Art by Ando Hiroshige “Odawara-juku”, Kyoka Edition
Odawara-juku (小田原宿 Odawara-juku?) was the ninth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture. It was the first post station in a castle town that travelers came to when they exited Edo in Edo period Japan.Odawara-juku was established between the mountains of Hakone and Sagami Bay, near Odawara Castle.Located near the banks of the Sakawa River, Odawara-juku was a famous post station. It is said to hold the remains of Lady Kasuga.
Art by Ando Hiroshige, “Crossing the Sakawa river at a ford”, Hoeido Edition
A daimyo’s cortège being carried across the River Sakawa; the background a mass of high, jagged hills, the most distant printed from colour-blocks only. This station flourished in its position at the entrance to Hakone pass, the most arduous part of the highway.