Travelers from Kanaya proceeded about four miles on an uphill course to Nissaka, near which they passed the celebrated Night-weeping Stone (yonakiisbi). Legend has it that one night long ago a pregnant woman from Nissaka set out for Kanaya to see her husband, but was attacked and killed on the way by bandits. Her blood fell on a stone, which ever since has wept every night in sorrow for her. The story goes on to say that the goddess Kannon appeared in the image of a priest, took the child from the dead woman's body, and gave him to another woman to raise. When he grew up, he sought out his mother's murderers and took revenge upon them.
Hiroshige's print focuses attention on the stone, which is being examined by curious travelers. The reisho and gyösho versions also center upon the stone,but neither shows the magnificent sharp slope at the right, which is depicted here with verve.