As Urami Waterfall cascades from the clouds, travelers pause in wonder on the narrow path beneath this natural meisho (famous place). While the atmosphere of this design springs from Hiroshige’s mind, the topography was likely inspired by meishoki (travel guides). Many landscape artists relied on the illustrations of others to capture a distant landscape. Hiroshige presents a hewn cliffside path, both common to 19th-century depictions of Urami Waterfall and true to reality. However, occasionally one will see iterations of a wooden bridge, as depicted in Okada Kanrin’s Record of Mount Nikko (1837). Today, the former Shimotsuke Province is part of Tochigi Prefecture.