From Hodogaya, it was a distance of around five' miles to Totsuka, which today is also a part of Yokohama. This was the point where travelers who had set out from Edo in the early morning spent their first night, having covered a distance of about twenty-three miles during the day.
The shop shown in the print was that of a rice merchant. It is still in existence today, and the sign hanging above the horse has been preserved. The milepost by the stone lantern near the center of the picture reveals that the road going toward the bridge led to Kamakura. Two recently-discovered signposts have been put forward as the original of this, but since neither of them bears exactly the same legend, and since Hiroshige was ordinarily very faithful in copying inscriptions of this sort, it may be assumed that he was working from a different model. The location, incidentally, is about half a mile from the present-day Totsuka Station.
In this picture the man is descending from the horse, but in a later version of the same print he is getting on it. The pictures of Totsuka in the reisho and gyösho versions show a tree-lined section of the Tokaido just outside the town.