Banba-juku

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Hiroshige's print of Banba-juku, part of The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō series

Banba-juku (番場宿, Banba-juku) was the sixty-second of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendō. It is located in the present-day city of Maibara, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

History[edit]

Banba-juku was originally a post town along the Tōsandō during the Asuka period. However, in 1611, during the Edo period, when a port in Maibara was established, it became part of the Nakasendō, connecting travelers on their way to Ōtsu-juku. Positioned between mountains,[1] it was in an ideal location for travelers.

In 1843, the post station had 808 residents and 178 buildings. Among the buildings, there was one honjin, one sub-honjin, and ten hatago.

Neighboring post towns[edit]

Nakasendō
Samegai-juku - Banba-juku - Toriimoto-juku

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nakasendou Toriimoto-juku. Hikone City. Accessed July 20, 2007.

Coordinates: 35°18′54″N 136°18′51″E / 35.31500°N 136.31417°E / 35.31500; 136.31417