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Resources: Maps Related to Japan

This page features digitised collections of historical maps related to Japan that are available in the public domain.

Cortazzi Map Collection

Held by the Lisa Sainsbury Library at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (UK), this collection incorporates over 70 historical maps related to Japan.

Cortazzi Collection overview
Cortazzi Collection search (thumbnails can be viewed via the ‘閲覧’ (‘browse’) button at the bottom of the page)
Digital exhibition, JAPAN: Historical Images from the Cortazzi Collection

Harold S. Williams Map Collection

Housed at the National Library of Australia, this collection includes approximately 50 digitised maps and other visual materials dating from 1876 to 1967. Kobe is heavily featured, and many of the materials were produced for tourists to Japan. 

Harold S. Williams Map Collection overview
Collection Guide
Browse Collection (items can be viewed in the order listed in the Collection Guide)

‘Japan and the World on Maps’ Collection

Part of the Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive, this collection features over 100 historic maps, ranging from charts of individual provinces in Japan to early world maps. Catalogue entries are mostly in Japanese, however the catalogue categories themselves are in English.

Japan and the World on Maps

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Image: Nikko oyama no ezu [detail], map, Cortazzi Collection, Sainsbury Institute (Source

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