Fuchu, which lies about six miles southwest of Ejiri on the banks of the Abe River, has now grown into the city of Shizuoka. It has been a provincial capital off and on since ancient times, and the scenery in and around it has
inspired many poems. Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, had his vassals build a castle for him here, and in 1607, after he handed his office over to his son, the castle became his place of retirement. It has long
since burned down.
The scene shows three ladies being carried across the Abe River by porters. It was the custom for rich people to ride in palanquins, but for ordinary people to ride piggy-back. The three travelers are probably the daughter of a samurai and her two attendants.