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A historical facility that completely reconstructs an Edo-period barrier station.
After Ieyasu Tokugawa entered the Kanto region and established the Edo shogunate, the importance of the Tokaido highway connecting Edo and Kyoto increased, and it was necessary to strictly control the entry and exit of people to maintain the security of Edo. Hakone, known as "Hakone Hachi RI", with its steep mountain roads, was an ideal location because it was difficult to find a way through, so in Genna 5 (1619), a barrier was established by Lake Ashinoko.
The Hakone Sekisho was also abolished due to the total abolition of the Sekisho in Meiji2 (1869)., but in Heisei 19 (2007), based on excavations and historical documents, the restoration of the large guardhouse and the Kamiban resting place were completed and opened to the public.
As the saying goes, "In with the guns, out with the women". At the Sekisho at that time, the weapons entering Edo and the women leaving Edo were especially monitored. However, the Imakiri barrier (located on the shores of Lake Hamana) was responsible for checking weapons, while the Hakone barrier did not conduct any special checks, but was strict about women. Based on a passing bill with detailed physical characteristics, it is said that a person called Hitomi-onna untied and checked the hair tied by women. In the museum, a doll is used to recreate the process called "De-onna Aratame".
Photo courtesy of Tourism Division, Planning and Tourism Department, Hakone Town
A historical facility where you can learn about the Edo period.
A fully reconstructed barrier using the technology and tools of the time.
There is also a museum that displays bills of customs, old documents, and travel tools of the time.
You can see the whole view of Sekisho and the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji over Lake Ashinoko from "Toumi Bansho" which is located up the stone steps.
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1 Hakone, Hakonemachi, Ashigarashimogun, Kanagawa
- Open every day
- 9:00am-5:00pm (December-February 9:00am-4:30pm)
- Adults: 500 yen, children: 250 yen
1) Approx. 55 minutes by bus from Odawara Station on the Shinkansen, JR Tokaido Line, Odakyu Electric Railway Odawara Line, Hakone Tozan Railway, and Izu Hakone Railway Oyuzan Line, 2 minutes walk from the bus stop
2) Approx. 40 minutes by bus from Hakone-Yumoto Station on the Hakone Tozan Railway. 2 minutes walk from the bus stop.
3) Disembark from Hakone-Ashi-no-ko sightseeing boat at Hakone Sekisho Ato Port, 2 minutes walk from the boat.
4) Disembark at Hakone-machi Port on the Hakone Pirate Boat and walk 5 minutes.
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)