Great Map of Japan


This map of Japan is a replica of a map that was first published in 1779 by Nagakubo Sekisui (1717–1801), the first of its kind to include latitude and longitude lines. The measurements allowed for a more accurate geographic representation than previous ornate pictorial maps. It was a commercial success and was reprinted and imitated numerous times into the Meiji era (1868–1912). This map includes major points of interest on the margins, including temples and shrines, old castles, and scenic landscapes. It also notes major thoroughfares and distances of sea routes, as well as a table of gun (districts) on the lower right. Five insets depict Japan’s various island groups.

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Keikikaku, Tokyo, Japan


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1 map : color ; 50 x 73 centimeters folded in cover 18 x 10 centimeters.


  • Scale ca. 1:2,500,000.

Last updated: October 16, 2012