The Ukiyo-e Route

【The Ukiyo-e Route】

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What is the Ukiyo-e Route?

The Shoryudo truly offers a diverse array of tourist attractions. During the early modern period, the artist Utagawa Hiroshige created ukiyo-e paintings that depicted the 53 post towns along the Tokaido highway that connected Edo (Tokyo) with Kyoto, in a style that influenced the Western impressionists. Along the Ukiyo-e Route, you can visit castles and historic battlefields associated with the three great samurai warriors, including Tokugawa Ieyasu, who established peace in early modern Japan—the era in which Hiroshige lived—after surviving a period of war. You can also ride the Shinkansen bullet train that runs alongside the Tokaido highway from that period and see the region’s manufacturing industry up close.

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Experiencing Samurai Culture and Traditional Techniques

Day 1・Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site ▶ Nagahama ▶ Hikone (Overnight in Hikone)Show details
【Route 1】Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site → Walking around Hikone (Hikone Castle, glass-blowing activities, and more)
【Route 2】Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site → Walking around Nagahama (Mubyotan [six-shrine] tour, Kurokabe Square, and more) → Hikone Soba, Omi beef dishes, Hikone rice bowls, and more
Day 2・Hikone ▶ Sekigahara ▶ Nagoya ▶ Laguna Ten Bosch (Overnight in Gamagori Onsen Village)Show details
Hikone → Walking around Sekigahara (Sekigahara battleground, 20 tourist attractions) → Walking around Nagoya(Kiyosu Castle, Nagoya Castle [Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai], SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, Oasis 21 and TV Tower, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Noritake Garden, and more) → Walking around Laguna Ten Bosch Nagoya cuisine (hitsumabushi eel, miso pork cutlets, miso udon noodles, chicken wings, kishimen noodles, and more)
Day 3・Gamagori Onsen Village ▶ Toyota ▶ Okazaki ▶ Hamamatsu (Overnight in Hamamatsu)Show details
Gamagori Onsen Village → Walking around Toyota (Toyota Kaikan Museum, Toyota plant tours, and more) → Walking around Okazaki (Okazaki Castle, Hatcho Miso no Sato, and more) → Walking around Hamamatsu (Suzuki Plaza, Maisaka-juku post town sub-honjin, Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments, Hamamatsu Castle, Hamana Lake, Hamamatsu Flower Park, and more) Dishes made using miso, Hamamatsu eel, Hamamatsu gyoza, and more
Day 4・Hamamatsu ▶ Shizuoka (Overnight in Shizuoka)Show details
Walking around Shizuoka (Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art, Kunouzan Toshogu Shrine, World Heritage Site Miho no Matsubara, and more) Shizuoka oden, sakura shrimp, and more
Day 5・Shizuoka ▶ Mt. Fuji ▶ Premium OutletsShow details
Shizuoka → Walking around the western foothills of Mt. Fuji (World Heritage Site Mt. Fuji, Sengen Taisha Shrine, World Heritage Site Shiraito Falls, Mt. Fuji trekking [including family-oriented 2-hour treks], and more) → Walking around the Gotemba Premium Outlets Fujinomiya yakisoba, Mikuriya soba, and more

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Dragon Course

This route, which symbolizes the Shoryudo, is shaped like a dragon rising to the sky with the Noto Peninsula as its head.

Nostalgic Course

This route let you experience the spirit of the Japanese people, providing encounters with the nation’s good old days.

Great Nature Course

This route puts you in touch with the bustle and magnificence of the great outdoors, including mountains, fantastically-shaped rocks, and ancient lakes.

Ukiyo-e Course

This route lets you enjoy crafts and experience castles related to the samurai, who played a formative role in the period we see depicted in ukiyo-e paintings.

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