Edo Kyoto The Tokaido, or Eastern Sea Road, linked Edo, today’s Tokyo, with Kyoto more than 300 miles further west. Japan was ruled from Edo by the Shogunate, a military government which strictly controlled the country and kept it isolated from the rest of the world from the early seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth century.  Kyoto, in contrast, was the residence of the Emperor.  As such the Tokaido connected the country’s political capital with its spiritual counterpart.  For much of Japanese history, it was the country’s busiest road: a veritable artery that connected its heart with its spirit. THE ROAD To follow the Tokaido on Google Earth, click on the porter To read washi’s Google Earth Community post on how he mapped the Tokaido, click here.