Fuchū-shuku

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Fuchū-shuku in the 1830s, as depicted by Hiroshige in The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

Fuchū-shuku (府中宿?, Fuchū-shuku) was the nineteenth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in what is now part of the Aoi-ku area of Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

History[edit]

The post station of Fuchū-shuku was also a castle town for Sunpu Castle in the former Suruga Province.[1]

Sunpu Castle

The classic ukiyoe print by Ando Hiroshige (Hoeido edition) from 1831-1834 depicts travellers crossing the Abe River to the west of the post station. A woman is bring carried in a kago, while other people are fording the stream on foot.

Neighboring post towns[edit]

Tōkaidō
Ejiri-juku - Fuchū-shuku - Mariko-juku

Further reading[edit]

  • Carey, Patrick. Rediscovering the Old Tokaido:In the Footsteps of Hiroshige. Global Books UK (2000). ISBN 1-901903-10-9
  • Chiba, Reiko. Hiroshige's Tokaido in Prints and Poetry. Tuttle. (1982) ISBN 0-8048-0246-7
  • Taganau, Jilly. The Tokaido Road: Travelling and Representation in Edo and Meiji Japan. RoutledgeCurzon (2004). ISBN 0-415-31091-1

References[edit]

Media related to Fuchū-shuku at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Fuchū-shuku to Mariko-juku. Tōkaidō Hitoritabi. Accessed December 7, 2007.