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[Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Exhibition Hall]

A completely restored "sekisho", where travelers on the Tokaido would be stopped and interrogated

Hakone Sekisho, a key point along the Tokaido during the Edo period, has been faithfully restored. The shogunate government placed sekishos (checkpoints) all over the country, in order to protect the capital, Edo. Strict interrogations would be carried out on travelers at these sekishos. Particularly targeted for investigation were women, as a measure to prevent wives and children of feudal lords from escaping their lives as hostages of the shogunate regime. Sekishos also served to prevent weapons from being brought into Edo illicitly. This strict monitoring of 'incoming guns and outgoing women' continued until the Meiji Government abolished the system in 1869. Sekisho tegata (pass papers) and weapons are on display in the Hakone Sekisho Exhibition Hall.
Address 1 Hakone, Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa
Phone +81-460-83-6635 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:30 p.m.) from March to November
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Last admission at 4:00 p.m.) from December to February
Holidays Open everyday
Admission fee Adults 500 yen, elementary school students 250 yen
* Free for elementary school students and junior high school students on Saturday, Sunday and holidays
Access Take the Hakone Tozan Bus bound for Hakonemachi-ko / the Izu Hakone Bus bound for Hakone-Sekisho-ato from "Odawara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 55 minutes, alight at "Hakone Sekisho-ato" and walk for approx. 2 minutes.
URL http://www.hakonesekisyo.jp/english/index.html

updated on Mar 30, 2018

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