You can find on this page the old map of Japan to print and to download in PDF. The ancient Japan map presents the past and evolutions of the country Japan in Asia.
A Paleolithic culture around 30,000 BC constitutes the first known habitation of the old Japanese archipelago. This was followed from around 14,000 BC (the start of the Jōmon period as its shown in the old map of Japan) by a Mesolithic to Neolithic semi-sedentary hunter-gatherer culture, who include ancestors of both the contemporary Ainu people and Yamato people, characterized by pit dwelling and rudimentary agriculture.

Ancient Japan map

Historical map of Japan

The ancient map of Japan shows evolutions of Japan. This historical map of Japan will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of Japan in Asia. The Japan ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

About 8,000 BC the ancient Japanese learned to make pottery. The period from 8,000 BC to 300 BC is called the Jomon. The word Jomon means 'cord marked' because those people marked their pottery by wrapping a cord around it. The Jomon people as its mentioned in the ancient Japan map lived by hunting, fishing and collecting shellfish. The Jomon made tools of stone, wood, and bone. They also made clay figurines of people and animals called dogu.

Ancient Japan has made unique contributions to world culture which include the Shinto religion and its architecture, distinctive art objects such as haniwa figurines, the oldest pottery vessels in the world, the largest wooden buildings anywhere at their time of construction, and many literary classics including the world first novel as youcan see in the ancient Japan map. Between 300 BC and 300 AD a new era began in Japan. At that time the Japanese learned to grow rice. They also learned to make tools of bronze and iron. The Japanese also learned to weave cloth.

The Yayoi period was followed by the Kofun (from 300 AD to 710 AD). At this time ancient Japan gradually became united. The rich and powerful men of the era were buried in vast tombs called Kofun as its shown in the ancient Japan map. Clay figures called haniwa were placed around the tombs to guard them. At that time Japan was heavily influenced by China. About 400 AD writing was introduced into Japan from China. The Japanese also learned to make paper from the Chinese. They also learned to make porcelain, silk, and lacquer. The Japanese also learned to plan cities in the Chinese way.