The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaid? (, Kiso Kaid? Rokuj?ky?-tsugi) or Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Road, is a series of ukiyo-e works created by Utagawa Hiroshige and Keisai Eisen. There are 71 total prints in the series (one for each of the 69 post stations and Nihonbashi; Nakatsugawa-juku has two prints). The common name for the Kiso Kaid? is "Nakasend?," so this series is sometimes referred to as the Sixty-nine Stations of the Nakasend?. It is a follow up to Hiroshige's The Fifty-three Stations of the T?kaid? and he produced 47 of the prints, with Eisen being responsible for the rest.
The Nakasend? was one of the Five Routes constructed under Tokugawa Ieyasu, a series of roads linking the historical capital of Edo with the rest of Japan. The Nakasend? connected Edo with the then-capital of Kyoto. It was an alternate route to the T?kaid? and travelled through the central part of Honsh?, thus giving rise to its name, which means "Central Mountain Road". Along this road, there were sixty-nine different post stations, which provided stables, food, and lodging for travelers.
Eisen produced the first 11 prints of the series, from Nihonbashi to Honj?-shuku, stretching from Tokyo to Saitama Prefecture. His prints from Gunma Prefecture include Kuragano-shuku, Itahana-shuku and Sakamoto-shuku. Representing Nagano Prefecture, he made prints of Kutsukake-shuku, Oiwake-shuku, Iwamurada-shuku, Shiojiri-shuku, Narai-juku, Yabuhara-juku, Nojiri-juku and Magome-juku. His last two prints, Unuma-juku and G?do-juku represent Gifu Prefecture. After that, Hiroshige took over production of the series.
Hiroshige's prints start in Gunma Prefecture and include Shinmachi-shuku, Takasaki-shuku, Annaka-shuku and Matsuida-shuku. His prints that reflect Nagano Prefecture] are Karuisawa-shuku, Otai-shuku, from Shionada-juku to Shimosuwa-shuku, from Seba-juku to Niekawa-juku, from Miyanokoshi-juku to Suhara-juku, Midono-juku and Tsumago-juku. His prints from Gifu Prefecture include Ochiai-juku to ?ta-juku, Kan?-juku, and from Mieji-juku to Imasu-juku. His last ten prints, from Kashiwabara-juku to ?tsu-juku are all in Shiga Prefecture.
The following tabulation is ordered by image number in series of images available at Commons, from Kisokaido01 to Kisokaido69. This numbering may or may not be in correct order of stations.
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