Yui: Satta Pass


Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )

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General Description

From the highest point of the rugged mountain pass overlooking Suruga Bay, a snow-covered Mt. Fuji rises in the distance. In Japanese Inn (1961), a history of the Minaguchiya, a 400-year-old inn on the Tōkaidō, Oliver Statler describes the view from the Satta pass in the following way:

At the highest point of the pass, where the path breaks out of the pines and into the open, there is a breathtaking view, and anyone who finds himself there must turn to drink it in. He faces the great sweep of Suruga Bay and the open Pacific beyond, while waves break into flowers on the rocks far beneath his feet. Yui lies on the shore at his left and Okitsu at his right. Beyond Yui, bathed in mist far off on the left, looms the mountainous coast of Izu.

Adapted from

Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.