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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 Hoeido (1831-4).

 

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

(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.

 

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Sierra Leone 1998
2nd station: Kawasaki-juku.
"Ferry boat to Kawasaki".
Present day: city of Kawasaki.

 

Japan fuji stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli issued Japan 2003 Hiroshige

Japan 2003, 2nd station: Kawasaki-juku.

 

note:
3rd station: Hodogaya-juku.
Hodogaya is also depicted in the series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" (picture 26).

 

 

Japan 1997
4th station, Hodogaya-juku (Reisho Edition, ca. 1850).
Present day: city of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

 

Japan 2002
5th station, Totsuka-juku.
Present day: in the city of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

 

Japan Fuji stamp timbre francobolli Briefmarke issued 2004

 Japan 2004
7th station: Hiratsuka-juku.
The Mount Fuji appearing behind Shonan Daira in the background.
Present day: located in city of Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

 

Japan 2001
8th station, Ōiso-juku.
Present day: town of Ōiso, Kanagawa Prefecture.

 

Japan 2013
9th station, "Odawara-juku".
Mt. Hakone and Mt. Fuji is visible in the far background (right).
Present day: city of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture.

 

Japan Fuji volcano stamp timbre francobolli issued 1961

Japan 1961
10th station: "Hakone-juku".
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.
Present day: city of Hakone in Ashigarashimo District.

 

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Sierra Leone 1998
10th station: "Hakone-juku".

 

12th station: Twilight at Numazu stamp

Japan 2016
12th station: Twilight at 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.  

 

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Sierra Leone 1998
13th station: "Hara-juku".
Mt. Fuji and Ashitaka-yama in the foreground.
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.

 

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

 

Japan 2015, 14th station: "Yoshiwara-juku".

: Yoshiwara is part of present-day Fuji City in Shizuoka Prefecture. 
Mt. Fuji is seen in the left behind and Ashitaka-yama is seen to the right.

 

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

Japan 1960
15th station: "Kanbara-juku".
Present day: part of the Shimizu-ku ward, Shizuoka Prefecture.
It depicts a mountain village under deep snow.

 

Japan fuji stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli issued Japan 2002 Hiroshige

Japan 2002
16th station: "Yui-shuku".
Mt. Fuji in the background
Present day: located in the Shimizu-ku area of Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

Japan 2014
18th station "Ejiri-juku".
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.

note: Ejiri-juku is also depicted in the series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" (picture 18).

 

Japan 2000
21th station "Okabe-juku".
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.

Japan 2016
22th Station: "Fujieda - Changing horses outside a rest house".
Fujieda is located in what is now part of the city of Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

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

 

Japan 2014
27th station: "Fukuroi-juku".
Present day: center of the city of Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

Japan 2013
29th station, "Hamamatsu-juku".
Present day: Hamamatsu's Naka-ku in Shizuoka Prefecture

 

Japan 2000
30th station, "Maisaka-juku".
Present day: located on the eastern shores of Lake Hamana in Shizuoka Prefecture.
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.

 

Sierra Leone 1998
32nd station: "Shirasuka-juku".
Present day: located in Kosai, Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

Japan 2013, 32nd station, "Shirasuka-juku".

 

Japan 2016, 33rd station, Futagawa.
Futagawa was located, what is today the city of Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture.

The lovely rural environs of Futakawa in this quiet stretch of the road, broad slopes of the Sarugababa Plain seen in the distance.

 

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Japan 2015, 34th station, "Yoshida-juku".
Present day: Toyohashi City in Aichi Prefecture.

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.

 

37th Station Fujikawa-yuku.
Present day: part of Okazaki City in Aichi Prefecture.

It is located in the present day city of Okazaki in Aichi Prefecture.

 

Japan 2000, 38th station "Okazaki-juku".
Present day: city of Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture.

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.

 

Japan 2003
41st station: "Miya-juku".
Present day: part of the Atsuta-ku section of the city of Nagoya.

 

Japan 1959
42th station: "Kuwana-juku".
Present day: part of the city of Kuwana, Mie Prefecture.

 

Japan 2013
44th station, "Ishiyakushi-juku".
In the background Gozaisyo-dake (Suzuka Mountains).
Present day: part of the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture.

 

Japan 2002
45th station, "Shōno-juku".
Present day: part of the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture.

 

Japan 1997
46th station, "Kameyama-juku".
Present day: part of the city of Kameyama, Mie Prefecture.

 

Japan 2003
53rd station: "Ōtsu-juku".
Present day: city of Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture.

 

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

Japan 1958
The end of the Tōkaidō: Sanjō Ōhashi at Keishi.
Prexent day: Sanjō Ōhashi 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.

 

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