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Ishiyakushi-juku in the 1830s, as depicted by Hiroshige in the Hōeidō edition of The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō (1831–1834)

Ishiyakushi-juku (石薬師宿, Ishiyakushi-juku) was the forty-fourth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in former Ise Province in what is now part of the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan. It received its name from the nearby Buddhist temple, Ishiyakushi-ji.


Ishiyakushi-juku was established in 1616, as part of the Edo period's Tōkaidō. Originally, there had been no post stations between Yokkaichi-juku and Kameyama-juku, so Ishiyakushi-juku was formed with about 180 buildings at its inception.[1] The Ozawa family managed the honjin in the town and kept many records, which are still available today in a local archives museum.[1]

The classic ukiyo-e print by Andō Hiroshige (Hōeidō edition) from 1831–1834 depicts the temple in a grove of trees on the left and a village on the right, with a range of hills in the background.

Famous Persons[edit]

Not too far from the honjin is the preserved house of Nobutsuna Sasaki, a famous tanka poet and scholar who was born in 1872.

Neighboring Post Towns[edit]



  1. ^ a b Nippon-Kichi. Nippon-Kichi. Accessed October 27, 2007.

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

Coordinates: 34°53′48″N 136°33′2″E / 34.89667°N 136.55056°E / 34.89667; 136.55056