("Eastern Sea Road"). The highway that ran from Edo (now Tokyo) to Kyoto, a route of approximately 488 kilometers (303 miles) generally following the Pacific coast; and its extension that continued to Osaka. During its heyday in the Edo period (1600-1868) there were 53 post-station towns along the Tōkaidō offering services for the convenience of travelers. These became famous in art and literature (especially the woodblock prints of Hiroshige) as the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō. (adapted from apan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)
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