The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tôkaidô (Tate-e Edition): #11 Hakone, Crossing the Pass at Night

Accession Number

The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tôkaidô (Tate-e Edition): #11 Hakone, Crossing the Pass at Night

Utagawa Hiroshige

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
color woodblock print on paper

13 7/16 in x 9 in (34.13 cm x 22.86 cm);19 3/8 in x 14 3/8 in (49.21 cm x 36.51 cm);18 in x 13 1/16 in (45.72 cm x 33.18 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Label copy
Hakone, erected in 1619, was the tenth station along the Tôkaidô Road and one of the largest checkpoints. These stations were in charge of checking travel papers, monitoring weaponry, and stopping the wives and children of feudal lords from fleeing Edo. The Hakone Pass was the most challenging part of the road because it was very steep and difficult to climb. The area was also known for its many roaming bandits. Despite these drawbacks, the pass continued to attract visitors because of its scenic views and hot springs resorts.
Spring/Summer Gallery Rotation 2015

Subject matter
From the 'Vertical Tokaido' series, travelers make their way up the steep climb of Hakone, considered one of the most difficult portions of the Tokaido road. The travelers must also be prepared for attack by roaming bandits.

Physical Description
Several travelers are walking up along the mountain path. Some carry heavy goods, and some hold touches. There are trees on the edge of the road. A river flows below cut a steep-sided canyon between the two mountains. The title is written in the red box on the right side of the print, and there is also a yellow box next to it and a red box on the lower left side.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area

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natural landscapes
torches (lighting devices)
travelers (people by activity)
water (inorganic material)
woodcuts (prints)

3 Related Resources

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
Landscape and Nature, Comparative and Historical
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)

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