Authors Peggy and Denis Warner travelled the Tokaido Road many times in their lifetime. Their exploration of the road and study of its history identified it as something truly great.
The most fascinating highway so prominent in Japanese history emerges in the book as completely alluring. As the eastern sea route linking Kyoto and Tokyo, it has been a vital part of the making of Japan. Published in 1979, the book is a story of the rise of modern Japan.
The book is illustrated with the landscapes of Utagawa Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido. As the great master of the Japanese woodblock, the talented artist's scenes capture every aspect of travelling this mysterious road in the nineteenth century.