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Nagoya-City Tokaido Miya-juku / Miya-juku museum
The Tokaido was the major thoroughfare used by the samurai, merchants, pilgrims and travelers between Edo (Tokyo) and the ancient capital, Kyoto. The woodblock print artist Hiroshige is famous for his series of prints depicting the 53 stops along the old Tokaido and each of the prints show a scene from the post towns along the route. The 41st station on the Tokaido, and the 42nd print in the series was known as Miya-Shuku.
You won’t find Miya-Shuku on a current map, as “Miya” meaning shrine, referred to nearby Atsuta Shrine, Japan’s second most important shrine. The stations’ close proximity to Atsuta Shrine made it popular with pilgrims and travelers. Miya-Shuku was also a major junction point, where the Tokaido linked to the important Nakasendo, or Central Mountain Route via the Minoki Roadway, as well as the busy Saya Kaido.