"ARAI" Arai by cheesecake17

Arai Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 16 photos


After the Kite festival in hamamatsu I went to Arai, is not that far from almost downtown Hamamatsu, about 30minutes drive

In my quest to see all 53 STATIONS of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD, this is number 31


There used to be Arai-no-sekisho (sekisho: barrier) which was one of the most tough barrier especially for women to pass through in the Edo period.

A woman had to bring an official document describing her physical appearance, and if there was any discrepancy between the description and her real appearance, she could not pass through the sekisho.

Regarding men, they did not have to show such a document; they just told officers their name and address and could pass through without any body check.

The Arai-no-sekisho is the only one barrier where the old building is left, and you can learn the history of the barrier at the site.

Distance from Nihonbashi: 269.4 km


Arai ,Picture of ferryboats

The boat with a curtain bearing a family crest stretched along one side, with tall decorative hallberds, standing erect, and with a streamer flying at its stern is a vessel carrying members of a DAIMYO(The Daimyo were a ruling class below the Shogun from the 15th to 17th century. ) procession..

The DAIMYO'S attendants on board the accompanying boat in the foreground appear to be somewhat bored and are depicted humorously...

The ARAI CHECKPOINT can be seen at far right where there is a gate made of black painted logs and the guard post..

All boats from MAISAKA were ordered to come alongside the pier in front of the checkpoint..

It is said that the inspections here were as strict as those carried out at the HAKONE barrier..

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  • In a nutshell:I found one of the original historical sites..
  • Last visit to Arai: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Nov 21, 2005
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Wow, Lu! Such detail information and some wonderful photography! I appreciate and enjoy the historical information. Thank you!


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