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