A high peak, round the base of which, through a gorge, a daimyo's
cortège is wending it's way; on the left the Hakone Lake, with Fuji in
The Hakone pass was the most arduous stretch of the entire Tokaido Highway.
It was steep and difficult to climb, and harboured many roaming bandits.
However, the pass abounded in scenic spots and hot spring resorts and
continues to attact many visitors.
Travellers setting forth in the mists of early morning, one on horseback
and the other in a kago.
Situated at the entrance to Hakone pass, this station was packed with
travellers all through the year.
Travellers walking along the river bank, lined with trees, towards the
village ahead, under a huge full moon in a deep blue sky, one of them
carrying on his back a large Tengu mask, the mark of a pilgrim to the
Shinto shrine of Kompira on
Shikoku Island. Dark forest of trees on further shore of river.
Two women wayfarers, and a coolie carrying their boxes, passing along
by rice fields, overlooked by the huge snowy mass of Fuji.
The neighbourhood of Hara is considered the best vantage point for magnificent
views of Mount Fuji. In the Edo Period, travelling on the highway was
considered very dangerous and woman travellers were usually accompanied
by their manservant.
A road lined with trees running through ricefields, along which a man
leads a horse carrying three women; Fuji in the distance.
This section of highway was lined with pine trees for the comfort of travellers.
Through the trees, Mount Fuji was seen on the left-hand side of the highway
and was popularly called "left Fuji".
A mountain village at nightfall under deep snow, through which three people
are toiling, one with his head buried in a half open umbrella.
A fine view of Fuji, snow covered, from Satta-toge, overlooking Saruga
This rugged mountain pass commanded the most magnificent view of the whole
View near the mouth of the Okitsu River, looking out to sea, and two sumo
wrestlers being carried upstream, one on a packhorse and the other in
This flat area was noted for its beautiful view of the pine grove "Mihonomatsubara"
highlighted by the pretty seascape backdrop.
View over Mio-no-Matsu-bara, at the mouth of the Okitsu River (seen close
in previous plate), to a hilly coastline beyond; junks anchored in foreground
in front of a fishing village, and others sailing in the bay.
The most magnificent view of the famous pine groves "Mihonomatsubara"
could be had from this station. There stands a pine tree referred to in
the famous legend "the feathered robe". This station is now the port of
Shimizu, the biggest port between Yokohama and Nagoya.
A woman in a kago being carried across the Abe River; others fording the
stream from the opposite bank; a range of mountains in the background.
Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, spent his childhood
and retirement years here.The Abe River flows to the west of this station
and travellers had to cross in a variety of ways, as depicted in the print.
This station has become the present Shizuoka City.