Akasaka-juku (Nakasendō)

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Hiroshige's print of Akasaka-juku, part of The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō series
Marker denoting the location of the honjin in Akasaka-juku

Akasaka-juku (赤坂宿, Akasaka-juku) was the fifty-sixth of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendō. It is located in the present-day city of Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It flourished during the Edo Period, as it was located in a fertile valley, next to a river.[1]

Modern Day[edit]

In 1843, the post station had 1,129 residents and 292 buildings. Among the buildings, there was one honjin, one sub-honjin, and 17 hatago.

Today, you are able to see the old row houses and historical ruins from this Edo period post town.[1] Also, for a more detailed look at the old post town, a virtual tour has been created, which introduces the area at the beginning of the Tōkaidō and Nakasendō; in 1680, during the Enpō era; at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate; and in modern times.[2]

Neighboring Post Towns[edit]

Nakasendō
Mieji-juku - Akasaka-juku - Tarui-juku

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nakasendo Akasaka-juku Archived 2005-09-01 at the Wayback Machine. Ibisoku Co., Ltd. Accessed July 11, 2007.
  2. ^ Akasaka-juku Virtual 1 Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. Ibisoku Co., Ltd. Accessed July 12, 2007.

Coordinates: 35°23′25.4″N 136°34′57.2″E / 35.390389°N 136.582556°E / 35.390389; 136.582556