Coordinates: 34°54′40″N 137°13′23″E / 34.911°N 137.223°E / 34.911; 137.223
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Fujikawa-juku in the 1830s, as depicted by Hiroshige in the Hōeidō edition of The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō (1831–1834)

Fujikawa-shuku (藤川宿, Fujikawa-shuku) was the thirty-seventh of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Okazaki, in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It was approximately 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from Akasaka-juku, the preceding post station.[1] Another accepted reading for this post town is "Fujikawa-juku."

At its peak, Fujikawa-juku was home to 302 buildings, including one honjin, one sub-honjin and 36 hatago. Its total population was approximately 1,200 people.[1] The classic ukiyo-e print by Andō Hiroshige (Hōeidō edition) from 1831 to 1834 depicts a daimyō procession on sankin-kōtai entering the post station, which would have been a common occurrence. Three commoners are shown as kneeling as the lord's retinue passes. [2] The Okazaki city government has been working actively on preserving this old post town as a tourist destination. In addition to creating the Fujikawa-shuku Archives Museum within the preserved waki-honjin, detailing the history of the post town, the city has preserved a number of old structures such old street lights, and traditional houses with lattice windows. A line of old pine trees extending for approximately a kilometer marks the location of the Tōkaidō road.

Neighboring post towns[edit]

Akasaka-juku - Fujikawa-shuku - Okazaki-shuku

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


  1. ^ a b Tokaido 53: Fujikawa-juku (Okazaki) Archived 2007-10-15 at the Wayback Machine. (in Japanese) Tōkaidō no Tabi. Accessed March 6, 2008.
  2. ^ "Tokaido Hoeido 04". Archived from the original on 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2011-08-10.

34°54′40″N 137°13′23″E / 34.911°N 137.223°E / 34.911; 137.223