Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Beauty in Japan's Historical Maps

Japanese map geeks it's time to get your nerd on. Past and Present Map lets you compare some beautiful historical maps of Tokyo to the slightly less prosaic modern Google Maps.

The application lets you explore ten historical maps ranging in date from 1896 to 2005. The dual map control places the historical map side-by-side with a Google Map. Pan and zoom the historical map and the Google Map will also move to ensure that both maps are always showing the same view.

It is also possible to compare the historical map to Google Maps satellite view. And it doesn't stop there - you can also select to compare the historical map with some historical aerial imagery or with any of the other historical maps in the Past and Present Map.

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