Hakone Sekisho

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Hakone Sekisho (箱根関所) is one of historical sites of Hakone. It is the restored ruins of Hakone Sekisho Gate of Tokaido Road. Tokaido is the road that connects Edo and Kyoto. Hakone Sekisyo was the border of Kanto-Edo and western countries. Therefore, Hakone was the entrance of Edo, and Sekisho was very important security system. Sekisho controlled all the travelers, imports and exports. They seriously controlled incoming guns and out going Daimyo's wife. Today, all of the office buildings are restored as they are used to be, and represent the life and scenes of Edo period.

Tourist Info.
There is no parking, but restroom.
Admission: 500 yen for adult, 250 yen for 250 yen. There is a group discount.
Open: 9:00 to 17:00 (closed 16:30 from Dec. to Feb) Last entry 30min. before its close.
Ticket also available for the museum.

0. at Odawara Station.
1. use Local Bus to Hakonesekisho mae.


周圍的地圖 Hakone Sekisho


Hakone Sekisyo was built in 1619. Tokugawa Government built 53 Sekisyo all over Japan. Sekisyo was pass point and gate to check out the all the travelers who travel domains to domains. In Edo period, people are not permitted to travel to other domain without Tegata, a transport permission. The officers of Sekisyo, seriously checked out guns and women. It was called "No incoming guns, and no outgoing women." Edo government highly restricted the importing guns to Edo, and never allows Daimyo's wife to leave Edo.

There are 4 important Sekisyo, Usui, Fukushima, Arai and Hakone. Usui and Fukushima are located on Nakasendo Road, and Arai and Hakone is located on Tokaido Road.

Hakone didn't check seriously about guns, but they were very serious about outgoing women.

It was abandoned after the fall of Edo government. Current structures were reconstructed in 2007. The construction took the traditional way. Therefore, the buildings are not only restored as the looks, but also the structures of traditional Japanese houses and life style.

-Three weapons-
deterrents to the travelers.

-Ashigaru Bansho Office-
Ashigaru used this office. They used it also as a resting place.

-Tomi Bansho (the watch)-
Checking out the ships on Lake Ashi.

-The Kyoto side gate-


-Obansho and Kamiban Resthouse-
The front side is the office of Sekisyo.

Displays guns and bows to frighten the travelers.

-Restroom and kitchen-


Museum displays all kinds of Sekisyo related items, such as wooden sign, Tegata, guns and weapons.

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