Separated from Maisaka by about two miles of water, Arai was the site of a government inspection barrier-the next in importance to the one at Hakone.
This is to be seen at the extreme right in Hiroshige's print. The original version of the picture, which is shown here, bears the title "Ferry Boats," but in later printings this was changed to " The Barrier at Arai." The barrier compound is still largely intact today.
A passage in Hizakurige comments on the dullness of the ferry ride across Imagiri and says that many of the passengers simply went to sleep.
In Hiroshige's print one man is indeed yawning, and the other people's heads are bent downward, but this latter posture may be coincidental, since Hiroshige used it for people in many of his other prints.