Kasuga - Japanese Temple Complex
So Nara Park is a park in Nara Japan controlled my a group of deer yakuza. If you can make it past them, there area is filled with tons of temples and shrines. My goal was to map out part of the Kasuga-taisha shrine area on the east side of the park area. To that extent, I used google maps to measure the distance between buildings as well as the size of the buildings. I then proceeded to make the buildings. To match the appropriate size, I had to reduce the size of the symbols in most cases. I then tried to make the road areas as accurate as possible.
Anyway, I think reducing the symbols for accuracy was a mistake (although things would not have fit if I had not so maybe I should have double the map size, but then maybe things would still look too small.)
Another issue I ran into is that with the top down design and lack of symbols to use, I really could not make the insides look interesting. There needs to be stone walls, stone post things, koi flags, shi-shi dogs, orange wooden fences, moss, etc. But with the top down, none of that would show (such as buildings that consist of tori gate paths can't show because of the roof.
So I abandoned interior accuracy for trying to make the map look interesting. For example, there is now a small lake and river. I made some rocks to mix in with the sand. I used a lot of plants. I changed up a few of the sheet effects. Overall, I think that trying to do less accurate maps and mixing in other styles will be necessary to make the map more interesting. Perhaps just focusing in on a detailed single complex would help.
Here is the map I made.