Nikko Kaido

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Nikkoo Kaidoo 日光街道 Nikko Kaido

Nikkoo Doochuu 日光道中
Nikko Dochu - Road to Nikko

Roads from Edo to Nikko to visit the grave f Tokugawa Ieyasu.

. Nikko, Toshogu shrine and Tokugawa Ieyasu .
東照宮 徳川家康

Roads from Edo to Nikko


Nikko Kaido 日光街道

The 21 Stations

Tokyo - Nihonbashi (日本橋) (Chūō-ku)

1. Senju-shuku (千住宿) (Adachi-ku) (also part of the Mito Kaidō)

Saitama Prefecture
2. Sōka-shuku - Soka (草加宿) (Sōka)
3. Koshigaya-shuku (越ヶ谷宿) (Koshigaya)
4. Kasukabe-shuku (粕壁宿) (Kasukabe)
5. Sugito-shuku (杉戸宿) (Sugito, Kitakatsushika District)
6. Satte-shuku (幸手宿) (Satte)
7. Kurihashi-shuku (栗橋宿) (Kuki)

Ibaraki Prefecture
8. Nakada-shuku (中田宿) (Koga)
9. Koga-shuku (古河宿) (Koga)

Tochigi Prefecture
10. Nogi-shuku (野木宿) (Nogi, Shimotsuga District)
11. Mamada-shuku (間々田宿) (Oyama)
12. Oyama-shuku (小山宿) (Oyama)
13. Shinden-shuku (新田宿) (Oyama)
14. Koganei-shuku (小金井宿) (Shimotsuke)
15. Ishibashi-shuku (石橋宿) (Shimotsuke)
16. Suzumenomiya-shuku (雀宮宿) (Utsunomiya)

17. Utsunomiya-shuku (宇都宮宿) (Utsunomiya)
18. Tokujirō-shuku (徳次郎宿) (Utsunomiya)

19. Ōzawa-shuku - Ozawa (大沢宿) (Nikkō)
20. Imaichi-shuku (今市宿) (Nikkō)
(also part of the Nikkō Reiheishi Kaidō)

21. Hatsuishi-shuku (鉢石宿) (Nikkō)

Ending Location:
Nikkō Tōshō-gū (日光東照宮) (Nikkō)
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. Koganei 小金井 Koganei district - Edo, Tokyo .


Nikko Reiheishi Kaido 日光例幣使街道

. Reiheishi 例幣使 Imperial Messengers .

There was a practice in which the court sent messengers (reiheishi) to the "main ceremony" (reisai) held at the shrine Tōshōgū in Nikkō where Tokugawa Ieyasu was enshrined.

The special lodgings for these messengers were especially elegant and many of them are now important cultural assets.

21 stations

1. Kuragano-shuku 倉賀野宿 (Takasaki)
(also part of the Nakasendō)
2. Tamamura-shuku (玉村宿) (Tamamura, Sawa District)
3. Goryō-shuku (五料宿) (Tamamura, Sawa District)
4. Shiba-shuku (柴宿) (Isesaki)
5. Sakai-shuku (境宿) (Isesaki)
6. Kizaki-shuku (木崎宿) (Ōta)
7. Ōta-shuku (太田宿) (Ota, Ōta)


8. Yagi-shuku (八木宿) (Ashikaga)
9. Yanada-shuku (梁田宿) (Ashikaga)
10. Tenmyō-shuku (天明宿) (Sano)
11. Inubushi-shuku (犬伏宿) (Sano)

12. Tomida-shuku (富田宿) (Tochigi)
13. Tochigi-shuku (栃木宿) (Tochigi)
14. Kassenba-shuku (合戦場宿) (Tochigi)
15. Kanasaki-shuku (金崎宿) (Tochigi)

16. Niregi-shuku (楡木宿) (Kanuma)
17. Nasahara-shuku (奈佐原宿) (Kanuma)
18. Kanuma-shuku (鹿沼宿) (Kanuma)

19. Fubasami-shuku (文挟宿) (Nikkō)
20. Sakahashi-shuku (板橋宿) (Nikkō)
21. Imaichi-shuku (今市宿) (Nikkō)
(also part of the Nikkō Kaidō)

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Nikko Onari Kaido 日光御成街道

Used by the Shogun on his visit to Nikko.

Onarimichi - Onari Michi, Onaridoo, Onarido 御成道
Nikko Onari Michi 日光御成道

The old road was laced with huge pine trees to give shade in summer and protection from wind in winter.

The same road as the Nakasendo until the station Hongo Oiwake 本郷.
And back to the Nikko Kaido at the station Satte juku 幸手宿

Hatogaya (now part of Kawaguchi town 川口市)

1 Hongo Oiwake 本郷追分
2 Iwabuchi shuku 岩淵宿
3 Hatogaya shuku 鳩ヶ谷宿
4 Daimon juku 大門宿
5 Iwatsuki shuku 岩槻宿
6 Satte juku 幸手宿

Kawaguchi Festival


. Nakasendoo 中山道 The Nakasendo Road .

. Kaido 日本の街道 The Ancient Roads of Japan .

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anonymous said...

Nikko Kaido – Ancient Highway Lined with Giant Cedar Trees

The “Nikko Kaido” is an ancient highway that starts from Utsunomiya City in Tochigi Prefecture. Here and there along the road stand rows of giant cedar trees (registered as a National Special Historical Site and Special Natural Monument) – sometimes on both sides of the road, sometimes parallel to the side path. Massive cedars are also found at the Ise Shrine and Eiheiji Temple, but not in such numbers. And everywhere inside the Nikko shrine and temple complex, giant cedar trees almost block the light from the sky.

Today – perhaps due to cloudy weather – the cedar-lined road has a gloomy look. Not many people know the story behind the planting of these trees. But an inscription on a commemorative monument says that they were donated to the Toshogu Shrine by a man named Masatsuna Matsudaira and his son Masanobu. Together, they spent 30 years planting more than 300,000 cedars along a total of 37 kilometers leading to the Sannai area and the Toshogu Shrine – along the ancient highways of the Nikko Kaido, the Onari Kaido, the Reiheishi Kaido, and the Aizu-Nishi Kaido.
One of these trees, known as the “Taro Cedar”, stands near the monument that commemorates Nikko’s registration as a World Heritage Site. A local man explained that Taro is about 550 years old, and that some of the other trees are more than 350 years old.
Along the cedar-lined highway, there is a park where reconstructed rustic houses are preserved. One is a farmhouse built in the “Hotoku” style (designed to suit the agricultural lifestyle) by Sontoku Ninomiya, the other a rustic house from the Edo period in the “Kyue-zureke” (old Edo longhouse) style, with moss growing on its thatched roof.

In the Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine in Imaichi City, there is a statue of Kinjiro (Sontoku) Ninomiya reading a book with firewood on his back. But Sontoku’s spirit is not only found in Imaichi.

The tranquility of the ancient cedar-lined highway… The sound of flowing water... The vivid green of the cedar leaves.

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Nikko Hotokeiwa 日光仏岩 "Buddha rock" in Nikko
Buddha Crag