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Station #31:  People coming to Arai from Maisaka could only come by sea, making it the second most effective and important sekisho (barrier checkpoint) after Hakone.  All travelers were required to show a sekisho tegata or travel permit.  These "passports" were purchased from the individual's hometown officials.  The government tried to keep commoners and farmers in their villages.  But they were reluctant to deny a person's request for a religious pilgrimage.  Many adventurers enjoyed the pleasures of travel as "pilgrims."\n\nImage Copyright: Minneapolis Institute of Art
Copyright © 2007, Helen and Steve Rindsberg

Station #31: People coming to Arai from Maisaka could only come by sea, making it the second most effective and important sekisho (barrier checkpoint) after Hakone. All travelers were required to show a sekisho tegata or travel permit. These "passports" were purchased from the individual's hometown officials. The government tried to keep commoners and farmers in their villages. But they were reluctant to deny a person's request for a religious pilgrimage. Many adventurers enjoyed the pleasures of travel as "pilgrims."

Image Copyright: Minneapolis Institute of Art