Last updated on May 6, 2012

There are two kinds of recommended maps, "ROAD ATLAS JAPAN" and "TOURING MAPPLE". I recommend you to have both of them.


roadaj.jpgPublished by Shobunsha Publications,Inc.

Scale: 1:250,000

Price: 3,000 yen
(Apr. 30, 2005)

It is written in both western alphabets and Japanese.
But it has few informations of campsite, youth hostels, etc., not like "TOURING MAPPLE" (see below).
Cover Area -All over Japan
Sample image of "ROAD ATLAS JAPAN"


Published by Shobunsha Publications,Inc

Scale: 1:140,000
(Only the one for Hokkaido is 1:200,000)

Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm

Price: 1,680 yen (for one MAPPLE)
(May 23, 2010)
These are best road maps for cycle touring.
They consist of 7 volumes by region. They have useful information of graphical icons; campsites, youth hostels, accommodations, public bath, view points, convenience store, etc.(see below). Of course they have distances, contour lines, etc.. They update information in every year. So texts are written only in Japanese (Major cities are written in English), but the information of the icons in the map are worth for having.
If you can read Japanese, you don't have to have "ROAD ATLAS JAPAN".
Cover Area
The borders of this cover area map are very rough. Each mapple's cover area overlaps each other.
Sample image of "TOURING MAPPLE"
tm_img01.jpg Recommended Accommodation tm_img04.jpg Accommodation with Spa
tm_img02.jpg Youth Hostel tm_img05.jpg Pablic Bath
tm_img03.jpg Campsite tm_img06.jpg Healthy Land: "Kenko Rando"
tm_img07.jpg Tea Shop tm_img17.jpg closing in winter (road)
tm_img08.jpg Restaurant, Diner tm_img14.jpg Road Station:
 "Michi no Eki"
Fast Food Shop Convenience Store
tm_img10.jpg McDonald's
tm_img11.jpg MOS BURGER
tm_img12.jpg Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
tm_img13.jpg others
tm_img09.jpg a variety of stores
tm_img27.jpg fall tm_img21.jpg Historic Road
tm_img26.jpg famous mineral water tm_img20.jpg a good view road
tm_img15.jpg a sea bathing place tm_img19.jpg an avenue
tm_img16.jpg a skiing ground
sightseeing point, road, etc.
tm_img25.jpg the sight of cherry blossoms
tm_img24.jpg the sight of flower
tm_img23.jpg the sight of red leaves
tm_img22.jpg a view point

How to buy "TOURING MAPPLE" in your home.


You can buy "TOURING MAPPLE" in your home by They provide services mainly in Japanese, but also provide English pages for ordering and accept a international shipping from Japan. If you want to use, follow these steps;

Step 1
Choose the TOURING MAPPLE you want to buy from below, and click them. Then you see Amazon's corresponding page in a new window.
"TOURING MAPPLE 1 -Hokkaido" tm_img30.jpg
(It covers Hokkaido)
(It covers Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Miyagi, Yamagata, Fukushima and north part of Niigata)
"TOURING MAPPLE 3 - Kanto-Koshinetsu" tm_img32.jpg
(It covers south part of Niigata, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Nagano, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Yamanashi, Kanagawa and Shizuoka )
"TOURING MAPPLE 4 - Chubu, Hokuriku" tm_img33.jpg
(It covers south part of Nigata, Nagano, Ishikawa, Toyama, Gifu, Aichi, Yamanashi, Fukui, Shiga, west part of Kyoto, north part of Wakayama, north part of Mie, north part of Nara, Osaka)
"TOURING MAPPLE 5 - Kansai" tm_img34.jpg
(It covers south part of Ishikawa, west part of Gifu, west part of Aichi, Fukui, Shiga, Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto,Osaka, Hyougo, Tottori, Okayama, and Kagawa)
"TOURING MAPPLE 6 - Chugoku, Shikoku" tm_img35.jpg
(It covers south part of Hyougo, south part of Kyoto, Osaka, Tottori, Okayama, Shimane, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Tokushima, Ehime and Kouchi)
"TOURING MAPPLE 7 - Kyushu, Okinawa" tm_img36.jpg
(It covers Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Okinawa)
Step 2
Check the title of a MAPPLE.
Then, click "Display in English"


Step 3
Buttons in English appear.
Click it, then English ordering transaction will beginning. Go on through procedure.




Google Maps

It provides a internet map of Japan and "get directions" service.
(The letters in the map are Japanese)
Windows Live Local Windows Live Local

It provides a internet map of Japan and "get directions" service.
(The letters in the map are Japanese)