Tōkaidō (road)

road of premodern Japan. sometimes mean region (see Q1196306)

The Tōkaidō (東海道, East Sea Road) was a major road in ancient Japan. It was one of five main roads during the Edo period. The route connected Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and Kyoto along the sea coast of eastern Honshū.[1]

The Tōkaidō road. Photograph by Felice Beato, 1865.

Traveling the TōkaidōEdit

There were fifty-three shogunate-maintained waystations (shuku-eki) along the road which connected Edo and Kyoto.[1]

The typical method of travel was by foot.

Related pagesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tōkaidō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 973.

Further readingEdit

Nissaka-shuku was the 25th station on the Tōkaidō -- woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1834
  • Traganeou, Jilly. 2004. The Tokaido Road: Traveling and Representation in Edo and Meiji Japan. London: RoutledgeCurzon. ISBN 978-0-415-31091-8

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