25  Nissaka "Sayo-no Nakayama"

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A slope between Kanaya and Nissaka is called "Sayo-no Nakayama." As described in the "Dochu-ki" travel journal, the road climbs steeply for over 16 cho (about 1.75 km). Hiroshige exaggerates the incline and shows two bearers of an empty palanquin sighing and groaning as they gaze up at the long climb ahead of them. The massive rock on the road that some travelers, including a mother and her daughter, are looking at is "Yonakiishi" (rock that weeps at night). According to a local legend, the soul of a pregnant woman murdered by a mountain robber found its way into this round rock, which from that time onward weeps every night.