During the Edo Period in Japan, tourists and other travelers followed a popular route between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. This route was on the Pacific coast side of Japan, and so was called the Tokaido Road, meaning East Sea Road. Artists of the time made paintings and woodblock prints showing scenes along the way. The most important series, The Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido, created by Ando Hiroshige, illustrated the rest stops and scenic beauty found along that road.