ITM Kyoto & West-Japan - 1:12.500 / 1:670.000
Als er voor een land of streek helemaal geen kaart meer te vinden is om te fietsen dan hebben we gelukkig altijd nog de ITM-kaarten (International Travel Map). De schaal lijkt voor de fietser te grof, er kan echter goed mee gefietst worden. Meer wegen dan op de kaart staan zijn er meestal gewoonweg niet, zelfs de dirt-roads zijn meestal nog terug te vinden. Veel kaarten zijn inmiddels waterbestendig. Hoogte wordt aangegeven middels kleurvlakken.
Over de kaart van Kyoto & West-Japan
In times where an increasing number of countries become dangerous to visit, Japan shines as a beacon of peaceful stability. This map has two focuses. Kyoto is obviously a very important city to the Japanese, due to its many temples and historic wooden houses, and this map clearly shows everything of touristic interest, including a detailed inset map of nearby Nara. This edition includes a new feature highlighting the main touristic attractions. As a point of trivia, one should count the number of railway tracks shown west of the main railway station. Even the storage lines are shown, and there are the correct number. That shows just how accurately detailed this map is! The other side is just as important. It portrays the western half of the main island of Honshu, from Nagoya to Hiroshima and is the second-most visited portion of Japan. All the motorways and towns are shown, but more importantly, all the rail line. Japan has, arguably, the world's best rail system, and a marvelous rail pass for visitors that makes travel easy. The Shinkensen fast trains whisk one from Tokyo to just about anywhere so quickly that one doesn't appreciate the technology behind such speeds. Regardless, a map concentrating on Osaka, Kyoto. Matsuyama, and points between, at a far better scale than would be possible on a map of the entire country, is an asset of value to any traveller.