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Akasaka-juku in the 1830s, as depicted by Hiroshige in the Hoeido edition of The Fifty-three Stations of the T?kaid? (1831-1834)

Akasaka-juku (, Akasaka-juku) was the thirty-sixth of the fifty-three stations of the T?kaid?. It is located in present-day Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It was only 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi) from Goyu-juku, the preceding post station.


Along with the preceding Yoshida-juku and Goyu-shuku, Akasaka-juku was well known for its meshimori onna. The classic ukiyo-e print by And? Hiroshige (Hoeido edition) from 1831-1834 depicts a typical inn; the scene is divided in half by a sago palm in the center. To the right, travellers are taking their evening meal, and to the left, prostitutes are putting on make-up and preparing for the evening entertainment. Due to its reputation, Akasaka was a popular post station with many travellers.[1]


?hashi-ya (), an inn that first opened in 1649, less than half a century after the creation of the T?kaid?, still operates today. The building it uses was built in 1716. During a census in 1733, there were 83 inns in Akasaka-juku, but only ?hashi-ya remains today. At its peak, though, there were 349 buildings, including three honjin, one sub-honjin and 62 hatago.

Goyu-shuku was less than 2 km from Akasaka-juku, making them the closest stations on the whole of the T?kaid?. At Sekigawa Shrine (?) in Otowa, Matsuo Bash? wrote the following haiku, because they were so close:

Natsu no tsuki / Goyu yori idete / Akasaka ya.
"By the summer moon, / depart out from Goyu and / reach Akasaka."

When the construction of the T?kaid? Main Line bypassed the area, it missed out on many of the economic advantages that the railroad brought. Furthermore, even though the area gained connections to rail networks with the construction of the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, it was still unable to flourish because none of the express trains stopped at Meiden-Akasaka Station.

Neighboring Post Towns

Goyu-shuku - Akasaka-juku - Fujikawa-shuku

Further reading

  • 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


Media related to Akasaka-juku at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-05. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 34°51?25?N 137°18?29?E / 34.857°N 137.308°E / 34.857; 137.308

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