Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum

Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum

Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum
3.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Norwich, UK133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Quite a little complex. A major transport hub in ancient time where travellers would pay a toll to cross. More museum areas than you'd think, with stable and living quarters etc. Quite interesting.
Written 1 March 2024
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dundeetravellermrshc
Dundee, UK2,995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Visited as part of our bus tour. Free entry, luvly place beautiful views, sadly not the best day weather wise for us. Great shops for gifts etc Worth a visit :)
Written 24 October 2022
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Josh the Travel Guy
Halifax, Canada235 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Hakone checkpoint museum is one of the best ways to experience the history of this section of Japan. Located close to other tourist attractions, this mostly outdoor museum sits along the eastern shore of Lake Ashi.

At 500 JPY or $6.00 CDN, the admission fee is well worth the cost. Within the outdoor section of the museum, you’ll visit the reconstructed buildings that made up the checkpoint - a border control stop between the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Here you will learn about the importance of this checkpoint, and why this location was chosen to become the most strict and regulated border crossing within the country.

Be sure to climb up the hill at the back (there are stairs) to get to the watch towers. Here you have a view of the museum, the lake, and on a nice day, Mount Fuji in the distance.

As you continue along the path, you’ll come to an indoor section of the museum where you can see models of the long processions of people marched from cities such of Kyoto to Tokyo as a display of power and wealth, and why Tokyo loved this so-called “display of power” as a defence tactic.

I would give yourself 1-2 hours to visit this location. We paired this with the boat tour of lake ashi and still had a lot of time remaining in our day.

The museum has information in Japanese and is self-guided. I recommend picking up an English pamphlet as it contains information about each station as well as a map.

It’s a fantastic stop to learn about some history and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys knowing the background of the area they are visiting.
Written 2 February 2020
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MichaelJT19
Melbourne, Australia418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
The village is pretty nice and has some great views over the lake. If youre into history you can learn a bit about what samurai life was like back in the day
Written 1 October 2019
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PARIVRAAJK
Chamba, India44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
It was amazing to witness how the travellers use to travel and it was controlled by the officials. Very nicely done.
Written 2 July 2019
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Trendonz
New Zealand82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Couples
The buildings are well set out and have figures in them capturing what life way back then was like. The pamphlet gives you some but not enough info about the Checkpoint and it’s purpose. The view from the top of the hill is great, although you can get it at the gardens down the road as well. If spending a day in Motohakone, I’d recommend it as the walk from the village is interesting as well.
Written 2 July 2019
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WintersummerJ
San Jose Metro, Costa Rica73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The checkpoint itself is very small, but the restoration makes it a very insteresting location.
Worth noting that with the free pass you can walk across the checkpoint without paying as long as you don't stop to look around the buildings and such.
Written 16 June 2019
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Rob C
New York City, NY807 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The Checkpoint was situated between pirate ship ride on Lake Ashi and Cedars Avenue, so I stopped in. It was worth a visit particularly to see jail, bows and arrows and lookout ooint
Written 31 May 2019
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Link2Leo
Yokohama, Japan191 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I saw a sign in English w/in the Checkpoint Grounds that said 'this stable had space for 5 horses, but only 2 were kept here'. Ok. Wow.
Actually, you can walk through the middle part of the checkpoint for free w/out access to the buildings exteriors that are roped offend require a ticket. It's a cheesy tourist attraction for all the foreign visitors to the playground Hakone is. I lived here for 20 years and was interested in visiting but realized why I never went. If you wasted your ¥¥, go up on the lookout bluff, as others mentioned.
Written 13 May 2019
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Yasuhiro Mochizuki
Shizuoka, Japan43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The precisely restored buildings show how this check point works until the end of 19th century. From the top of the hill behind the checkpoint, you can observe the whole scenery of Hakone area.
Written 1 May 2019
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