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Map Tōkaidō bunken ezu 東海道分間絵図 / / Tōkaidō bunken emaki

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  • Tōkaidō bunken ezu

Other Title

  • 東海道分間絵図 /
  • Tōkaidō bunken emaki


  • "This pictorial map depicts the Tōkaidō Highroad which ran between the cities of Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. The original Tōkaidō Bunken Ezu (Scale map of the Tōkaidō) was drawn by woodblock artist Hishikawa Moronobu (circa 1618-94) in 1690, based on a survey of the road made in 1651. Various iterations of this map have circulated, including black and white prints and large scrolls meant to be spread out on a desk for armchair traveling. This version is painted with ink and watercolor on two smaller scrolls, suggesting it was intended as a practical guide for travelers. Distances are represented on an accurate scale, but directions vary depending on the area and are marked by compass squares. Included in the description are major cities, "stations" where worn-out travelers could rest or rent a horse, and advice on where boats were available. The map also notes places of interest, such as temples and shrines, scenic landscapes, and landmarks associated with historic events and local myths. Maps such as this were both practical tools for travelers and a reflection of commonly held views of geography, history, and mythical knowledge." World Digital Library.


  • Ochikochi Dōin, active 17th century.
  • Hishikawa, Moronobu, approximately 1618-approximately 1694.

Created / Published

  • [Japan : s.n., 17--?]


  • -  Roads--Japan--Kyōto Region--Maps
  • -  Roads--Japan--Tokai Region--Maps
  • -  Kyoto Region (Japan)--Maps
  • -  Tokai Region (Japan)--Maps
  • -  Japan--Kyōto Region
  • -  Japan--Tokyo Region


  • Early maps
  • Manuscript maps
  • Pictorial maps


  • -  "1-bu o motte 1-chō ni ateru."
  • -  Orientation varies.
  • -  Pen-and-ink and watercolor.
  • -  Pictorial map.
  • -  Relief shown pictorially.
  • -  Shows road between Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto.
  • -  Stamped on: Kantōkaku [?]; possibly owned by Matsudaira Yorihiro, 1703-1763.
  • -  Title from title piece mounted on scroll.
  • -  Worm holes in the map.
  • -  Not listed in Kokusho sōmokuroku and Kotenseki sōgō mokuroku; Kokusho sōmokuroku v. 6, p. 14 (Tōkaidō bunken ezu, 5-jō; variants: Tōkaidō kōmoku bunken no zu, Tōkaidō bunken no zu; auth. Ochikochi Dōin cho, Hishikawa Moronobu ga, Genroku 3 [1690] kan).
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.


  • 1 map on 2 sheets : ms., col., mounted on 2 scrolls ; 3,575 x 26 cm., sheets 1,722 x 26 cm. and 1,853 x 26 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • G7964.T7P2 17-- .T6


  • Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2002531180

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Ochikochi Dōin, Active 17Th Century, and Moronobu Hishikawa. Tōkaidō Bunken Ezu. [Japan: s.n., 17--?] Map.

APA citation style:

Ochikochi Dōin, A. 1. C. & Hishikawa, M. Tōkaidō Bunken Ezu. [Japan: s.n., 17--?] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Ochikochi Dōin, Active 17Th Century, and Moronobu Hishikawa. Tōkaidō Bunken Ezu. [Japan: s.n., 17--?] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.