Ino, the daughter of a restaurant owner; Shika, the beautiful, dignified wife of a samurai; and Chou, the proprietress of a sundries shop were the ultimate trio of Bakurocho in Edo in their youth. Now they are all over the age of 30. Each feels depressed about their own circumstances which they cannot tell anyone. One day, they leave behind their work and families all of a sudden and turn out for the Nuke Mairi. The Nuke Mairi is a special pilgrimage to the Ise Grand shrine that was popular among the people during the Edo Period. The three women begin a chaotic journey on foot along the Tokaido, the main road between Kyoto and Edo, with Ise as their goal and the place to begin life anew.
~~ Adapted from the novel Nukemairu by Asai Makate.