Kusatsu, one of the 'Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido', c. 1806. The Tokaido was the eastern sea route connecting Kyoto to Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Lying about ten kilometres west of Ishibe, Kusatsu was one of the busier stations on the Takaido because it was the point at which the road to the central mountainous area branched off.

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