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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kanto - Kanagawa - Hakone
Old Tokaido and Hakone Checkpoint
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Hakone Checkpoint

Hakone used to be an important checkpoint to control traffic along the Tokaido (C, Tōkaidō), the highway which linked Tokyo with Kyoto during the feudal Edo Period. Today, a short, cedar lined passage of the old Tokaido and a reconstruction of the Hakone Checkpoint (֏, Hakone Sekisho) are located between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi along the shore of Lake Ashinoko.

In spring 2007, the reconstruction of the Hakone Checkpoint was completed after three years of construction work. The checkpoint now appears true to its original form, including gates, fence, housing for officers and foot soldiers, a prison chamber and a lookout tower. The Hakone Sekisho Shiryokan, a small museum with various related exhibits, stands nearby.

Cedar Avenue between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi

It is possible to walk a longer passage of the old Tokaido (also referred to as Kyu-kaido, X) between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-Yumoto. Some of the original stone pavement remains, and the best preserved section leads from Moto-Hakone to Hatajuku (75-100 minutes) via the Amazake Chaya, a tea house serving amazake (hot, sweet rice wine) and various Japanese style snacks.

A few steps past the Amazake Chaya stands the Tokaido Museum, a small museum which features life size reconstructions explaining the purpose of and life along the long road to Tokyo. Between Hatajuku and Hakone-Yumoto (90-120 minutes), the trail follows the road, which is neither particularly scenic nor pleasant to walk due to car traffic and the absence of a side walk for pedestrians.

Preserved stone paved road of the Old Tokaido between Hatajuku and Moto-Hakone

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How to get there
Hakone Checkpoint

The Hakone Checkpoint is located a short walk from the Hakone-machi boat pier and bus stop. Hakone Tozan Bus operates bus line H between Hakone-Yumoto Station and Hakone-machi (40 minutes, 960 yen, 4-5 buses per hour, covered by the Hakone Free Pass).

Old Tokaido

Two Hakone Tozan buses per hour run on the bus line K along the Old Tokaido between Hakone-Yumoto and Moto-Hakone, stopping at Hatajuku (20 minutes, 390 yen from Yumoto) and the Amazake Chaya (25 minutes, 700 yen) along the way. In the early morning and in the evening, buses operate between Hakone-Yumoto and Hatajuku only. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on these buses.

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Hours and Fees
Hakone Checkpoint
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (December to February until 16:30)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing
Closed:No closing days
Admission:500 yen (400 yen with the Hakone Free Pass)

Amazake Chaya
Hours:7:00 to 17:30
Closed:No closing days

Tokaido Museum
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from December to February)
Closed:December 29 to 31
Admission:70 yen

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