Coordinates: 34°57′09″N 138°20′41″E / 34.95250°N 138.34472°E / 34.95250; 138.34472
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Mariko-juku in the 1830s, as depicted by Hiroshige in The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

Mariko-juku (鞠子宿, Mariko-juku) was the twentieth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in what is now part of Suruga Ward in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. It can also be written as 丸子宿 (Mariko-juku).


Mariko-juku was one of the smallest post stations on the Tōkaidō.[1] Old row-houses from the Edo period can be found between Mariko-juku and Okabe-juku, its neighboring post station, in Utsuinotani. This post town also had strong ties to the Minamoto, Imagawa and Tokugawa clans.

The classic ukiyo-e print by Andō Hiroshige (Hōeidō edition) from 1831–1834 depicts two travellers at a wayside restaurant which name is Chouji-ya(丁子屋), it is noted for Tororo-Jiru (grated japanese yam soup) and founded in 1596, from which another traveller has just departed.

Neighboring post towns[edit]

Fuchū-shuku - Mariko-juku - Okabe-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
  • Traganou, Jilly. The Tokaido Road: Travelling and Representation in Edo and Meiji Japan. RoutledgeCurzon (2004). ISBN 0-415-31091-1


Media related to Mariko-juku at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Mariko-juku Archived 2007-10-27 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed December 19, 2007.

34°57′09″N 138°20′41″E / 34.95250°N 138.34472°E / 34.95250; 138.34472