The Daimyo Gyoretsu is one of Hakone`s most famous events. This November event re-enacts the garish and lavish proccessions of fuedal lords who were forced to visit Edo (Modern day Tokyo) during the reign of the Tokugawa family. Hakone was is a famed part of Japan`s famous Tokaido Road. See costumed samurai, real local geisha, and the re-enactment of this famous part of Japanese history. This event takes place in Hakone-Yumoto. There are sometimes opportunities for visitors to participate in the event as one of the armor clad samurai or members of the costumed procession.
During the reign of the Tokugawa clan in Japan, regional fuedal lords were foced to spend alternate years in Edo. There were a number of reasons for this, but the overall reason was to keep any possibility of an uprising or challenge to the centralized power in Edo (modern day Tokyo). The regional daimyo lords would spend enourmous amounts of money to fund their long processions of protectors, entertainers, and administrators.
These processions would use the Tokaido Road connecting Kyoto and Tokyo. The Tokaido Road passes through the heart of Hakone. Hakone has a special place in the song, stories, and lore of the people who travelled through the area. This Japanese festival gives you a chance to see a speacial part of Japanese history and culture. It is held on Culture Day, a national holiay in Japan. The procession route makes a large loop around the Hakone-Yumoto area. It starts at Yumoto Elementary school, works its way up the mountain, comes down around Hotel Okada, and ends at the Hakone Yumoto Hotel. Please feel free to contact us for more specific information or any questions.
|Place||Hakone Yumoto Area|
|Access||The parade is around Yumoto|
|Other info||watch the wonderful people|