Japan: Memoirs of a Secret EmpireEnter EdoTravel TokaidoTimelineResourcesThe Program
Tokaido Road
BooksellerStreet VendorGuardMonkRoninSamurai WomanTeaseller

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji towers over the Tokaido Road, near Edo.

Travel Tokaido

There were five major highways in Japan during the Tokugawa Era, and the Tokaido (Eastern Sea Road) was the busiest and most important. Partly due to Sankin Kotai, which forced the country's daimyo lords to journey to Edo every other year, the roads bustled with elaborate daimyo processions, samurai warriors, masterless samurai (ronin), monks and various other travelers. Along the roadside, merchants and tradesmen set up shops and inns to cater to their needs.

On the Tokaido Road >>

Top and left: Scenes from the Tokaido Road/Bato-Machi Hiroshige Museum
Right: Samurai women/Takashi Collection, Keio University

Samurai Women on the Tokaido

Ando Hiroshige, a famous landscape artist, sketched the "Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido," which captures the route's 53 government posts.

Home | Enter Edo | Travel Tokaido | Timeline | Resources | The Program | Credits | Privacy Policy

©2003 Devillier Donegan Enterprises. All rights reserved.