2010年06月14日

The Hakone-no-seki, the barrier station in Hakone, was established by the Tokugawa government to clamp down upon suspicious travelers in the early 17th century.

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The Tokugawa government established fifty-three barrier stations along main routes led to Edo from Kyoto for the purpose of protecting the Shogun's capital from covertly opposing powerful Daimyo feudal lords. Government officials stationed themself here and checked every traveler if he or she brought weapons into Edo or carried vital information away from the virtual capital. The barrier station in the picture, well known as the Hakone-no-seki, was the largest one of this kind, which was faithfully rebuilt in recent years. Travellers who sidestepped this station was to be executed without exception.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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