20th station : 鞠子, 丸子 Mariko

Mariko-juku (鞠子宿 Mariko-juku) was the twentieth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in what is now part of Suruga Ward in Shizuoka City,. It can also be written as 丸子宿 (Mariko-juku).Mariko-juku was one of the smallest post stations on the Tōkaidō. Old row-houses from the Edo period can be found between…

19th station : 府中, 駿府 Fuchū

Fuchū-shuku (府中宿 Fuchū-shuku) was the nineteenth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in what is now part of the Aoi-ku area of Shizuoka Prefecture. The post station of Fuchū-shuku was also a castle town for Sunpu Castle in the former Suruga Province. A woman in a kago being carried across the…

18th station : 江尻 Ejiri

Ejiri-juku (江尻宿 Ejiri-juku?) was the eighteenth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is one of four former post stations located in what is now part of the Shimizu-ku area of Shizuoka Prefecture. It was 3.4 kilometers from Okitsu-juku, the preceding post station.Ejiri-juku was Ejiri Castle’s castle town. The castle was built in 1570,…

17th station : 興津 Okitsu

Okitsu-juku (興津宿 Okitsu-juku) was the seventeenth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in what is now part of the Shimizu-ku area of Shizuoka Prefecture,Okitsu-juku was established in 1601, just before the beginning of the Edo period. At its peak, there were approximately 316 buildings and 1,668 people. Among the buildings were…

16th station : 由井, 由比 Yui

Yui-shuku (由比宿 Yui-shuku) was the sixteenth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the Shimizu-ku area of Shizuoka Prefecture. At the Tōkaidō Yui-shuku Omoshiro Shukubakan, visitors can experience various aspects of life in the Edo period shukuba, ranging from schooling and lodging, to working and socializing.The area is known for its…

15th station : 蒲原 Kanbara

Kanbara-juku (蒲原宿 Kanbara-juku) was the fifteenth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in what is now part of the Shimizu-ku ward of Shizuoka prefecture. The original Kanbara-juku was decimated by a flood in the early part of the Edo period, but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. A mountain village at nightfall under…

14th station : 吉原 Yoshiwara

Yoshiwara-juku (吉原宿 Yoshiwara-juku) was the fourteenth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture.The Yoshiwara-juku Festival is held each year in October and November in Fuji, showing visitors the area’s history. The Yoshiwara-juku was originally located near the present-day Yoshiwara Station, on the modern Tōkaidō…

13th station : 原 Hara

Kyoka edition Hara-juku (原宿 Hara-juku?) was the thirteenth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture.Hara-juku was a smaller post town on the coast of Suruga Bay between Numazu-juku and Yoshiwara-juku in Suruga Province. It is the site of many paintings because of Mount Fuji…

12th station : 沼津 Numazu

Numazu-juku (沼津宿 Numazu-juku) was the twelfth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Numazu was the eastern-most post station within Suruga Province, and was the castle town of the daimyo of Numazu Domain. During its peak in the Edo period, Numazu-juku had over…

11th station : 三島 Mishima

Mishima-shuku (三島宿 Mishima-shuku) was the eleventh of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō during Edo period Japan. It is located in the present-day city of Mishima, in Shizuoka Prefecture. n Mishima-juku, there were two honjin and 74 other minor inns for travelers. Mishima was the only post station located within Izu Province. Mishima was the…

10th Station : 箱根 Hakone

Art by Ando Hiroshige, “Hakone passage”, Kyoka Edition Hakone-juku (箱根宿 Hakone-juku?) was the tenth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day town of Hakone in Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture. At an elevation of 725m, it is the highest post station on the entire Tōkaidō and was even difficult for…

9th Station : 小田原 Odawara

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…