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Map of northern Japan and Hokkaido published by ITMB. This detailed map covers the area north of Tokyo Bay (including Hokkaido). Inset, map of Tokyo Bay and street plan of central Tokyo. Terrain mapping and index of cities included. Scale 1 : 700,000.
This map concentrates on the northern portion of Edo, the main island forming Japan, with the Shinkensen train lines shown separately from the regular train lines. Most visitors to Japan use the excellent JBC rail pass to explore the country, and cities such as Nagano or Nigata are only a few hours away from Tokyo. Further north, Aomori is the junction for trains serving the relatively remote west coast and the new Shinkensen line going under the Tsugaru Strait to Hokkaido, the longest undersea tunnel in the world.
The second side of the map concentrates upon the large island of Hokkaido, which is rather remote in Japanese thinking, but is very interesting. It is less populous than the rest of Japan, and is more ‘American’, thanks to the efforts of early efforts at modernizing Japan. Sapporo, as a city, could easily be mistaken for being a mis-placed North American city. Hakodate, at the southern end of the island, has an American fortress, circa US civil war era construction, and the eastern portion of the island is very close to the Kuril Islands, seized by Soviet Russia at the end of WW2 and never returned to Japan. The area around Kotan contains several hot springs, and there are numerous ski resorts in winter months; altogether, an interesting part of Japan.ISBN: 9781771293846