51 Fushimi51 Fushimi
The post town of Fushimi was born about 90 years after the others. This was a busy town with a port named Niimura on the Kiso River where rice paid as land tax was loaded on the barges, which would sail downstream to Inuyama or Kuwana. During the Edo period, there were rows of pine trees along the highway.
 

52 Ota52 Ota
Here the Hida Road and the Gujo Road branched off from the Kisokaido Highway. Being the seat of the magistrate's office of the fief of Owari, Ota prospered as the political and economic centre controlling the area from Ena to Unuma. The Kiso River converging with the Hida River here, the river became wider and the "Crossing at Ota" was counted as one of the hardest parts to pass on the highway.
 

53 Unuma-no-eki53 Unuma (Eisen)
From Ota, travellers went past the Iwaya Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) and the Utou Pass before entering the post town of Unuma. From the Kamakura period, this had been an important point of traffic connecting Mino with Owari. The existing castle of Inuyama has the oldest dungeon in Japan, which is designated as a national treasure.
 

54 Kano54 Kano
From Unuma to Kano, the road was flat. The distance between the stages was as long as 17 km. With the Castle of Kano, this post town was the sole castle town on the Mino leg of the Kisokaido Hiroshige painted a well-ordered feudal lord (daimyos) procession here.
 

55 Nagae River at Goudo55 Kodo (Eisen)
At Goudo, there was a ferry for crossing the Nagara River. The picture depicts a scene of cormorant bird fishing, which is famous even today. Eisen introduced brush touch into the print, imitating the style of Katsushika Hokusai. This is considered one of Eisen's masterpieces in the Kiso Highway Series.
 

56 Mieji56 Miyeji
The name of a temple became the name of this post town. The Mieji Temple is said to have been built to offer prayers for protection from the flooding of the three major rivers of Kiso, Nagara and Ibi. In this lyrical scene, a traveller is in conversation with a peasant, and sparrows are flying home in the dusk after sunset.
 

57 Akasaka57 Akasaka
Akasaka was a bustling post town as the diverging point of the Tanigumi Pilgrimage Road and as the port of Akasaka for river traffic on the Kuise. All-night lantern posts still remain along the river, which lighted the waterway at night. In the evening during the rainy season, people are said to have enjoyed the sight of Genji fireflies (Luciola cruciata) while sailing down the river in firefly-viewing boats.
 

58 Tarui58 Tarui
The Mino Road branched off here and led to Miya-shuku on the Tokaido Highway. Tarui grew in front of the Grand Shrine of Nangu, which was the most famous of the shrines in the province of Mino. A daimyo procession placed in the centre, the composition of this picture is symmetrical.
 

59 Sekigahara59 Sekigahara
Sekigahara was a major post town at the crossroads of the Kisokaido, Hokkoku and Ise Highways. The place name came from "Fuwa-no-seki" (Checking Station of Fuwa), one of the three most important checkpoints in old Japan, ranking with Arachi of Echizen province and Suzuka of Ise province. This is also the place where the famous Battle of Sekigahara was fought between the eastern and western armies in 1600.
 

60 Imasu60 Imasu
The signpost reads "Oumi-Mino Border" marking the border between the province of Oumi to the west and the province of Mino to the east. The sign "Nemonogatari-yurai" may have something to do with the popular "Mino Oumi Nemonogatari (Soft Nothings)" written by Jippensha Ikku (1775-1831).