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Daimyo

You may hear the samurai yoice “Shitani, Shitani”, which means “Heads Down, Heads Down” because the Daymyo, one of the warload is coming, at Hakone Yumoto November 3rd event

What is the Daimyo Gyoretsu ?

Tokugawa military government issued many laws in order to reduce the power of Daimyos, the feudal loads. Sankin Kotai is the one of them. Each Daimyo has to go to Edo from their territory and stay there for one year in order to offer his men to do many things the Tokugawa gonernment commanded, and has to return and stay in their territory one year but his wife and children have to stay in Edo as a kind of hostages. Thus, the economic powers of Daimyos decreased year by year.

Daimyo Gyoretsu is the marching parade of Daimyo journey from/to Edo. Each Daimyo was proud of gourgeous parade more than other Daimyos’. So the parade included Daimyo hisself, and his samurai men, and his non-samurai Yakko workers, and Kumosuke, the local workers hired temporarily.

Hakone Yumoto Daimyo Gyoretsu

Long after the last Daimyo Gyoretsu, in 1935 is was reborn at Hakone Yumoto as the tourism business event. Compared with the past actual parade, the renewal one included more commercial, and more attractive items like the gun-fire demonstration, and the women’s party, neither were not included in the actual Daimyo Gyoretsu.

The Parade Course

The parade starts Yumoto Elementary school and Sounji temple at 9:45 in the morning of
Novenber 3rd.
Parade members have a lunch break at Tenseien from 12:00.
The parade pass the Hakone Yumoto station area around 14:00 pm.
And the goal is Yomoto Fujiya Hotel.
You can see the gunfire demonstrations at some place.
Please check the parade course map.
And the Yumoto station and the Hakone product museum, you can find the volunteer guides for non Japanese language service, who are the members of OHSGG, Odawara Hakone Systematized Goodwill Guide Club..

Access

By Train
Get off at the Hakone YUmoto Station.
Neither bus nor car are recommended because of traffic shutdown for this event