Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
*Oshukaidō (oh-shew-ki-doh). Great north road that stretches up the eastern coastal plain of Honshū. Oshukaidō led to the remote province of Oshu, at the northeastern end of the island of Honshū. Bashō followed this road for six weeks.
*Shirakawa barrier (shee-rah-kah-wah). Checkpoint along the north road where all travelers had to stop. The barrier marked the boundary between the cultured world dominated by Edo and the wild lands of the north.
*Ichinoseki (ee-chee-noh-seh-kee). Village in Oshu Province where Bashō turned inland to travel west into the rugged mountains and forests. In the mountains, he met the Yamabushi, hermit priests, and spent a week in their sanctuary.
*Hokurikudō (hoh-kew-ree-kew-doh). Highway along the western Japan Sea coast of Honshū. Bashō walked this road back toward the south for two and half months.
*Ogaki (oh-gah-kee). The town in Mino Province, in southern Honshū, where Bashō finished his journey in October, 1689.