Hakone Checkpoint (Hakone Sekisho)

Travel Guide - Hakone Checkpoint (Hakone Sekisho)


During the Edo period (1603 – 1868), a nationwide road network was developed in Japan; along the way many Sekisho (checkpoints) were established for the purpose of inspecting travelers and loads.
Hakone Sekisho, established in 1619, was one of the most important checkpoints to protect Edo (Tokyo) from the western part of Japan.

The current buildings on the site are historically accurate restorations.
A small museum displays artifacts of that era, such as travel certificates, officials' diaries and samurai weaponry.
A few minutes' walk to the north along Route 1 is a remaining section the ancient trail that travelers of the Edo period passed along.
It is flanked with imposing cedar trees said to be more than 350 years old.

Opening Hours

  • 9:00 - 16:30
  • 9:00 - 16:00 (December - February)


  • No closing days

Access / Public Transport

  • 44 minutes from Hakone-Yumoto Station on the Hakone Tozan Line or Odakyu Line by the bus bound for Hakone-machi. Get off at Sekisho-ato-iriguchi Bus stop.

Address / Location

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KCP International @KCPJapanese - 2021-08-20
The sekisho or “toll barriers”, controlled the traffic of people and goods on the highways as checkpoints. Hakone’s… https://t.co/Z4MwSEpndU
Sarah Louisa @SarahLouisaTYO - 2020-09-26
The Hakone Checkpoint (Sekisho) site was originally an inspection facility during the Edo Period (1603-1868), built… https://t.co/6utRmIj2Pp
Japan This! @JapanThis - 2020-09-23
@toranosukev Have you seen the procession mock up at the Hakone Sekisho museum? It’s really detailed. It doesn’t sh… https://t.co/x3ICxkiMt2
The Travel Junkie @TravelJunkieID - 2020-08-06
[Blog Post] Walking Around National Historic Sites Hakone Sekisho Ato https://t.co/U0CjQBZkh3
The Japan News @The_Japan_News - 2020-05-27
The widely popular #HakoneSekisho reopens its doors to the public after 50 days of #lockdown.
#touristattraction… https://t.co/nD6ZFiJiMC
John @johnqjn - 2020-05-21
@Colin_P_A_Jones Hakone Sekisho gonna make a comeback! The mannequins will be out of work! 😱
The Travel Junkie @TravelJunkieID - 2020-03-24
[Blog Post] Walking Around National Historic Sites Hakone Sekisho Ato https://t.co/N1LdnsUflR
Onsen Musume Official @onsen_musume_en - 2020-02-27
Hakone Saya's Cookies now available at
Hakone Sekisho Tabinomonogatarikan!


It's… https://t.co/r0doD7AWpP
South of Tokyo,神奈川 @Visit_Kanagawa - 2019-11-28
Sekisho Karakuri Museum, located near #Hakone Sekisho, specializes in wooden mosaic work. The #museum boasts a coll… https://t.co/8hOhEElYkn
Paul Okami @cutswood - 2019-06-07
Hakone sekisho adventures yesterday. This was a checkpoint for people traveling along the Tokaido, or east sea road… https://t.co/AJjctZWHAi
Terry Lee @tkylee - 2019-05-17
The Hakone Sekisho - the gateway from Edo to Kyoto @ 箱根関所 https://t.co/2J0j0e7haa
YRC英会話 @YRC_Okada - 2019-05-14
③There are also a lot of historical sites., namely Hakone Sekisho (Hakone Check Point), Hakone Jinja Shrine, the re… https://t.co/A308CSjKI7
SPIRIT(スピリット) @tkt058 - 2019-03-18
In Edo period, if people passed the checkpoint with no checkpoint bill, they had the guilty named “sekisho-yaburi”,… https://t.co/mxzTErljtM
Japan This! @JapanThis - 2019-02-18
@SvensRekishikan Coming from Hakone you’d pass thru the Hakone Sekisho, but once you got to Edo you’d pass thru the Takanawa Ōkido.
Alex "Boreal" Forrest 🚉 @380kmh - 2019-02-14
@spacefracking Japan literally had these during the Edo period (they are called Sekisho and they feature in EU4), I… https://t.co/xwqk8UPAbN
SPIRIT(スピリット) @tkt058 - 2019-02-12
Hakone is famous of #theHakoneCheckpoint, called “sekisho” in Edo period, and a tragedy of Ms.Otama.
#Hakone… https://t.co/tUYUHQRyqn
TourGuideAkiko @tourguideakiko - 2019-01-18
Hakone Sekisho is under repair works till Feb.25. #箱根関所 #工事 #箱根 #Хаконэ #Япония #путешествие #ремонт… https://t.co/ZQwhiMx4GA
japantrip @japantrip_jp - 2018-08-27
Hakone Sekisho established by the Tokugawa shogunate in Tokaido during the Edo period. Hakone Sekisho Exhibition Ha… https://t.co/B4wHFLV4o1
Susan Spann @SusanSpann - 2018-08-01
The watchtower at the Hakone Barrier (sekisho) - once a vital checkpoint for travelers moving between Kyoto and Edo… https://t.co/mTEpB8Ueem
Travis @toranosukev - 2018-02-14
Have never been to Hakone. Thinking of visiting the Arai sekisho this summer maybe. https://t.co/YwwIQQOtfN
Japan This! @JapanThis - 2018-02-13
Visited the Hakone Sekisho (an #EdoPeriod checkpoint on the old Tōkaidō Highway) and picked up this collection of H… https://t.co/X2GQ9I6Y7w
All About Japan @AllAbout_Japan - 2018-01-06
The Hakone Sekisho was one of 53 checkpoints used by the Tokugawa to maintain control over Japan's population. Now… https://t.co/SmrR60QTsE
The Travel Junkie @TravelJunkieID - 2017-09-11
Walking Around National Historic Sites Hakone Sekisho Ato https://t.co/A8TSZ9EORK
#travel #ttot #tj
The Wadas @TheWadas - 2017-07-16
#Hakone #Sekisho is a checkpoint in the #Edo era where every traveler would have to pass… https://t.co/hllV90sEa2 https://t.co/netVstN9vp
The Travel Junkie @TravelJunkieID - 2017-06-25
Walking Around National Historic Sites Hakone Sekisho Ato https://t.co/U4yz7D8z83
#travel #ttot #tj
Sandra Hansen @sandyrha - 2017-06-14
Hakone Sekisho- this was a military checkpoint during the Edo era in 1619. It was to keep arms from entering Edo... https://t.co/opFECFQdGZ
Edward Suzuki @esa_edward - 2017-06-03
Rally rest stops in Sekisho (Old Customs Gate) and Hakone Open Air Museum.
Japan Backpacker @JapanBackpacker - 2017-05-15
Hakone Sekisho, 1619.
Main purpose of checkpoint was to control arms entering Edo and woman attempting to leave Edo. https://t.co/ecCYK4l2A0
Akshata Srinath @imshakataak - 2017-04-14
Just posted a photo @ Hakone Sekisho https://t.co/EyWBld9JnK
The Travel Junkie @TravelJunkieID - 2017-03-04
Walking Around National Historic Sites Hakone Sekisho Ato https://t.co/U4yz7D8z83
#travel #ttot #tj