31 Maisaka 31 Maisaka
View of Imaki Point jutting out into the sea, and a white Fuji (without outline) in the distance.
This station was a fishing port lying on the south-eastern edge of Lake Hamana. The Lake Hamana and the Pacific Ocean meet at this point and travellers had to cross this mouth of the lake by boats.
 

32 Arai32 Arai
A large ferry boat, with an awning round it, taking a daimyo across from Maisaka, followed by a smaller boat with his retainers. A high range of hills on the further shore; golden sky.
Travellers made the journey from Maisaka to Arai Station by ferryboat. On the shore was a government barrier station for the inspection of travellers. The compound remains largely intact even today.
 

33 Shirasuka33 Shirasuka
View out to sea through a dip in the hill, at the foot of which a daimyo's procession is passing; clumps of trees to right and left.
The view of the seascape from Shiomizaka Slope near this station was one of the most picturesque of all the fifty-three stations, with the blue Pacific Ocean framed by outreaching branches of pine trees. A long procession of a feudal lord descends the hill towards Shirasuka Station.
 

34 Futagawa34 Futagawa
A low hill, covered with small cider trees; on the left at teahouse, at which a traveller is taking refreshment, and three others approaching it.
Because of the poor soil in this barren district,only small pine trees and shrubs were able to grow. What relieved travellers from an otherwise monotonous walk was a teahouse which sold refreshments and sweet rice cakes.
 

35 Yoshida35 Yoshida
Bridge over the Toyo River, and in the right foreground workmen repairing the castle.
This station flourished following the erection of the castle in 1505. Here a bridge was allowed to be built over the river flowing west of the station. The town has now grown to become Toyohashi City.
 

36 Goyu36 Goyu
Main street of the village at nightfall and female touts dragging travellers into the teahouse on the right, where one is already resting. The large circle on the wall bears the sign of the publisher of the series, Take-no-Uchi. On the signboard inside are given the names of the engraver, Jirobei; the printer, Heibei; and the artist, Ichiryusai.
This station was lined with many inns and restaurants. The waitresses were renowned for their persistence in trying to entice customers into their shops.
 

37 Akasaka37 Akasaka
The courtyard of a resthouse, in the centre of which a sago-palm is growing; on the left, guests being served with refreshments, and on the right, geisha dressing up for their performance.
Most male travellers enjoyed staying at this station for here in the entertainment quarters they could find the friendliest hostesses of the entire trip. Dinners are being served by a waitress and geisha girls are doing their faces for the evening.
 

38 Fujikawa38 Fujikawa
The head of a daimyo's procession at the entrance to a village, and three peasants making obeisance as it passes.
The most frequent user of the highway was the feudal lord with his retinue. Commoners who came across the procession had to kneel down on the ground to pay their respects and stay there until the procession had passed.
 

39 Okazaki39 Okazaki
A daimyo's cortège crossing the bridge over the Yahagi River towards the village and castle on the further bank; in the background a blue hill, printed from colour blocks only.
Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, was born in the castle shown in the prints. The bridge over the Yahagi River, flowing west of the castle, was the largest on the entire highway.
 

40 Chiryu40 Chiryu
A number of horses tethered near a tree in the fields, where a fair is held in the summer.
This area was noted for Japanese iris(kakitsubata). A famouse poet who once passed by this vicinity adorned with irises composed a poem expressing the loneliness of his long journey from Kyoto where his wife remained.