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 7.2 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 East Asian Library supports research, teaching, and scholarship, and encourages open and unrestricted use of the digital files from the Japanese Historical Maps collection. The Library does not claim to hold copyright in these Japanese Historical Maps, and does not require users to seek permission to publish or distribute materials deemed to be in the public domain. These maps were scanned by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates. EAL suggests that citations to these maps include the following information: [Identification of the item], C. V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley. Contact the East Asian Library at


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