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  • Japanese: 箱根 (Hakone)

Hakone is a mountain town in Kanagawa prefecture, famous for its onsen (hot springs), and for its Edo period sekisho (highway checkpoint). The checkpoint at Hakone, established in 1619, was one of the largest in the realm, and was considered a vital element of the security of the western entrance to the Kantô region. Located at an elevation of 725 meters above sea level, Hakone was the highest post-station along the Tôkaidô.[1]

One of the larger post-stations, Hakone was home to six honjin.[2] In 1922, the checkpoint was designated a National Historical Property.[3]

Preceded by:
Stations of the Tôkaidô Succeeded by:


  1. Gallery labels, National Museum of Korea.[1]
  2. Miyamoto Tsuneichi 宮本常一, Nihon no shuku 日本の宿, Tokyo: Shakai shisôsha (1965), 167.
  3. Lee Jeong Mi, "Cultural Expressions of Tokugawa Japan and Choson Korea: An Analysis of the Korean Embassies in the Eighteenth Century," PhD dissertation, University of Toronto (2008), 161.
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