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[Arai Sekisho]

The only remaining checkpoint built by Ieyasu Tokugawa

Arai Sekisho was under direct government control, and security was among the tightest of all the sekishos (checkpoints) set up across the nation to protect the Edo shogunate government. The sekisho served to prevent unauthorized weapons from being taken into Edo, but this was not its only purpose: women had a special loathing of having to pass through, as the checkpoint's other main function was to make sure that wives and children of feudal lords staying in Edo could not leave the capital without permission. This dual purpose was summed up in the phrase "Incoming guns and outgoing women". This is the only sekisho which still exists today along the main road, and the inside of the building has been reproduced to show what it was like during the Edo period. Visitors can see written notes, pass papers and other documents and equipment in the adjoining museum.
Posted photos Main Arai Sekisho
Two photos Upper Arai Sekisho Archives, lower Tsuko tegata (travel pass)
 
Address 1227-5, Arai, Arai-cho, Kosai-shi, Shizuoka
Phone +81-53-594-3615 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
Holidays Every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), Year-end and New Years, open everyday in August
Admission fee Adults 310 yen, children 100 yen
Common admission ticket for Arai Sekisho and Kinokuniya (sale of tickets ends at 3:45 p.m.) Adults 410 yen, elementary and junior high school students 150 yen
Access Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Hamamatsu Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 16 minutes, alight at "Arai-machi Station" and walk for approx. 8 minutes.
URL http://hamaguru.com/sekisho/
http://www.city.kosai.shizuoka.jp/2294.htm
Collection Arai Sekisho Archives

updated on May 22, 2015

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