"Okabe" Okabe by cheesecake17

Okabe Travel Guide: 67 reviews and 250 photos

STATION 22 on the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD.

Okabe is a pretty, small town in a beautiful natural setting, squeezed between hills. there are quite a few old buildings, and the pine trees that line the road which was a sign of the old tokaido are still in this little town...

In my quest to see all 53 STATION of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD this is number 22



HISTORY


Like Mariko-shuku (inns district), Okabe was also a small inns district.

Before entering the district, the Tokaido highway is merged to the famous ancient road,
"tsuta no hosomichi", which literally means "narrow road of ivy".

Tsuta no hosomichi has a close connection with
Ariwara-no-Narihira (825-880), who is recognized as one of the six great poets in the Heian period (794-1192).

Ever since he wrote a poem on this road, Tsuta-no-hosomichi became popular and has been used for poems and travel notes for years.


Distance from Nihonbashi: 188 km

OKABE by HIROSHIGE



A mountain torrent rushing between steep banks and walled in on one side by a stone embankment, along which people are passing. High peaks in the background.

The road here was enclosed on both sides by steep hills covered with dense forest and thick climbing ivy vines.

This was considered one of the most fearsome stretches of the highway.


  • Last visit to Okabe: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 16, 2009
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Nice page!

  • taigaa001's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    The fact remains that because of your page many global tourists have got attention to this out-of-the-way town. And it contributes to increase the fans of the town. I hope more and more VT members come to this nice little town.

  • cheesecake17's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    yes???? i did not know i was nominated.I am in my home country dealing with my father death..so this has come has a nice surprise.thanks

  • taigaa001's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Congratulations for Barney Award Nomination for Best Rural Page.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    This is such a lovely and wonderful and clean looking town that lets people enjoy and relax with nature. YOu did a nice job of showing us the sites and comments.

  • mantru's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:22 AM

    awsome pics and good page...love those maples.

  • Pisgonut's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2007 at 5:13 AM

    It looks so refreshing!

  • livi4's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2006 at 10:27 PM

    mariko looks very romantic...

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2006 at 10:41 PM

    Wonderful !!! Your pictures and writing is as if travelling back in time with Hiroshige :-)) The old hotel is fascinating and in spring even more - oh how I miss spring and sakura in bloom :-))) morning huggies :-)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2005 at 2:16 AM

    Nice tips!

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