On the beach of Toba Bay, the town of Toba served as a starting point for many pilgrims venturing to the shrines of Ise Province. Given the topography, the bay provided safe haven for boats during rough weather. While larger ships anchor in the foreground, the white sails of distant boats grow smaller until they disappear into the pink horizon line. Through this diminishing scale, Hiroshige emphasizes the expansiveness of the sea. Shima Province was the smallest of the provinces and today makes up a peninsula of southeastern Mie Prefecture.