Central Tokyo.


Date: ca. 1950
Place: Tokyo
Dimensions: 37 x 49 cm (14.5 x 19.25 in)
Condition Rating: VG+

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A post-WWII map of Tokyo and Japan.


This is a bright and colorful circa 1950 map of central Tokyo with an inset map of Marunouchi, including the main railway station. It represents the speed with which Japan became connected to the West following World War II. Place names are in English and the verso includes maps of air and ocean routes to Japan, many of which come from the United States.

A second map on the verso focuses on Japan’s national parks and rail connections between cities.

No mention of the war is made. In 1950, central Tokyo still bore marks of the extensive bombing it endured. Many areas were reduced to rubble, but one wouldn’t know this based on the map.

The Imperial Palace, with its iconic moats and walls, is prominently featured in the center of the map, surrounded by the Chiyoda ward. Major train stations like Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, and Shibuya Station are identifiable, serving as major transportation hubs even then.

Various districts and neighborhoods are labeled, such as the upscale Ginza, known for its shopping and entertainment; Asakusa with the historic Senso-ji temple; and the Ueno area, home to Ueno Park and its many museums.

The Sumida River runs along the right side of the map, flowing through Tokyo and emptying into Tokyo Bay. Many bridges cross it, facilitating transportation between the eastern and western parts of the city.


Japan Travel Bureau Toppan Printing Company

Toppan Printing Company is one of the largest printing houses in the world and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Founded in 1900, Toppan has a long history and has expanded its operations to various fields over the years.

Condition Description

Very good.