Maps in Tokyo

10 years ago by in Japan Archives

One of the interesting experience exploring streets of Tokyo is getting lost, and then find your way back with the signboard maps scattering around the town.

Usually these maps are placed at train stations, near the entrance/exit. The maps are labeled with places of interests, transportations, local municipals, public services like police kiosk (koban), local parks and even public toilets.
Simple, practical and very useful for anyone to find out where they are heading.

Other than helping people to get to the destinations, it’s also very useful to serve as a "GPS" to mark down where the person is. For most cases where you’re standing is pinpointed at the centre of the map as a red spot.

At Omotesando (表参道), heading towards Meiji Jingu (明治神宮).

Located at Yurakucho (有楽町), in between the Imperial Palace and Ginza.

Well the 2 examples above are map signboards made by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Here’re some other examples.

Tokyo University Komaba campus (東京大学駒場キャンパス), where I sit for the EJU exam last Nov.

Detailed map of the Imperial Palace surroundings.

Maps are also shown at gardens and parks.
At Asukayama Park, Oiji (王子飛鳥山公園).

Besides the landmarks this map suggested the ideal jogging trail as well. Taken at Arakawa Nature Park (荒川自然公園).

Yushima Seido (湯島聖堂) near Ochanomizu. Comes with the landmark’s details and descriptions.

Toneri Park, Adachi-ku (足立区舎人公園).

Roppongi Hills.