Hiroshige's print of Samegai-juku, part of the The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō series
A view of Samegai-juku from Kamo Shrine (加茂神社 Kamo Jinja).

Samegai-juku (醒井宿 Samegai-juku) was the sixty-first of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendō. It is located in the present-day city of Maibara, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.


Samegai-juku served as an important transportation hub for many centuries and its existence was documented in the Nihon Shoki, which was completed in 720. Many travelers enjoyed its fresh and clear waters from the nearby river and thought of Samegai as a proper resting place.[1]

There are still ten buildings remaining from the Edo period today, giving visitors an idea of how the town looked hundreds of years ago.[2] There is also an archives museum which gives greater detail to the post town's past.

Neighboring post towns

Kashiwabara-juku - Samegai-juku - Banba-juku


  1. Machinami Kaidō Samegai-juku. Accessed July 23, 2007.
  2. Samegai-juku Kankō & Rējā Gaido. Shobunka Publications, Inc. Accessed July 23, 2007.

Coordinates: 35°19′44.4″N 136°21′03.9″E / 35.329000°N 136.351083°E / 35.329000; 136.351083

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