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VR program ”Map of Japan created by Ino Tadataka"

Accurate and beautiful maps of Japan produced in the 19th century
Shape of Japan that has been traced step by step
In the Edo period, Tadataka Ino surveyed Japan over a period of 17 years from the age of 56, and for the first time completed a map of Japan that had been made by taking actual measurements.
In order to accurately measure distances, it is said that he trained himself to always walk with the same stride. The map he produced was so refined that it compares favorably to current satellite photos.
Furthermore, he drew his map beautifully like a painting, describing details down to the terrain of the mountains and coastline and the landscape of the highways.
How did Tadataka and his team create this elaborate map?
We will use virtual reality to uncover the mystery that surrounds Tadataka Ino’s map of Japan, examining a wide range of aspects from the features of his work to his actual surveying method.

* English audio guide available (Free)


April 25, 2018 (Wed) - July 1, 2018 (Sun)   (Every Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun,Holiday)
(Wed, Thu, Fri): 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
(Sat, Sun, Holiday): 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
*Admission starts 5minites prior to screening. You may not enter mid-way through the program.
Asian Gallery (Toyokan)-TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater
Supervision of
Tokyo National Museum
Production of
Toppan Printing Co.,Ltd.
Running time
about 35 min.
High school students and above: 500yen
*University students and above require a museum admission ticket.
Elementary and junior high school students: 300yen
Pre-school children / Persons with disability and one person accompanying them: Free

Regular Exhibition Set Ticket
*Sold only at the front entrance ticket counter
Adults: 1000yen
University students: 800yen
Ticket purchase
At the front entrance ticket counter or at the front of the theater
*Admission at the front entrance ticket counter ends 15 minutes prior to screening.
Admission at the front of the theater ends at screening time.
03-5777-8600(Hello Dial)

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