Contact Us

T: (02) 8239 0055

Our Location

Level 4 (via lifts)
Central Park
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008

Postal Address

Mail Box 76, Central Park
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am – 5pm

Mon - Fri: 10am – 6pm
Selected Sat*: 10am – 3pm
(April 1, 22)


Mon - Fri: 10am – 6pm
Select Sat (April 22, 29): 10am – 1pm

*Note: Our gallery is only open during exhibitions.


We will be closed on Australian and selected* Japanese public holidays in 2017. Please check the calendar.

April 14 - Good Friday
April 17 - Easter Monday
April 25 - ANZAC Day
May 3 - *Constitution Memorial Day
June 12 - Queen’s Birthday
August 11 - *Mountain Day
October 2 - Labour Day
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Boxing Day
December 29 - *Year-end Holiday

Car Park and Access

Paid parking is available at Wilson Parking Market City, 2 Quay Street, Haymarket.

For parking rates and details, click here

For deliveries, use the Central Park loading dock. Enter via Carlton Street Ramp and drive straight for the West Dock.

Public Transport

Our closest train station, Central Station, is a 10-minute walk.

Visitors by bus can alight at Railway Square, a 5-minute walk from us.


Tadoku Reading Nights

Nihongo Tadoku – Reading Nights at the Library

Want to read Japanese books besides your textbook? Having trouble finding something entertaining that is also at your current reading skill?

Our reading nights are just the starting point you need. Enjoy fun, engaging material for quiet, self reading. All books are graded for difficulty. At the conclusion, there is also a short period for discussion with peers.


  • Can read Hiragana and Katakana
  • Best suited for Japanese learners from elementary to upper-intermediate level reading ability
  • 18 years and older

If you are a Japanese-language teacher at a high school and would like your students to experience Tadoku, we offer a Tadoku session at our Centre Visit for Schools program.


What is the Tadoku Method?

Known as ‘extensive reading’, the aim in Tadoku is to accumulate many enjoyable reading experiences over a short amount of time while only utilising existing language knowledge. Under the Tadoku method, you are discouraged from choosing difficult texts that includes frequent new grammar and vocabulary. You need to follow these four rules in order to maximise benefit from Tadoku.

  1. Choose an easy level to start.
  2. Do not use a dictionary.
  3. Skip words and phrases you do not understand.
  4. Too difficult or uninteresting content? Read a different book.


In our reading nights, the library provides books from the collection that are graded into six levels. Level 0 is the easiest level and is suitable for beginner learners who have just reached the point of being able to read Hiragana and Katakana. Levels 4 and 5 are for more advanced learners who are on the verge of reading an authentic Japanese book and therefore these levels contain some titles written for the general Japanese population such as manga and bestselling literature.


Twice monthly: 6pm – 8pm
19 April (Wed)
9 May (Tue)
22 May (Mon)
6 June (Tue)
21 June (Wed)

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008

Admission is free. RSVPs essential.
You may participate in any or all sessions


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