It was less than seven miles from Otsu to Kyoto, the imperial capital and terminal stop on the Tokaido. After a toilsome, but varietyfilled journey of ten days or two weeks from Edo one finally arrived at the Great Sanjo Bridge over clear waters of the River Kamo. Here Hiroshige has pictured the bridge with travelers and what appear to be two or three Kyoto women. In the background are Higashiyama, a relatively small mountain whose sides were studded with temples and villas, and Mt. Hiei, which was and is one of the most important Buddhist centers in Japan.
The picture lacks the tenseness of "Nihombashi," where the journey down the Tokaido was begun, but for this very reason it seems an appropriate finis to Hiroshige's album. Though the omposition is fairly ordinary, it has stability and character, and the total effect is restful.