Mariko has been a post town since the first Shogun, Yoritomo, granted the area to local warriors in 1189. Chijoya was established as a teahouse there in 1596. In 1601, Tokugawa, who established Edo as Japan's new capital, introduced the post horse system whereby elite and urgent travellers could exchange tired horses for fresh horses at frequent intervals along Tokaido. This encouraged Mariko's rapid development as a post town, busy with couriers, feudal lords, and travellers.
Unassuming Mishima town lies on a plain between Tokyo and Shizuoka. Mishima is nestled between the imposing frame of Mt Fuji to the west, and Izu Peninsula to the east. Japan’s first Shogun, Minamoto Yoritomo was a regular worshipper at Mishima in the 12th century.