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Kanaya Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 69 photos

STATION 25 of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD

In my quest to see all 53 STATION of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD, this is station number 25...



HISTORY


Kanaya is a birth place of Nihon-zaemon, one of the most famous thieves in Japanese history.

He stole money and expensive ornaments only from rich people. Nihon-zaemon was tall & nice looking, and it is said that he was always wearing very fashonable cloths when he did his "job".

After
Taisee hokan, or the Restoration of the Imperial Rule in 1868 , there were so many samurai who supported the last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu.

However, their lords returned their lands to the Meiji government and thus, they lost their jobs and had to spend miserable lives.

The government took measures for the relief of the previous samurai: reclaiming a huge virgin land to plant tea.

It was not an easy job at all, but their efforts were rewarded; the land became the biggest tea field with the size of 5,000 hectare in Japan.


Distance from Nihonbashi: 207.3 km

KANAYA by HIROSHIGE

Beyond the wide sandy flats of the river, across which a daimyo's cort├Ęge is being carried, rises a jumble of foot hills, in a crevice of which nestles a village.

In the background a high range of curiously hump-shaped mountains, printed in graded black from colour-blocks only; golden sky at the top.

A panoramic view of the landscape accentuates the expansive flat plain of the dry river bed. A variety of travellers attempt to wade across the river with the help of porters.

  • Last visit to Kanaya: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 27, 2005
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