Tokyo - Hiroshige Ukiyo-e - The 53 Stations of the Tokaido - Part I

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Hiroshige Ukiyo-e - The 53 Stations of the Tokaido - Part I

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(22 reviews)
NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
45 mins

About the tour

Part 1 (Eastern half) - from Edo (Tokyo) to the Oi River “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido” by Utagawa Hiroshige is a series of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints published in 1833-1834. This series depicted the views and scenes at the travel stations on the busy major road called the Tokaido (East Sea Route), which connected Edo (current Tokyo) and Kyoto, two major cities in Japan. This Ukiyo-e series vividly depicted landscapes, streets, and people and became an enormous hit because of the travel boom at that time. On this tour, we will visit an exhibition at the gallery and see the superfine replicas of “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.” The digital remaster technology uses two-billion-pixel digital data to make one replica. It allows you to look at every detail of the print from the famous series with closeups under the bright light. There will be two different tours on this series: Part I is the eastern half of the Tokaido, starting from Edo (Tokyo), and Part II is the western half of the road ending at Kyoto. You will also see super-fine replicas of oil paintings by the Impressionists who Japanese Ukiyo-e inspired. Why don’t you go back to 19th century pre-modern Japan and travel virtually on the Tokaido together? (This tour is made possible by the great support by NTT East Corporation and NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan)

Meet Yusuke


Japan has an incredible list of interesting aspects to explore. Be it history, culture, art, tradition, religion, or culinary delights - with Yusuke, you’ll get to discover all that Japan has to offer. Yusuke is a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter in Japan. Before foraying into the exciting world of travel and tourism, he worked in the IT industry for over three decades. If you're looking to understand Japanese business culture and social issues, he's your go-to guide. On his tours, you get to see one of the biggest megalopolises in the world, while learning about traditional Japanese culture and ideas. If you're lucky, you might find yourself getting a glimpse of old charming alleys or karaoke bars. He'll make sure you're welcomed, comfortable, and enjoy learning something new. Join his tour and explore “live” Japan together!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Tokyo with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Tokyo. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Gill C.

03 September 2021

Yusuke's tours are always exceptional. They are so unique and interesting and he is such a kind and gentle guide.

Lisa R.

05 August 2021

Yusuke's tours are always a peaceful journey. This tour was a wonderful combination of art and history. I learned so much about this beautiful art form and am looking forward to part 2.

Margaret H.

31 July 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the pictures. Coincidentally I have a small picture of one of the stations, I think it was number 16, and I quickly ran downstairs to check it was the same as mine. I purchased it in Japan about 10 years ago.

Dorcas S.

31 July 2021

Wonderful privilege to have prints described with interesting facts, like yam broth, the local fish, the tengu mask, etc. The last print has special significance, spiritual message, example of artist’s appreciation of negative space.

Essex Babs 🌞🇬🇧 U.

31 July 2021

Excellent tour with Yusuke telling us all about the beautiful replica prints. So calm and interesting. Thankyou so much

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