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map symbol

Japanese map symbols

This is a list of symbols appearing on Japanese maps. These symbols are called in the Japanese language.

symbolmeaningillustrationsymbolmeaningillustration
City HallTown or Village Office
Court of lawFire station
Police stationKoban
Health centerPost Office
Meteorological observatoryDistrict Forest Office
Government or Municipal officeElementary school or Junior high school
High schoolJunior college
Technical collegeUniversity
MuseumLibrary
Shinto shrineBuddhist Temple
FactoryHospital
Japan Self-Defense Forcesoil well or gas well
Power plantNursing home
Japanese castleChimney
Crater or FumaroleRadio tower
High TowerNational monument
MonumentWindmill
LighthouseBroadleaf trees
Coniferous treesPalm trees
Bamboo groveSiberian Dwarf Pines
FieldPaddy field
OrchardTea plantation
Mulberry fieldOther Tree plantation
Barren land(Wasteland)Graveyard
MinePithead
QuarryOnsen
Important portLocal port
Fishing portferry
Other FerryBenchmark
Fixed GPS surveying point (Electronic triangulation point(電子基準点)Triangulation point (三角点)

Partial list of symbols for the visually impaired

Official symbols according to the conventions of the Geographical Survey Institute of Japan appear with a circle below.
Symbol GSI Description Unicode Meaning
Dot in upward-pointing triangle 25EC Base triangulation surveying point
Dot in upward-pointing triangle with flag Electronic triangulation point
Dot in square 22A1 Benchmark
White sun with rays 263C Factory
Kanji 6587 Elementary or junior high school
Kanji bun in a circle High school
Kanji bun with a smaller kanji 大 (for daigaku) in brackets on top University
Kanji bun with a smaller kanji 専 (for senmon gakkō) in brackets on top Technical college
Down tack (T-shape) with overbar in circle 3036 Post office
× Down tack (T-shape) with overbar 3012 Sub post office (not distribution centre)
Diagonal cross (saltire) in circle 2297 Police station
× Diagonal cross (saltire) 00D7 Koban (police box)
Greek cross in circle 2295 Public health centre
Greek cross in shield Hospital
Oval bullseye Prefectural Office
Bullseye 25CE City hall
Fisheye 25C9 Ward office
Circle 25CB Town hall
Manji (Sauwastika) 534D Buddhist temple
Up tack (inverted T-shape) 22A5 Cemetery
Oval with three vertical wavy lines 2668 Onsen (hot springs)
Therefore symbol 2234 Historical landmark
Small black upward-pointing triangle 25B4 Summit
ж Seal script kanji for tree 0436 Forestry station

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