[Ruins of the Oi River Crossing Toll Gate (Shimada City Museum)]
See where traders and travelers crossed the Oi River, one of the most dangerous places on the Tokaido
Shimada was once a post town on the Tokaido, the long road between Edo and Kyoto. The twenty-third station from Edo, Shimada flourished as the point where travelers crossed the Oi River. No bridges or boats were allowed on the Oi River, so in order to cross, travelers had no choice but to rely on the help of "river-crossers", who carried travelers across the river on their backs with the help of palanquins and other devices. The crossing fee changed daily depending on the width and depth of the river. In what remains of the toll gate, visitors can see the original ticket office. Along with the reconstructed townscape, it offers a glimpse of life in the Edo period.
|Posted photos||Main Ruins of the Oi River Crossing Toll Gate
Side Upper: A palanquin, Bottom: The ticket office
|Address||Kawara 1-5-50, Shimada City, Shizuoka|
|Phone||Shimada City Museum
+81-547-37-1000 (Japanese only)
|Opening hours||9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:30 p.m.)|
|Holidays||Every Monday (the following weekday if Monday is a holiday), year-end and New Year's, etc.
* Some unscheduled holidays.
|Admission fee||Shimada City Museum
Adults 300 yen
Children (junior high schooll age and under) Free
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 20 minutes and alight at "Shimada Station". Take the Shizutetsu Justline bus bound for Kanaya Shimada Municipal Hospital for approx. 8 minutes, alight at "Mukajima Nishi", and walk for approx. 10 minutes.|
|URL||Shimada City Museum・Ruins of the Oi River Crossing Toll Gate
updated on Mar 25, 2019
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