About Us

RIKEN, a National Research and Development Institute, is Japan’s most comprehensive institute for the natural sciences, conducting cutting-edge research in a wide range of scientific fields. RIKEN Yokohama Campus was founded in 2000 as a hub for RIKEN’s life science research activities, and we have been trying to convey the possibilities in our research findings to the public and strengthen our relationship with the local community.

Partnering with the local community


Map of Facilities

  • Experimental Greenhouses
    (Central and East Research Buildings)
    High-sensitivity and high-accuracy comprehensive analysis of plant metabolites and hormones are carried out here.
  • Mass Spectrometry Equipment
    (Central and East Research Buildings)
    Arabidopsis and other plants for experimental use are cultivated in these state-of-the-art greenhouses.
  • Next-generation DNA Sequencer
    (South Research Building)
    Researchers here are developing high-accuracy genome-wide analysis methods using high-speed, low-cost sequencers that can read large volumes of DNA.
  • NMR Machines(West NMR Complex)
    Our various NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) devices are used to collect data on the distance between atoms in a protein sample, the data used to determine the three-dimensional structure of the protein through computer calculations.
  • Cryo-electron Microscope
    (Central NMR Complex)
    Researchers use this excellent electron microscope for observing biomolecules such as proteins. The rapid-freezing of samples preserves molecules’ spatial structures in a close-to-natural state.
  • SNP Typing Facility
    (East Research Building)
    Through the systematic analysis of single-base variations in DNA, our researchers are discovering genes associated with adult lifestyle-related diseases, etc.
  • RIKEN Kids Yokohama
    Our daycare center is part of RIKEN’s efforts to promote gender equality, provide onsite childcare support to employees and help RIKEN secure the best researchers domestically and internationally.
  • Yokohama City University
    (Graduate School of Medical Life Science)
    RIKEN researchers teach the university’s graduate students as part of our efforts to foster promissing young scientists.


  • Yokohama Campus [Administrative Division, Safety Center, etc.]
  • Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS)
  • Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR)
  • Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS)
  • Center for Computational Science (R-CCI)
  • Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters (R-IH)
  • Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Hub (RCSTI)


  • Year
  • 1998
    The Genomic Sciences Center opens
  • 2000
    RIKEN Yokohama Institute opens
    The Plant Science Center and the SNP Research Center open
  • 2001
    The Research Center for Allergy and Immunology opens
  • 2003
    RIKEN becomes an Independent Administrative Institute (previously a public corporation)
  • 2005
    The Center for Research Network for Infectious Diseases opens
  • 2008
    The Genomic Sciences Center is reorganized into the Omics Science Center, the Systems and
    Structural Biology Center, and the Bioinformatics and Systems Engineering Division.
    The SNP Research Center renamed as the Center for Genomic Medicine
  • 2010
    Name of the Center of Research Network for Infectious Diseases changes.
    RIKEN Yokohama Institute holds events to celebrate its 10th anniversary
  • 2013
    RIKEN Yokohama Institute becomes RIKEN Yokohama Branch
    The Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, the Center for Sustainable Resource Science
    and the Center for Life Science Technologies open, taking over from the relevant foregoing centers.
  • 2015
    RIKEN becomes a National Research and Development Institute
  • 2018
    The Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research opens, to succeed the Quantitative Biology Center, the Center for Developmental Biology, and the Center for Life Science Technologies
  • 2021
    The Center for Computational Science and the Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters open.

Procurement & Information Disclosure

Information on procurement opportunities on all RIKEN campuses in Japan.(in Japanese only)
RIKEN Procurement
Information Disclosure
Information on research ethics (in Japanese only).
RIKEN Yokohama Campus Ethics Committee

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