New! 234 Images of Sugoroku Games Added
February 25, 2014

   142 Maps and Images Added
February 21, 2014

The Japanese Historical Map Collection contains about 2,300 early maps of Japan and the World. The collection was acquired by the University of California from the Mitsui family in 1949, and is housed on the Berkeley campus in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. Represented in this online collection are over 1,900 images of maps and books from this Collection. The maps were selected by Yuki Ishimatsu, former Head of Japanese Collections at the East Asian Library, and scanned and put online by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates. The project was initiated by Peter Zhou, Director of the East Asian Library. Funding and project management is provided by Cartography Associates and the East Asian Library.

The collection can be viewed in three ways - choose a link below:

LUNA Browser

New! LUNA 6.3 Browser. Works in IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari on all Windows and Mac operating systems. No download, use the link on the left to launch! Details

insightŪ Java Client

6.3 Insight Java Client. A viewer that requires one-time download Details

GIS Browser Selected content from the collection is available using a special GIS Browser that allows detailed overlays of historical maps and current geospatial data. Details

The LUNA Browser and Java client software are products of Luna Imaging, Inc.

If you have comments, suggestions, or need help, contact the East Asian Library at

The Japanese Historical Maps online images are copyrighted by the Regents of the University of California on behalf of the East Asian Library, 2005, all rights reserved. The images have been scanned and put online by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates. Images may not be reproduced without permission. Contact the East Asian Library at


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