Traditional Tokaido Highway Post Town Route

Traditional Tokaido Highway Post Town Route

Follow the Tokaido route through Aichi, and trace the steps of the samurai, merchants, pilgrims and townsfolk who traversed the Tokaido highway linking the Shogun’s city of Edo (Tokyo) and the Capital, Kyoto.

Toyohashi CityFutagawa-Shuku Post Town

Futagawa-Shuku Honjin, the Post Town Samurai Lodgings

Step back in time and see one of the very few remaining Honjin, lodgings designated solely for high ranking samurai on their regular travels to and from Edo (Tokyo) to attend court. See the style the daimyo lords were accustomed to, at the 33rd stop along the old Tokaido Highway.

Toyokawa CityAkasaka-Juku, and Goyu-Juku Post Town

The last of the Inns, and the last of the pine tree colonnades, Akasaka and Goyu Post Towns

A popular post town in its day,the 36th Tokaido post town Akasaka boasts one of the last remaining operating inns, the Ohashiya, opened in 1649. Goyu-Juku retains the last of an avenue of pine trees planted to provide shelter for the travelers of the day, and a museum dedicated to the old route.

Toyokawa CityGoyu Pine Tree Colonnade

Toyokawa’s Historical Tokaido Pine Tree Colonnade, Goyu-Juku
See the 600m long colonnade of Japanese Natural Monument designated pine trees that remain standing over a stretch of the Old Tokaido highway. Visit the nearby Tokaido museum and discover their importance.

Goyu Pine Tree Colonnade

Okazaki CityFujikawa-Juku Post Town

Fujikawa-Shuku, the 37th Stop on the Old Tokaido

Located just outside of Okazaki, Fujikawa-Shuku was one of the busier post towns. See the Fujikawa-Shuku archives in the preserved Waki-Honjin inn for samurai and nobles, the line of old pine trees and traditional houses lining the route.

Okazaki CityOkazaki Castle

Birthplace of the Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and one of the most important castles during the Edo Period.
Famous for being the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1542 and its summer fireworks, Okazaki Castle was the bastion of the Tokugawa clan throughout the Edo period. The keep houses a fine museum containing weapons and armor, while the Ieyasu and Mikawa Bushi (warrior) Museum offers a more in depth look at local samurai actions and traditions.

Okazaki Castle

Chiryu CityChiryu-Juku Post Town

The Pack Horse Town, Chiryu-Juku

As the 39th of 53 stations along the Tokaido,Chiryu was 330 Km, or 10 days from Edo (Tokyo) and famed for the Chiryu Daimyojin Shrine and for its flourishing annual horse market.

Nagoya CityNarumi-Juku Post Town

A Taste of The Tokaido and Textiles

One of the best preserved, traditional street views of the Tokaido, stop number 40 is Narumi-Juku, also known as Arimatsu, the famed tie-dying textiles production district in the southern suburbs of Nagoya.

Nagoya CityArimatsu Narumi Shibori Museum

Arimatsu Narumi Shibori Museum and Tie-Dye Experience
Visit the Arimatsu Narumi Shibori Museum and view the many processes and range of designs of this nationally famous traditional tie-dyeing technique. Book in advance to experience making your own apron, handkerchief, t-shirt or towel.

Arimatsu Narumi Shibori Museum

Nagoya CityMiya-Juku

Miya-Juku, the Tokaido’s Shrine Stop

The busiest of all stops on the Tokaido was Miya-Juku, just below the great Atsuta Shrine, and an intersection point of the Tokaido and other routes. It had the most hatago inns for travelers,2 honjin inns for lords, and 1 waki-honjin for lesser ranked nobility. Miya-Juku was the ferry stop to the next station, Kuwana.

Nagoya CityAtsuta Jingu Shrine

Sacred Atsuta Jingu Shinto Shrine
Feel the history and spiritual draw of Japan’s 2nd most important Shinto shrine. Pay your respects to the gods, relax walking in the forests of the precincts, and check out the Nobunaga Wall, dedicated by war-lord and local hero, Oda Nobunaga.

Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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