade and investment relations between Japan and other nations.

Please refer to our Japan Info and Links section for more information on the above topics and other areas of interest related to Japan.

Hours & Holidays

The JICC is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Please refer to the Exhibit and Events pages for specific dates and times.

We are closed in observance of certain U.S. and Japanese federal holidays:

January 1 New Year's Day (Japan and U.S.)
January 2 New Year's (Japan)
January 3 New Year's (Japan)
January 20 Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (U.S.)
February 17 Washington's Birthday (U.S.)
March 21 Vernal Equinox Day (Japan)
April 18 Good Friday (U.S.)
May 26 Memorial Day (U.S.)
July 4 Independence Day (U.S.)
September 1 Labor Day (U.S.)
October 13 Columbus Day (U.S.)
November 11 Veteran's Day (U.S.)
November 27 Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
November 28 Thanksgiving (U.S.)
December 24 Christmas Eve (Japan and U.S.)
December 25 Christmas (Japan and U.S.)
December 29 Year-End Holiday (Japan)
December 30 Year-End Holiday (Japan)
December 31 Year-End Holiday (Japan)

Contact Us

1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036-3838
Tel: 202-238-6900 | Fax: 202-822-6524

If you reside outside of the DC Metro area please refer to your nearest Consulate-General of Japan.

For all Visa and Consular inquiries, please refer to the Embassy's visa page, or call them at 202-238-6800.

Transportation & Parking


You can plan your Metro route using the Metro Trip Planner. We are located near Farragut North on the Red line and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue lines.

Parking: There is after-business-hours street parking along 18th St NW and the surrounding area. There are also multiple parking garages on 18th Street NW and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, we are unable to validate these tickets.