Haneda sanpo! (Walking to Haneda Airport) 羽田空港への散歩

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Can I walk to Haneda airport? Please read on for an account of a late-night sanpo/sampo 散歩…

1.  The road more traveled

In Edo-period Japan the Tōkaidō 東海道 road linked the shōgun’s capital, Edo (modern-day Tokyo), with the emperor’s capital, Kyoto, allowing the shogun to maintain administrative control over Japan.

Shinagawa, the first stage of the Tōkaidō after leaving Edo

The 303-mile (488 km) coastal road was dotted with 53 government-sanctioned post stations that supplied food and lodging for travelers; known as shukuba 宿場 or shukueki 宿駅, the stations or “stages” have reached popular imagination through The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō 東海道五十三次, a series of ukiyo-e woodcut prints created by Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重 circa 1830’s.  The Tokaido was used for the transport of letters and lightweight goods, travel, and military use.

The Tokaido is generally not used for walking to Haneda Airport 羽田空港.

2.  The road less traveled

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