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The 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō (literally the 'Eastern Sea Road) are the rest areas along the Tōkaidō, which was a coastal route that ran for about five hundred kilometers from Nihonbashi in Edo (Tokyo) to Sanjō Ōhashi at Keishi (Kyoto).

Utagawa Hiroshige produced many editions of the series 'The 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō'. If there is any remark added, the listed stamps below are depicting the first published edition prints by Hōeidō (1831-1834). Otherwise there is added the name of the edition is added below the stamp.

Leaving Edo : Nihonbashi
(This scene occurs around 4 a.m. when the wooden gates of the district were open for early morning traffic)
Nihonbashi (literally "Japan Bridge") is a city district of Tokyo, just north of Ginza and northeast of Marunouchi and Tokyo Station. The bridge, after which the district is named, has been the kilometer zero marker for Japan's national highway network since the early Edo Period.

The old wooden bridge was reconstructed in stone during the Meiji Period, and was covered by an expressway in the 1960s. A partial 1:1 replica of the original wooden bridge is in the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku.

Japan 2016
The stamp was issued in the series
"60th Anniversary Series of the Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Tokyo Prefecture".

 

1st station : Shinagawa

 

 

2nd station : Kawasaki
Mount Fuji in the background
(Present day: city of Kawasaki)

Japan fuji stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli issued Japan 2003 Hiroshige

Japan 2003

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Sierra Leone 1998

3rd station : Kanagawa

 

 

4th station : Hodogaya
Present day : city of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Hodogaya is also depicted in the series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" (picture 26).

Japan 1997
This is a print (picture 4) of the Reisho Edition, published 1949-1950.

 

5th station : Totsuka
It is now located in Totsuka-ku in the present-day city of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Japan 2002

 

6th station : Fujisawa
It is located in the present-day city of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture.

 

 

7th station : Hiratsuka
The Mount Fuji appearing behind Shonan Daira in the background.
It is located in the present-day city of Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Japan Fuji stamp timbre francobolli Briefmarke issued 2004

 Japan 2004

 

8th station : Ōiso
It is located in the present-day town of Ōiso, located in Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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Japan 2001
Present day: town of Ōiso, Kanagawa Prefecture.

9th station : Odawara
Mt. Hakone (foreground) and Mt. Fuji is shown in the far background (right).
(Crossing the Sakawa river at a ford)
It is located in the present-day city of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Japan 2013

 

10th station : Hakone
Hakone was the highest station of the Tokaido. Hiroshige’s work depicts the rugged path which confronted travellers through the Hakone mountain range beside the calm surface of Lake Ashinoko, with Mount Fuji in the distance.
It is located in the present-day town of Hakone in Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Japan Fuji volcano stamp timbre francobolli issued 1961

Japan 1961

 

 

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Sierra Leone 1998

 

11th station : Mishima
It is located in the present-day city of Mishima, in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Lesotho 1989 53 stations of the Tokaiso, station 11 Mishima postage stamp

Lesotho 1989
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

12th station : Numazu
Numazu was located between the post stations of Mishima and Hara. It was the castle town of the daimyo of the Numazu Domain and was the eastern most post station in Suruga Province. It is now is part of the present-day city of Numazu in Shizuoka Prefecture.

The image depicts travelers walking along the tree-lined riverbank under a huge full moon as they approach the station. One of them is wearing the white robes of a pilgrim and is carrying a huge “Tengu” mask on this back indicating that his destination is the famed Shinto shrine of Konpira on the island of Shikoku.

 

12th station: Twilight at Numazu stamp

Japan 2016

 

13th station : Hara
Mt. Fuji and Ashitaka-yama in the foreground.
It is located in the present-day city of Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Two women wayfarers, and a coolie carrying their boxes, passing along by rice fields, overlooked by the huge snowy mass of Fuji.
The neighbourhood of Hara is considered the best vantage point for magnificent views of Mount Fuji. In the Edo Period, travelling on the highway was considered very dangerous and woman travellers were usually accompanied by their manservant.

apan Mount Fuji stamp timbre  Briefmarke francobolli Utagawa Hiroshige

Japan 2001, 13th station: "Hara-juku".

 

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Sierra Leone 1998

 

14th station : Yoshiwara
Mt. Fuji is seen in the left behind and Ashitaka-yama is seen to the right.
It is located in the present-day city of Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan 2015

 

15th station : Kanbara
It is located in what is now part of the Shimizu-ku ward of Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan 1960 Hiroshige 15th station: "Kanbara-juku" stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli

Japan 1960 & Lesotho 1989
The Lesotho stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

16th station : Yui
Mount Fuji in the background
It is located in the Shimizu-ku area of Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan fuji stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli issued Japan 2002 Hiroshige

Japan 2002

 

17th station : Okitsu
It is located in what is now part of the Shimizu-ku area of Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

 

18th station : Ejiri
It is located in what is now part of the Shimizu-ku area of Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture.
A view over depicts a view over the Miho no Matsubara. The highest mountain at the left is known as Mt.Kuno-san (216 m).
Present day: part of the Shimizu-ku area ((one of the three wards of the city of Shizuoka) in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Ejiri-juku is also depicted in the series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" (picture 18).

Japan 2014
18th station "Ejiri-juku".

 

19th station : Fuchū
It is located in what is now part of the Aoi-ku area of Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture.

53 stations Tokaido The Abe River near Fuchu 23rd Station

Japan 2017

20th station : Mariko
It is located in what is now part of Suruga Ward in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Lesotho 1989
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

21st station : Okabe
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.
It is located in what is now the city of Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan 2000

 

22nd station : Fujieda
It is located in what is now part of the city of Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan 2016

 

23rd station : Shimada
It is located in what is now part of Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan 2017

 

Granada 1989
Crossing the Oi at Shimada by Ferry.
This is a print (picture 23 (24)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".  

 

24th station : Kanaya (Crossing a wide river)
The Ooi river in the foreground, The highest summit is Mt. Takane-yama 150.5 m and the plateau at the right.
(Kanaya-yuku) is also depicted in the series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" Picture 8 (44) of the Additional Pictures.
It is located in what is now part of Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan 2014

 

25th station : Nissaka
It is located in what is now part of the city of Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

 

26th station : Kakegawa
It is located in what is now the city of Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

 

27th station : Fukuroi
It is located in what is now the center of the city of Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan 2014

 

28th station : Mitsuke
It is located in what is now the central part of the city of Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

 

29th station : Hamamatsu
It is located in what is now Hamamatsu's Naka-ku in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan 2013

 

30th station : Maisaka
View of Imaki Point jutting out into the sea, and a white Fuji (without outline) in the distance. This station was a fishing port lying on the south-eastern edge of Lake Hamana. The Lake Hamana and the Pacific Ocean meet at this point and travellers had to cross this mouth of the lake by boats.
It is located in the western portion of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture

Japan 2000

31st station : Arai
It is located in the city of Kosai, Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

 

32nd station : Shirasuka
It is located in Kosai, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan 2013

Sierra Leone 1998

 

Grenada 1989 Daimyo and Entourage at Arai This is a print picture 32  of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840 53 stations Hiroshige

Grenada 1989
Daimyo and Entourage at Arai.
This is a print (picture 32) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

33rd station : Futagawa
The lovely rural environs of Futakawa in this quiet stretch of the road, broad slopes of the Sarugababa Plain seen in the distance.
It is located in what is now the city of Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture.

Japan 2016

34th station : Yoshida
It depicts steeplejacks, or tobi, repairing Yoshida Castle and the famous bridge at Yoshida (Toyo River) with Goi-yama (454.4 m) in the background.
It is located in the center of what is now the city of Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture.

Japan 2015 Yoshida-juku stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli

Japan 2015

35th station : Goyu
It is located in Goyu-chō in the city of Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture.

Japan 2017

 

Grenada 1989 Daimyo and Entourage at Arai This is a print picture 32  of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840 53 stations Hiroshige

Grenada 1989
Cargo Portage through Goyu.
This is a print (picture 35(36)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

36th station : Akasaka
It is located in present-day Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture.

 

 

37th station : Fujiwawa
It is located in the present-day city of Okazaki, in Aichi Prefecture.

Japan 2015

 

Grenada 1989 Snowfall at Fujiwara. This is a print (picture 37) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840 53 stations Hiroshige

Grenada 1989
Snowfall at Fujiwara.
This is a print (picture 37(38)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

38th station : Okazaki
A daimyo's cortège crossing the bridge over the Yahagi River towards the village and castle on the further bank; in the background a blue hill, printed from colour blocks only. Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, was born in the castle shown in the prints. The bridge over the Yahagi River, flowing west of the castle, was the largest on the entire highway.
It is located in the present-day city of Okazaki, in Aichi Prefecture.

Japan 2000

 

39th station : Chirifu (Chiryū)
It is located in the present-day city of Chiryū in Aichi Prefecture.

Grenada 1989 Horses for the Emperor in Chirifu. This is a print (picture 39) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840 53 stations Hiroshige

Grenada 1989
Horses for the Emperor in Chirifu.
This is a print (picture 39 (40)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

40th station : Narumi
It is located in former Owari Province in what is now part of the Midori-ku section of the city of Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture.

 

 

41st station : Miya
It is located in former Owari Province in what is now part of the Atsuta-ku section of the city of Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture. .

Japan 2003

 

Grenada 1989
Pilgrimage at Atsuta Shrine at Miya.
This is a print (picture 41(42)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
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Grenada 1989
Pilgrimage at Atsuta Shrine at Miya.
This is a print (picture 41(42)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

42nd station : Kuwana
It is located in former Ise Province in what is now part of the city of Kuwana, in Mie Prefecture. .

Japan 1959

 

43rd station : Yokkaichi
It is located in former Ise Province in what is now part of the city of Yokkaichi, in Mie Prefecture.

Grenada 1989
Pilgrimage at Atsuta Shrine at Miya.
This is a print (picture 41(42)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
stamp

Grenada 1989
Fishing Village Yokkaichi on the Mie.
This is a print (picture 43(44)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

44th station : Ishiyakushi
In the background Gozaisyo-dake (Suzuka Mountains).
It is located in former Ise Province in what is now part of the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture.

Japan 2013

 

45th station : Shōno
It is located in former Ise Province in what is now part of the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture.

Japan 2002 and Lesotho 1989
The Lesotho stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

46th station : Kameyama
It is located in former Ise Province in what is now part of the city of Kameyama, Mie Prefecture.

Japan 1997

 

47th station : Seki
It is located in former Ise Province in what is now part of the city of Kameyama, Mie Prefecture.

 

 

48th station : Sakashita
It is located in former Ise Province in what is now part of the city of Kameyama, Mie Prefecture.

 

 

49th station : Tsuchiyama
It is located in the present-day city of Kōka, in Shiga Prefecture.

Grenada 1989 Rainfall at Tsuchiyama. This is a print (picture 49) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840 53 stations Hiroshige

Grenada 1989
Rainfall at Tsuchiyama.
This is a print (picture 49 (50)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

50th station : Minakuchi
It is located in the present-day city of Kōka, in Shiga Prefecture.

 

 

51st station : Ishibe
It is located in the downtown area of the present-day city of Konan, Shiga Prefecture.

Grenada 1989 An Inn at Ishibe.. This is a print (picture 51) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840 53 stations Hiroshige

Grenada 1989
An Inn at Ishibe.
This is a print (picture 51(52)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

52nd station : Kusatsu
It is located in the downtown area of the present-day city of Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture.

 

 

53rd station : Ōtsu
It is located in the present-day city of Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture.

Japan 2003

 

Grenada 1989 On the Shore of Lake Biwa at Otsu. This is a print (picture 53) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840 53 stations Hiroshige

Grenada 1989
On the Shore of Lake Biwa at Otsu.
This is a print (picture 53(54)) of the Kyoka Edition, published 1840.
The stamp was issued in the series "In Memorian Shōwa Emperor Hirohito 1901 – 1989".

 

The end of the Tōkaidō: arriving at Kyoto.
In the foreground the "long" bridge over the Kamo River (Sanjō Ōhashi) and people crossing over. The town of Kyoto und surrounding hills. Prexent day: Sanjō Ōhashi at Kyoto.

Japan The end of the Tōkaidō: Sanjō Ōhashi at Keisi stamp timbre Briefmarke francobollih

Japan 1958

 

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