About the Headquarters Complex

  • Q.1

    What facilities can be found at the Headquarter Complex?

    Answer

    The Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu, Soka Bunka (Culture) Center, Soka Visitors Center, Shinano Peace Center, Soka Visitor’s Center, Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu Front Courtyard, World Seikyo Center (Exhibition Hall, Library and Reference Room) and Min-On Culture Center. For further information on these facilities, please click on the arrow.
  • Q.2

    Where can I learn more about these facilities?

    Answer

    Information counters are located at the Soka Visitor’s Center, Soka Bunka (Culture) Center, Soka Visitors Center and Shinano Peace Center.
  • Q.3

    What are the opening and closing hours of the Complex facilities?

    Answer

    You can find when a facility is open or closed by scrolling down to “Today’s Operating Hours” on this site’s Top Page. Or you can click on “Facilities” in the Menu bar at the top of the Top Page, scroll down to the facility you want to visit and click on it to see its opening hours. For more information, click on this link.
  • Q.4

    Are there certain days when a facility is closed?

    Answer

    Yes. Please scroll down to the “Calendar” near the bottom of this site’s Top Page. Or you can click on “Facilities” in the Menu bar at the top of the Top Page, scroll down to the facility you are looking for and click on it to see if it is closed on the day of your visit.
    For more information, click on this arrow.
  • Q.5

    Can I take still photographs and/or video footage inside a Complex facility?

    Answer

    The taking of still photographs is only permitted at the following designated locations: Soka Bunka (Culture) Center 1F/2F and Soka Visitor’s Center 2F-4F. Video photography is not permitted at any facility, with the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu Front Courtyard being the only area at which still and video photographs are allowed. Please note that a commemorative photography area has been established on the 2F of the Soka Bunka (Culture) Center.
  • Q.6

    When are the gongyo sessions held at the Shinano Peace Center?

    Answer

    The sessions are held four times a day, at 11:00, 12:30, 15:00 and 17:00.
    However, the number of sessions and their times are subject to change, depending on attendance and the holding of commemorative events.
  • Q.7

    Can I wait in front of a facility that I want to visit before it opens?

    Answer

    Unfortunately, loitering is not permitted. We strongly suggest that you ascertain the opening hours of a facility you want to visit in advance and time it accordingly.
  • Q.8

    At what age does a person need an admission ticket to take part in the gongyo session held at the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu?

    Answer

    For members (Japanese and foreign) belonging to the organization in Japan, every child in elementary school or older must request an admission ticket through his or her local Japanese organization. Every SGI member must have an admission ticket.
  • Q.9

    Where can I get an admission ticket?

    Answer

    For members (Japanese and foreign) belonging to the organization in Japan, admission tickets to the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu are distributed by the local Japanese organization.

    For members belonging to organizations outside of Japan (SGI members), the following terms must be met in order to participate in the gongyo session at the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu:
    ・Please bring the original Letter of Introduction issued by the SGI organization in your country or territory. Every participant must submit an individual Letter of Introduction.
    ・Please attend the orientation at the SGI Headquarters on the day you wish to participate in the gongyo session in order to receive your admission ticket. (Reservations cannot be made in advance).
  • Q.10

    Can I get another ticket if I were to miss the time and date of the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu gongyo session as stipulated on the admission ticket originally assigned to me?

    Answer

    Replacement tickets will NOT be issued.
  • Q.11

    Can I re-enter the Hall after exiting it?

    Answer

    Reentering the Hall is NOT permitted.

Transportation and Access

  • Q.1

    What is the nearest railway station to the Headquarters Complex?

    Answer

    The nearest, most convenient train station is Shinanomachi Station on the JR Sobu Line (3-minute walk to the Complex). You can also use the Toei Oedo Subway Line and get off at Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station, using the A1 Exit (7-minute walk). The third option is the Marunouchi Subway Line, getting off at Yotsuya Sanchome Station, using Exit #3 (12-minute walk).

    If you are taking part in the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu gongyo session, however, please click on the link below for the relevant steps to take in advance. Should this be the case, please get off at Yotsuya Sanchome Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line.
  • Q.2

    If I visit by car, is parking available?

    Answer

    While the Complex does not provide for parking, there are a number of pay-to-use public parking facilities in the area.
  • Q.3

    Is there a taxi stand nearby?

    Answer

    Yes, the closest taxi stand is at the JR Shinanomachi Station.
  • Q.4

    If I come by bicycle, can I park it at the Complex grounds?

    Answer

    While the Complex lacks bicycle park facilities, pay-to-use public facilities are available.

Snacks/Meals and Rest Areas

  • Q.1

    Where can I find a rest area?

    Answer

    Rest areas are available at the Soka Visitors' Center 2F-4F, Soka Bunka (Culture) Center 2F Lounge, Soka Visitors Center 1F Lobby, Shinano Peace Center 1F Lounge and the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu Front Courtyard, among others. For further details, please click on the arrow.
  • Q.2

    Are there dining facilities at the Complex?

    Answer

    Soka Visitor’s Center 2F-4F and Shinano Peace Center 1F Lounge have rest areas at which visitors can eat and drink.
  • Q.3

    Is there anywhere that I can purchase a meal onsite?

    Answer

    Visitors can purchase light snacks at vending machines installed at the Soka Visitor’s Center 2F-4F.

Barrier-Free Facilities and Services

  • Q.1

    Is it possible to borrow a wheelchair?

    Answer

    A wheelchair is available free of charge at every Complex facility.
  • Q.2

    Do I need to make a reservation in advance to use a wheelchair?

    Answer

    No reservation is necessary. Please ask the nearest staff member for assistance.
  • Q.3

    Can I use the wheelchair outside the Complex facility that I borrow it from?

    Answer

    Our wheelchairs are strictly for use at the Complex facility from which it is borrowed.
  • Q.4

    Are there restroom facilities available for wheelchair users?

    Answer

    Every Complex facility offers such restrooms.
  • Q.5

    Are there restroom facilities available for ostomates?

    Answer

    Ostomate toilets are provided at the Soka Visitor’s Center 1F, Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu 1F, Soka Bunka (Culture) Center 1F, Shinano Peace Center 1F and World Seikyo Center 1F.
  • Q.6

    Are service animals permitted to enter a Complex facility?

    Answer

    Yes, a service animal is allowed when accompanied by its owner.

Visitors and Their Children

  • Q.1

    Is it possible to borrow a stroller?

    Answer

    Baby carriages are provided free of charge at the Soka Visitor’s Center, Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu, Soka Bunka (Culture) Center and Soka Visitors Center.
  • Q.2

    Are there rest areas that I can use with my children?

    Answer

    A "Kids Room" is available at the Soka Bunka (Culture) Center 2F. Tables with children's seats are also provided at the Soka Visitor’s Center 2F-3F.
  • Q.3

    Are there private facilities where I can nurse my child or change his or her diapers?

    Answer

    Such areas have been established at the Soka Visitor’s Center, Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu, Soka Bunka (Culture) Center, Soka Visitors Center, Shinano Peace Center and World Seikyo Center. If you require further information, please feel free to call on the nearest available Soka Gakkai staff member.
  • Q.4

    Do they have heated water to make powdered milk?

    Answer

    Hot/cold/tea water dispensers are installed at every facility. In addition, special units dispensing hot water (80 degrees Centigrade/176 degrees Fahrenheit) to make powdered milk are provided at the Soka Bunka (Culture) Center 2F "Kids Room," Soka Visitor’s Center 3F and World Seikyo Center 1F Library and Reference Room.

Other Systems and Services

  • Q.1

    Where can I recharge my batteries for my camera, video camera and/or cellphone?

    Answer

    Recharge areas are available at the Soka Visitor’s Center 2F-3F. You can also recharge your cell- and smartphones (Android and iOS) at the nearby Kongodo 2F free of charge.
  • Q.2

    Does the Complex have Wi-Fi?

    Answer

    Unfortunately, the Complex does not offer Wi-Fi service.
  • Q.3

    Is there a public telephone on the premises?

    Answer

    You can find a public telephone on the 1F of the Soka Bunka (Culture) Center, 1F of the Shinano Peace Center and 1F of the Soka Gakkai Visitors Center. If you are unsure, please ask the nearest staff member for assistance.
  • Q.4

    Do you have a fax that visitors can use?

    Answer

    Regrettably, no. Facsimile machines are not available.
  • Q.5

    Do you have coin-operated lockers onsite?

    Answer

    We do not. But such lockers are publicly available at JR Shinanomachi Station.
  • Q.6

    Do you provide a cloak and luggage service?

    Answer

    Unfortunately, we do not.
  • Q.7

    Is there a smoking area on the Complex grounds?

    Answer

    Smoking is prohibited throughout the Complex. While there is a smoking area next to JR Shinanomachi Station, a Shinjuku Ward ordinance bars public smoking.
  • Q.8

    Where can I buy a copy of the Seikyo Shimbun newspaper?

    Answer

    The Seikyo Shimbun is sold only by subscription. Visitors can read the newspaper at the Soka Visitor’s Center and Shinano Peace Center.
  • Q.9

    Can I bring my pet into a Complex facility?

    Answer

    Pets are not allowed in any of our facilities.

In Case of Emergency

  • Q.1

    Where should I go if I have lost or misplaced something valuable?

    Answer

    Please see a staff member at any Complex facility or go to its information counter.
    If you speak Japanese, please call 03-3353-7111 for assistance (open weekdays from 9 am to 5:30 pm).
  • Q.2

    Who should I contact if I am feeling ill?

    Answer

    Please see a staff member at any Complex facility.
  • Q.3

    Is there a First-Aid Office?

    Answer

    A First-Aid Office is located at every Complex facility. Please contact a staff member there.
  • Q.4

    Are AEDs (automated external defibrillators) available?

    Answer

    AEDs are installed at every Complex facility.

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