About the Paper Museum

The Paper Museum introduces the history, culture, and industry of paper from two perspectives: Washi which is Japanese traditional paper and Western-style paper which contributed to the economic growth of modern Japan. Looking after and displaying a collection of 40,000 items and 15,000 books, we are one of the world’s few comprehensive museums specializing in paper. The museum is sponsored by about 140 corporate supporters – mainly paper companies.

Mission Statement

“Trace the history of paper, learn from the present, and contemplate the future.”

The history of paper is age-old and it has contributed greatly to the advancement of mankind. Focusing on paper, we aim to help people trace the past, learn from the present, and contemplate the future. For that purpose, the Paper Museum collects, preserves, researches, and studies paper-related items, exhibits them, and offers various educational activities.