Kisokaidō 7th Century

The Kisokaidō was a way through the Mountains, an ancient highway that linked the cities of Kyoto and Tokyo. It runs through the modern-day prefectures of Saitama, Gunma, Nagano, Gifu and Shiga, with a total distance of approximately 534 km.

Dating back to the 7th century, the route was used at its peak during the Edo Period, as one of the Five Highways “Gokaido” designated by the Tokugawa shogunate. The advent of modernization in Japan starting with the Meiji Restoration meant that this ancient route became disused, with parts purposefully removed, including some of the Honjin inns, inns for government officials where the feudal lords stayed.

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