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Hakone Checkpoint

Check in at Hakone's historic gate.

You’re never far from Japan’s mystifying historical past in Hakone. One of the most stunning sights lies between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi, overlooking Lake Ashinoko. A looming, dark blue gate marks the sight of the Old Tokaido road.

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This cedar-lined path follows underneath the gates of the Hakone checkpoints, making for a beautiful short walk (around 20 minutes). Perfect for those travelers who have a lot of things to check off and only a day or two to do it!

Travelers with more time can lull around before catching a sightseeing boat around the lake at either Moto-Hakone or Hakone-machi. The checkpoint itself underwent reconstruction in 2007 to restore the original gates, fence, officer housing, prison and lookout tower. Flanked on one side by souvenir shops and restaurants (including a very popular ramen place, follow the queue, or your nose), and the Tokaido Museum on the other, there is a lot to keep yourself occupied.

Although not necessarily ideal as the main attraction of your day, the Hakone Checkpoint is perfect for those who have an hour or so spare. Even better, the sightseeing tours run every half an hour which allows even the busiest of travellers the chance to visit one of Japan’s historical focal points.


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Things To Know

Opening Hours

Open everyday from 9:00 – 17:00 (December to February until 16:30). Admission ends 30 minutes before closing. Closed between December 29th – 31st.

Entrance Fees

¥500 (¥400 with the Hakone Freepass). Entry to the Tokaido Museum costs ¥70.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒250-0521 Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi, Hakone, 6−4, 箱根関所

By train

1-minute walk from either the main exit of Koen-shita Station of Hakone Tozan Cable Car or from the west exit of Koen-ue station of Hakone Tozan Cable Car.

By bus

Hakone Tozan Bus operates bus line H between Hakone-Yumoto Station and Hakone-machi. The journey takes about 40 minutes and is covered by the Hakone Free Pass, otherwise it costs ¥960.

By boat

The Hakone Checkpoint is located a short walk from the Hakone-machi boat pier and bus stop.

Where To Stay

Hakone Hotel Fujiya Hotel Lake View Annex
  • 65 Hakone, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0521 Japan
  • ¥35,200 - ¥229,900
  • 4/5 (650 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Rakuten Stay Fujimi Terrace Hakone Ashinoko
  • 2-2 Motohakone, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0522 Japan
  • ¥70,000 - ¥332,000
  • 0.9 km
Hotel de Yama Hakone Lake Side
  • 80 Motohakone, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0522 Japan
  • ¥31,050 - ¥303,600
  • 4.64/5 (1,074 reviews)
  • 1.4 km
Ryuguden (Prince Hotels & Resorts)
  • 139 Motohakone, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0522 Japan
  • ¥62,229 - ¥83,849
  • 3/5 (274 reviews)
  • 2.6 km
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
  • 144 Hakonepurinsuhoteru, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0592 Japan
  • ¥40,764 - ¥163,449
  • 4.06/5 (1,255 reviews)
  • 2.9 km