Numazu is situated about three and a half miles from Mishima at the point where the Kano River flows into the sea.
It is particularly famous for its Forest of a Thousand Pines, which stretches along the seashore. It is often said that the river in the print shown here is the Kano, but it is more likely the Kise, which flows into the Kano just above Numazu.
The time is early evening, and a group of Buddhist pilgrims are wearily
making their way to a resting place probably a cheap inn where they will be given a patch of wooden floor to sleep on.
The huge maski with the long nose is of a type carried in processions at the Kompira Shrine in Shikoku, and it may be supposed that this is the destination of the travelers shown here.
Though Hiroshige was skilled at moonlit scenes, this is the only print in the Tokaido series with a moon. Characteristically, while allowing the trees to cut into the silver disc in a fashion that could hardly be described as realistic, he nevertheless captured the feeling of a moonlit night with excellent effect.