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THE TOKAIDO ROAD



THE TOKAIDO HIGHWAY, which started from Nihombashi in EDO(today is called TOKYO) and finish at Sanjo Ohashi in KYOTO...

Covered a total distance 492 km...

It was just 400 years ago that the TOKAIDO became fully equipped as a major highway..



HOW DID IT ALL START



After winning the famous battle of SEKIGARA in 1600, TOKUGAWA IEYASU, founder of the TOKUGAWA SHOGUNATE, inaugurated what was known as the TENMA-SEI(post horse system)..

as one of the many admisnistrative measures that he took to establish the feudal goverment system...

The tenma system was designed to set up post towns along major highways in oeder to provide manpower and horses to facilitate the mobility of goverment officials as well as the physical flow of goods and the dissemination of information...

Under this system, 53 post towns were created along the TOKAIDO HIGHWAY......



WHAT MADE TRAVELING ALONG THE TOKAIDO SO POPULAR



TOKAIDOCHU HIZAKURIGE is a comical travelogue about the TOKAIDO ROAD ..

Was written by Juppensha Ikku who serialzed his stories with woodblock landscape prints produced by UKIYOE artist HIROSHIGE....

It was 1832 that HIROSHIGE set out on his first trip to KYOTO along the TOKAIDO HIGHWAY....

A distinguished series of 55 works, born of his observations and experiences, conveys the atmosphere and sentiment prevailing in each post on the highway..

His work portray beatifully in fine detail , he describe seasonal changes as seen in the mist in srping, showers in summer, clear blue skies in autumn and snow in winter.....

He really did pay attention to every minute detail ...who ever the person was, a samurai warrior, townpeople or workmen....



So at the moment most of my travel has been to see all these post town and find the history behind it all....Its been fun , more like a treasure hunt....

On the trail there were 53 RECOGNISED STATIONS or stages, and these, with the starting point at the Nihon-Bashi at Edo and the finish at Kyoto, make up the 55 stages commonly found in the series of views of the Tokaido Road by HIROSHIGE


Nihonbashi 1 "MORNING SCENE"
Kanagawa Prefecture
Shinagawa 2
Kawasaki 3
Kanagawa 4
Hodogaya 5
Totsuka 6
Fujisawa 7
Hiratsuka 8
Oiso 9
Odawara 10 "THE SAKAWA RIVER"
Hakone 11 "PICTURE OF THE LAKE"
Shizuoka Prefecture
Mishima 12 "MORNING MIST"
Numazu 13
Hara 14
Yoshiwara 15
Kambara 16 SNOW AT NIGHT"
Yui 17 "SATTA PASS"
Okitsu 18 "THE OKITSU RIVER"
Ejiri (shimizu)19 "DISTANT VIEW OF MIHO PINE GROVE"
Fuchu (shizuoka)20 "THE ABE RIVER"
Mariko 21 "POPULAR TEA SHOP"
Okabe 22 "MOUNT UTSUNO"
Fujieda 23 *"FUJIEDA IN DISTRICT"
Shimada 24 "SURUGA BANK OF THE OI RIVER"
Kanaya 25 "ENSHU BANK OF THE OI RIVER"%
Nissaka 26 "SAYO-NO NAKAYAMA"
Kakegawa 27 "DISTANT VIEW OF MOUNT AKIBA"
Fukuroi 28 "ROADSIDE TEA STALL"
Mitsuke 29
Hamamatsu 30 "DESOLATE WINTRY SCENE"
Maisaka 31 TRUE SCENE OF IMAGIRE"
Arai 32"ARAI CHECKPOINT"
Shirasuka 33
Aichi Prefecture
Futugawa 34
Yoshida 35
Goyu 36
Akasaka 37
Fujikawa 38
Okazaki 39 "YAHAGI BRIDGE"
Chirifu 40
Narumi 41
Miya 42
Mie Prefecture
Kuwana 43
Yokkaichi 44
Ishiyakushi 45
Shono 46
Kameyama 47
Seki 48
Shiga Prefecture
Sakanoshita 49
Tsuchiyama 50
Minakuchi 51
Ishibe 52
Kusatsu 53
Otsu 54
Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto 55


TEA HOUSES visited



JO-AN TEA CEREMONY HOUSE, Inuyama city, aichi prefecture..NATIONAL TREASURE
GYOKURO-NO-SATO , okabe city, shizuoka prefecture
TEA HOUSE, kakegawa city, shizuoka prefecture
OCHA-NO-SATO, Kanaya city, shizuoka prefecture
SHOINTEI TEA HOUSE, hamamatsu city, shizuoka prefecture


CASTLES visited..



OKAZAKI CASTLE, okazaki city
INUYAMA CASTLE, inuyama city.NATIONAL TREASURE
KAKEKAGAWA CASTLE, kakegawa city
YOSHIDA CASTLE, yoshida city
HAMAMATSU CASTLE, hamamatsu city
SUMPU CASTLE, shizuoka city
NIJO-JO, kyoto city WORLD CULTURE HERITAGE
ODAWARA CASTLE, odawara city
MATSUMOTO CASTLE, matsumoto city NATIONAL TREASURE

Castle I wish to see in the near future...
nagoya castle
Yoshida castle
Hikone castle
Himeji castle


TEMPLE & SHRINE visited



TOYOKAWA INARI SHRINE , toyohashi city.
NARITASAN SHINSHOJI TEMPLE , narita city
TODAIJI TEMPLE , nara city WORLD CULTURE HERITAGE
HEIAN SHRINE , kyoto city
KINKAKUJI TEMPLE , kyoto city WORLD CULTURE HERITAGE
KIYOMIZU TEMPLE , kyoto city WORLD CULTURE HERITAGE
RYOANJI TEMPLE , kyoto city
JISSOJI TEMPLE, fuji city
ZUIRINJI TEMPLE, fuji city
IOJI TEMPLE , fuji city
MYOZENJI TEMPLE, fuji city
BISHAMONTEN TEMPLE. fuji city
Fujisan Shengentaisha, fujinomiya city
MYORENJI TEMPLE, fujinomiya city
TAISENKIJI TEMPLE, fujinomiya city
BYODO-IN, Uji city, WORLD CULTURE HERITAGE
HORYUJI TEMPLE, nara city
OI SHRINE, shimada city
YAIZU SHRINE, yaizu city
FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, kyoto city, IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROPERTY
HOKOJI HANSOBO,hamamatsu city
RYOYANJI, hamamatsu city
SHIZUOKA SENGEN JINJA,shizuoka city
MISHIMA TAISHA JINJA, mishima city
TAGATA SHRINE, komaki city
RINZAI TEMPLE, shizuoka city,NATIONAL DESIGNATED IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROPERTY
KUNOZAN, shizuoka city
ASAKUSA SHRINE, taito city, Tokyo,OLDEST SHRINE IN TOKYO AREA
JORINJI TEMPLE
, matsumoto city, OLDEST TEMPLE in MATSUMOTO
YOHASHIRA JINJA SHRINE, matsumoto city
MATSUMOTO JINJA SHRINE, matsumoto city

to be continued....

Others....:)



HORAI BRIDGE,longest wooden bridge, shimada city
NAKATAJIMA SAND DUNES, hamamatsu city


to be continue

Festival and Events I have seen...



DARUMA DOLL FESTIVAL, yaizu city
ARA-MATSURI, yaizu city
YAIZU FIREWORKS DISPLAY,yaizu city
PRINCESS PARADE IN HOSOE, shizuoka city
SHIZUOKA FESTIVAL, shizuoka city
HAMAMATSU KITE FESTIVAL, hamamatsu city
TAKAYAMA YATAI KAIKAN, takayama city
HORSE RACE ON THE BEACH Sagara city
YABUSAME, Fujinomiya city
TENGU FESTIVAL, fujieda city
OBI MATSURI, shimada city
HONEN FESTIVAL, komaki city
World Sushi Expo2009, shizuoka city
Utogi Bon Dance, utogi city

to be continue

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