Hakone Sekisho, Hakone Sekisho Exhibition Hall

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This sekisho (inspection facility), one of more than 50 which were placed around Japan during the Edo period, is the only one in the country which has been completely restored to its original appearance. The structure underwent major renovations to completely restore it in 2007 based on detailed historical materials dating to the time when it underwent large-scale repairs at the end of the Edo period. The adjoining scenic square offers a sweeping view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi and has become a popular place to take amazing photos for posting on Instagram and other social network sites, but take one step into the inspection facility itself and it's like you've gone back in time to the Edo period. The adjoining museum displays some 130 items divided into 13 themes, including a miniature recreation of the traveling daimyo samurai lord processions which were common sights in the Edo period, permits used to pass through the inspection facility and other documents created at that time, records of the strict inspections which were conducted of women leaving Edo, and tools kept at the facility. There are also numerous records of fascinating incidents which occurred, such as the time an elephant passed through the facility.

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Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Hakone 1 map map Map
9:00-17:00(Last entry16:30)
[Dec.- Feb.]9:00-16:30(Last entry16:00)
open everyday
[Admission fee to view]
[Children(Elementary School Students)]250yen
Parking Lot
Not available (Please use nearby parking lot)
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club) *Credit/electronic payment is only available at the museum shop (not available for paying admission fees)
Not available
English Menu
Available (English pamphlet available)
Temporary suspension:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 7, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Possible (Some parts of the Hakone Sekisho restoration facility have steps, etc., so it is not possible to tour)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Possible (needs to be placed in a cage, held, etc.)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Nice Wee Place
    4.0 Reviewed : 2022.10.24
    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 :)
  • Historical Stop
    3.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.02
    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...
  • Old samurai village near lake ashi
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.10.01
    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

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