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We drove out along the highway that follows the old route of the Nakasendo, the national road that connected Edo and Kyoto through the mountains.  During the Tokugawa period, the road was marked every "ri" (2.44 miles) with a small hill like this topped by trees.  Unfortunately, pressures for more housing and farm land have destroyed all but two along the old route.
Copyright © 2007, Helen and Steve Rindsberg

We drove out along the highway that follows the old route of the Nakasendo, the national road that connected Edo and Kyoto through the mountains. During the Tokugawa period, the road was marked every "ri" (2.44 miles) with a small hill like this topped by trees. Unfortunately, pressures for more housing and farm land have destroyed all but two along the old route.