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Hamamatsu Station 

[Kiga Sekisho]

An important spot along the Himekaido, a historic detour around Lake Hamana

Lord Ieyasu had this sekisho (checkpoint) erected in the post town of Kiga in 1601. Kiga Sekisho was located on the "Himekaido", a road which branched off from the Tokaido and passed around Lake Hamana. The road came to be called Himekaido because it was frequently used by ladies and noblewomen, such as the wives and daughters of courtiers and feudal lords. The sekisho became an important point in the protection of Edo itself, and also of towns like Hakone and Arai. The Kabuki-mon, Hon-bansho, Tomi-bansho and so on have all been restored, and visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of a sekisho of the Edo period.
Address 4577 Kiga, Hosoe-cho, Kita-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka
Phone +81-53-523-2855 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Holidays Year-end and New Years
Admission fee Adults 200 yen, junior high school students and under Free, 70 years and over Free upon presentation of driver's license, etc.
* Admission fee will be 150 yen for adults from April 1st, 2015.
Access Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Hamamatsu Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 5 minutes, alight at "Shinjohara Station" and take the Tenryu Hamanako Railway for approx. 50 minutes, alight at "Kiga Station" and walk for 3 minutes.
URL http://www.kigasekisho.com/
Photo credit Hamamatsu Visitors and Convention Bureau

updated on May 22, 2015

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