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Address: 1 Hakone, | Ashigarashimo-gun, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0521, Kanagawa Prefecture
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+81 460-83-6635
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Hakone Sekisho (Checkpoint) was one of the most important and famous...

The Hakone Sekisho (Checkpoint) was one of the most important and famous Sekisho throughout Japan. The Sekisho officials carried out severe inspection of travelers especially women between 1619 and 1868. The Hakone Sekisho was perfectly restored in 2007.

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Brief stop

We just stop very briefly in this location during our Mt. Fuji tour. There was a boat ride at this location but not operational due to bad weather. In rest same as usual... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 January 2017
Shanghai Region, China
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Shanghai Region, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We just stop very briefly in this location during our Mt. Fuji tour. There was a boat ride at this location but not operational due to bad weather. In rest same as usual. Restaurants and souvenir shops.

Thank MariusG1579
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This is the immigration checkpoint of the Edo period when the Tokugawa Shogunate was still in power. One of its main duties was to prevent female relatives of the feudal lords (who were kept to live in Edo as a pledge of loyalty) from leaving Edo (now Toyko) without permission. The attraction now consists of two parts : the first... More 

Thank Yan C
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This was a must see for me when my wife and I visited Hakone back in September. It is a short stop along the main attraction road long Lake Ashi. I loved the sense of history you got as you entered through the large gate and into the sekisho, recalling when it had been a major hub for travelers between... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

The Tokaido, linking the cities of Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and Kyoto, was the most important road of the Edo period. A total of fifty-three official post stations (or shukuba) lined the route, providing a place for travellers (and their horses, if any) to rest and fuel up. What is perhaps less well-known is the existence of thirty-five checkpoints (or sekisho)... More 

Thank ianwyj
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

This is not a preserved but a reconstructed tourist spot showing tourists how the checkpoint was like in the past. It was really helpful in understanding how the political atmosphere was like in the Edo era. Many descriptions are in Japanese so it would help to know a bit of the back history before coming here. There is a nice... More 

Thank Janet L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

nice to know the historical era of Japan and can understand why the people can be so obedient with the rule until now.... also you can see and feel the moment at that time...really inspiring...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

This is a reconstitution of the old imperial checkpoint, with the wooden buildings re-built according to original design. One can feel how people were living there at the time, and instructive for children, If you are doing a one day trip in Hakone area, with the ropeway and crossing the lake, then I'd recommend this as well.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

I wouldn't say the Hakone Checkpoint is a must do when visiting Japan but if you are around the area it is worth a look. On a clean day you may also be able to see Mt Fuji. Caught a ferry from the marina and had a basic lunch in the restaurant. The highlight of the day was visiting a... More 

Thank Pete M
Greater Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Reconstructed Edo period checkpoint. Great displays very well thought out and executed. Very impressive array of historical equipment (including matchlocks, Japanese great bows, spears etc) really brought this place to life. Museum exhibit was also good with some signs in English but not all. Even the toilets were charmingly constructed. Usual range of shops nearby but a little more sympathetic... More 

Thank RoadToErudition
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

it is likely showing the edo lifestyle before and its history.well yeah,im not sure if its recreated or preserved.but the view is nice from there,seeing the lake and some boats crossing around the area.

Thank Sheila F

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