"SHIMADA" Shimada by cheesecake17

Shimada Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 101 photos

STATION 24 of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD

Shimada, five miles southwest of Fujieda, was a particularly important station because of its location on the bank of the Oi River.

In my quest to cover all 53 stations of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD, this is post number 24



HISTORY



Like most Japanese rivers, the Oi often shrinks to a shallow stream in dry weather, but can become a raging flood when the rains are heavy.

It was often necessary for travelers to stop several days in Shimada, or in Kanaya on the opposite shore, to wait for the river to subside.

As a result, both towns had to maintain more inns than the ordinary station.

Shimada is also famous for the origin of Shimada-mage, a traditional hair style for women during the Edo period. It is said that yujo or prostitutes in Shimada shuku created the hair style.


Distance from Nihonbashi: 203.4 km

SHIMADA by HIROSHIGE



The OI river at SHIMADA was the most difficult place to cross in the whole of SURUGA province, as is evident from an old song that goes.....
..............EVEN HORSES ARE ABLE TO PASS THE HAKONE MOUNTAINS, BUT THEY CANNOT CROSS THE OI RIVER........

River crossings were often suspended when there were downpours...Shimada is a post town on the east side of the Oi river...This pic presents a bird's-eye view of the bed of the Oi river...

A feudal lord's procession, travelers and horses await their turn to cross the river, while some people are already on their way across..

Viewing the scene from afar the print captures the atmosphere of this busy river....

  • Last visit to Shimada: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 10, 2006
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