Hakone, a popular tourist destination, is situated in just an hour-journey away from Tokyo. This is a significant event in which the Daimyo procession parade through the streets of Hakone, with the voice of forerunner, shouting “Shitani! Shitani! (Heads down, heads down)”. The festival is held every year on November 3rd. Let us show you the highlight of this spectacular parade and the festival:
The best part of the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu parade is a parade consists of total of 170 people including whifflers, servants, travel boxes, bird-feathered spears, bows, rifles, foot soldiers, pages, daimyo (feudal lords), chief retainers, Daimyo palanquin, female servants, waiting maids, and large chests. You can take a close look at the costumes for various positions.
I you are interested in taking the photos of the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu with the striking views as a background, we recommend you to refer to the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu map, which is available at tourist information centers.
Following the main 170-person Daimyo procession, marching band from local elementary school performs to enhance the procession.
In addition, the demonstration of matchlock guns by Odawara Hojo Tepposhu (rifle squad), is so spectacular. Why don’t you visit Hakone to experience the historical moments with the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu!