Purpose of HGVD

The Human Genetic Variation Database (HGVD) aims to provide a central resource to archive and display Japanese genetic variation and association between the variation and transcription level of genes. The database currently contains genetic variations determined by exome sequencing of 1,208 individuals and genotyping data of common variations obtained from a cohort of 3,248 individuals. The HGVD browser can be used to view allele and genotype frequencies, number of samples, coverages, and expression QTL (eQTL) significances.

The collaborating institutions for the HGVD are as follows:
  • KU        - Kyoto University
  • NCCHD - National Research Institute for Child Health and Development
  • TU        - Tohoku University
  • UT        - The University of Tokyo
  • YCU      - Yokohama City University

Acceptance of Terms

The access to HGVD is subject to the Terms of Service described on this page. Your use of HGVD constitutes your agreement to these terms and conditions.

Data Usage

We request that any use of data obtained from HGVD be cited in publications.


K. Higasa et al. "Human genetic variation database, a reference database of genetic variations in the Japanese population" J Hum Genet 61:547-553, 2016, doi: 10.1038/jhg.2016.12 link

M. Narahara et al. "Large-Scale East-Asian eQTL Mapping Reveals Novel Candidate Genes for LD Mapping and the Genomic Landscape of Transcriptional Effects of Sequence Variants" PLOS ONE, 2014, 9(6):e100924 link

Acknowledgment for Publication

This work was supported by the Research Grant (201238002A) for Intractable Diseases from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

Public Data Release

The current data release is taken from 1,208 samples of exome sequencing data. Five centers applied different combinations of exome capture and sequencing platforms on a subset of samples. The sequences obtained from the individuals were aligned to the reference genome (NCBI Build 37) using the Burrows-Wheeler Aligner or Novoalign (data from YCU). Downstream analyses such as the removal of potential PCR duplicates, recalibration of base quality values, local realignment and variation call were processed using Samtools, Picard, and GATK.

Terms of Service

This website is designed to disseminate exome sequencing data of the Japanese population generated through the collaborative effort. The data are provided free-of-charge, but please comply with the permission statement below. This site may also include links to other websites or databases, but we have no control over the nature or content of those sites and accept no responsibility for them.

Privacy Policy

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This website and all information or data accessed thereby is provided on an "AS IS" basis without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Articles/publications linked to or included in this website are the opinion of the author only, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of HGVD or its clients. Although HGVD strives for all contents of this webpage to be accurate, complete and up-to-date, HGVD makes no warranty or guarantee of this. All material contained in this website, including information, images, text, documents, graphics, products, icons, logos, and screens, is owned or licensed by HGVD unless indicated otherwise. HGVD makes no guarantee or warranty regarding the frequency or continuity of publication of articles, and specifically disclaims any liability resulting from reliance on such articles/publications.

Commercial Use of HGVD

If you intend to access and use HGVD and the Documentation for commercial purposes, including for commercial research and development work, the development and submission of information under a law which regulates the manufacture, use, or sale of drugs, which for the avoidance of doubt, includes pre-clinical testing and clinical trials, and the commercial manufacture for sale, marketing, distribution, sale, or offer for sale of products that were developed using and/or approved in view of data obtained from HGVD, please contact GenoConcierge Kyoto, Inc. (hgvd@gckyoto.com) and obtain Commercial License in advance of your Commercial Use.


The contents of HGVD are intended for educational or research purposes. We place no restrictions on the use of the data available from HGVD. You can download or copy the content and other downloadable items displayed on the website. To use the data, please follow the citation format given above.