Held annually on Nov. 3, a national holiday (Culture Day), the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu is a feudal lord procession held at Hakone's Yumoto Onsen hot spring resort. About 170 people dressed in feudal-era costume and other people in marching bands, etc., parade around the town for about 6 km. The procession reenacts the daimyo procession of Okubo Kaga, lod of Odawara on his way to Edo (Tokyo) for the periodic sankin kotai procession.
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One of Japan's most popular tour routes. With the Hakone Freepass, ride the Odakyu Line from Shinjuku, Tokyo directly to Hakone-Yumoto. Take the Hakone Tozan Railway train to Gora. Ride the Hakone Tozan Cable Car up the slope to to Sounzan. Then take the Hakone Ropeway high above to Lake Ashi for a cruise on a pirate boat to Hakone-machi Port or Moto-Hakone. Dramatic views of Mt. Fuji. Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
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At Hakone-machi on the shore of Lake Ashi, a fantastic reconstruction of the Hakone Sekisho Checkpoint. After years of research, excavations, and construction, the reconstruction was finally completed in 2007 based on accurate records of the major buildings. The reconstructed buildings were built on the exact spot of the original sekisho buildings. Hakone Sekisho was one of 53 checkpoints along the major roads during the Edo Period. It's where they checked the identities of women leaving Edo to make sure they were not the hostage daimyo wives and children fleeing Edo.
Moto-Hakone is the other port town on Lake Ashi, highlighted by Hakone Shrine (the torii in the water).
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Large, outdoor museum of exquisite sculptures. Many nudes (female) and Henry Moore pieces outside. Also the Picasso Pavilion. Both the art and grounds are very impressive. Near Chokoku no Mori Station on the Hakone Tozan Railway.
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Hakone-Yumoto Station is the main gateway to Hakone's hot springs, sights, and attractions. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is famous for hot spring baths in different flavors. Like the wine bath, tea bath, coffee bath, and sake bath. The flavored baths are for both men and women in bathing suits. They also have a pure hot spring area where bathing suits are not allowed.
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