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Shōno-juku, as depicted by Hiroshige in the Hōeidō edition of The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō (1831–1834). The print is titled Shōno's White Rain (白雨, Haku'u).[1]

Shōno-juku (庄野宿, Shōno-juku) was the forty-fifth 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.


Shōno-juku established an archives museum in 1998 in one of the former honjin to share the story of the old post station.[1] It contains information on Shōno-juku's honjin, other buildings and aspects of daily life. In addition to the restored honjin, there are also ruins for the sub-honjin, toiyaba and kōreiba.

The classic ukiyo-e print by Andō Hiroshige (Hōeidō edition) from 1831 to 1834 depicts a group of travelers with straw raincoats and umbrellas, caught in a sudden summer thunderstorm and hurrying towards shelter.

Neighboring post towns[edit]

Ishiyakushi-juku - Shōno-juku - Kameyama-juku


  1. ^ a b Shōno-juku Shiryō Kaikan. Suzuka City. Accessed December 18, 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′31.55″N 136°31′32.84″E / 34.8920972°N 136.5257889°E / 34.8920972; 136.5257889