Seki-shuku © Iry

The preserved inn town Seki-shuku

Seki-shuku is a 2km area that spreads from east Oiwake up to Nishiowake. It was one of the inn towns/checkpoints along the Tokaido, a major highway connecting Edo-Nihonbashi in the Edo period (1603–1868). It was known as a transport hub and one of the 3 Sannoseki.

From the Edo era to the Meiji era (1868–1912)over 200 houses were constructed and many of these remain, preserving the image of the Seki-shuku up to present day. It was a very critical area of the Tokaido and you can feel that even now. Building repairs and conservation have been carried out carefully to preserve the feeling of the historical district. There are a large number of attractions here, including Japan’s oldest Ksitigarbha, the Seki Jizo Institute, and the town museum which shows off a large number of old historical documents related to Seki-shuku.

Please note that there are actual residents still living in the town so please do not indiscriminately look in or enter houses that aren’t set up as museums. The roads are narrow and both residents and cars pass through these so please pay them due mind and watch out for them.


By train, take the JR Kansei Line to Seki Station(関駅). By car, you can take the Meihan national highway to Seki IC (関 IC) and it’s 5 minutes from there. There is free parking for tourists. 

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Description: Seki-shuku

Sights Seki-shuku (関宿)
Address Kizaki, Seki-cho, Kameyama-shi, Mie
Phone / Fax Phone:
Duration 2Hour(s)
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Seki-shuku