This site was originally inspection facility during the Edo Period (1603-1868), built to help keep the city of Edo (former name for Tokyo) safe. It was considered the checkpoint for all parts of Japan. There were as many as 50 different checkpoints in the country during this time, but they were all abandoned when the Edo Period ended. The Hakone Checkpoint is the only checkpoint of that period which has been restored to its original state. In 2007, the facility was rennovated using the techniques and tools from the late-Edo Period. The six meter-high kyoguchi gomon gates are impressive. A climb to toomi bansho, the cabin used for guarding the facility, offers a beautiful view both Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji.
9:00-17:00 (December-February: until 16:30)
Admission until 30 minutes before closing time
Open all year round
45 minutes an up
Accepted Credit Cards
Partial information in English inside the facility
Pamphlets in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean
Hakone Tozan Bus Hakone Sekishoato (154)
Ride the Hakone Tozan bus (Line H) bound for Hakonemachiko from Hakone Yumoto Station (OH51); get off at Hakonesekishoato bus stop (154; about 35 minutes); walk for 2 minutes
Adults 500 yen; children 250 yen (including tax)
Freepass Discount Information
*Information may be in Japanese.
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*Useable only for transfers in Hakone or to the Odakyu Line or the Odawara Hakone Highway Bus.