About eight miles down the mountain from Hakone lay Mishima, which was famous for its great Shinto shrine. It was at this shrine in 1180 that Minamoto no Yoritomo (1149–1199), then in exile from the capital at Kyoto, to vowed take up arms against the government.
Yoritomo eventually defeated his enemies and established a shogunate at Kamakura, and the Minamoto clan afterward regarded the Mishima Shrine with special reverence. In Hiroshige's picture it is shown on the right.
The print is one of the best in the Tokaido series. Choosing an early morning scene, the artist has attempted to recreate the actualities of travel by enveloping the background in a soft mist. His approach is somewhat sentimental, but the result is effective, and the use of light and dark colors to reproduce the mist is technically expert.