Hakone Sekisho, Hakone-machi

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A carefully restored Edo-period traffic checkpoint, Hakone Sekisho once monitored a strategic Tokaido road between Tokyo and Kyoto. Originally built in 1619, the current wooden structure was one of the biggest of all 53 Tokugawa-period checkpoints, focusing mainly on weapons trafficking. Strategically located, the spot also offers great views of Lake Ashi. A great attraction for history buffs, the museum features an impressive collection of matchlocks, great bows, spears, mannequins, documents and other accessories, giving an insight into Japanese politics at the time. You can reach the site easily from Odawara station, but you won't find any onsite parking. Plan your visit to Hakone Sekisho and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hakone-machi trip planner .
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  • October 3, 2017
    Interest in the old military activities in Hakone, beautiful old trees along the promenade. We spend with fun no more.
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  • September 23, 2017
    Hakone's ancient claim to fame was its location as a choke hold on the north-south highway. The outpost is now a museum. Good for a quick look.  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    Museum exhibition requires additional top-up on top of your Hakone Freepass. We decided to just walkthru it so it was nothing much. This area is just 5 mins away from Hakone-machiko pier stop. Once pa...  more »

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