What is "Daimyo Gyoretsu"?

During Edo period (1603~1867), Tokugawa government issued the law called Sankin-Kotai in order to reduce the power of Daimyos, the feudal loads (head of samurai in each territory). Each Daimyo has to go to Edo (current Tokyo) from their territory and stay there for one year in order to offer his men to do various things that Tokugawa government commanded. After one year, he has to return to his territory and stay one year. However his wife and children must live in Edo as a kind of hostages.

Daimyo Gyoretsu is the name of a long line procession of Daimyo journey from/to Edo every other year. The procession consisted of Daimyo himself, his Samurai soldiers, Yakko (his non-samurai workers), and Kumosuke (the local workers hired temporarily). Each Daimyo was proud of his gorgeous procession compare to other Daimyos’. Thus, Daimyo spent large amount of money for Daimyo Gyoretsu and the economic power of Daimyos decreased year by year.

Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Free Walking Tour with English speaking guide

> Date: Not scheduled Nov. 3, yyyy (............: National holiday in Japan)
> Time to meet: 9:20am
> Place to meet: Hakone Yumoto Train station 2nd Floor, outside of ticketing gate
> Tour Time: 9:30am ~ 12:00 (Tour will start on time.)
> Tour route:
9:30 Hakone Yumoto Station ⇒ Shopping Street ⇒ 9:40 Kenban (Geisya Office) ⇒ 9:50 Kumano Shrine ⇒ 10:00 Tofu Shop ⇒ 10:20 Tamadare Fall in Tenseien Hotel ⇒ 10:30 Okada Hotel to see Geisya Performance ⇒ 11:00 Follow Daimyo Gyoretsu ⇒ 12:00 Tenseien Hotel, Take photos with members of Daimyo Gyoretsu
> Fee: Free
> Guide: Volunteer guides (OHSGG members)
> Tour language: English
> Tour responsibility: Odawara and Hakone Systematized Goodwill Guide Club (OHSGG)

Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu

Long after the last Daimyo Gyoretsu, in 1935 it was reborn at Hakone Yumoto as the tourism business event. Compared to the old real Daimyo Gyoretsu, the new procession introduced more commercial and attractive elements, such as the gun-fire demonstration, marching bands parade, kimono women's parades, and geisha girls parade.

Now Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu has become a big annual event of Hakone Yumoto on Nov. 3rd and attracts 100,000 visitors every year.

How to join the tour

Please send an e-mail to the OHSGG e-mail address with the following required information.
E-mail address: ohsgg1@gmail.com

Required information
> name, sex, age and nationality of all members
> contact e-mail address, mobile phone number
> acceptance of the Guide Policy: "YES"
After receiving your e-mail, we will send you the detail information of the tour.

Guide policy

OHSGG Guide Policy is applied. The following modification and/or addition to OHSGG Guide Policy is also applied to this tour.
1) The photos taken during the tour including group photos may be posted on the OHSGG Facebook page.
2) The tour may be cancelled if the weather does not permit such as Typhon or storm. In this case, the cancelation is informed to the participants by 7:00pm of the previous day.
3) The tour may be canceled without prior notice.