【Teaser Trip】Kanagawa / The old Japanese house used for lodging in feudal lord's procession

History Insta-worthy Art & Architecture Culture Experience
About 0.5 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

This is a recommended tour if you are interested in old Japanese house which was used for traveling feudal lords in the 18th century. It is called Obarajuku-jonjin. Honjin was a lodging for the head of the feudal lord. The house was built over 200 years ago. It was a private house owned by Shimizu family who served Houjo samurai in the 16th century. After Tokugawa Ieyasu governed Edo (current Tokyo) in the 17th century, he forced all feudal lords across Japan to show their loyalty to him by coming to Edo every year. So the feudal lords had to stay in Edo with his wife and children for one year and go back to home town for one year leaving their family in Edo. The feudal lords spent lots of travel expenses to come to Edo and stay in Edo with their servants. However, it contributed not only to the stations economy along the main roads between their home town and Edo but also to bringing the latest culture from Edo to their home town.


Price per person (tax included)
Max participants
Up to 100 people
Hosted in English
Communication tools
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  1. 1
    You can enter the house for free.

    There are several tatami-mat rooms. You can walk in the feudal lord head room, irori room, dining room and kitchen room. There are many tools used for threshing rice. on the 2nd floor.

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    Feudal lord's proccession festival held on Culture Day (November 3rd)

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the feudal lord's procession festival was held on Culture Day every year. It demonstrated the procession of the feudal lord.
    It is canceled this year but it would be resumed next year after COVID-19 disappeared.

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    Eating lunch at old Japanese house nearby

    There is a nice Japanese restaurant for lunch near this house. It takes 7 minutes by local bus.


Sagamihara Lover, Japanese Garden Lover, Tennis Lover

My name is Hideto Horikoshi. I have an English guide license certified by national government. I live in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture. I was born in Yamaguchi prefecture. I have lived in Hiroshima, Innoshima island and Fukuoka in Kyushu island. I have been an engineer in computing and PC companies. I have lived in Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. for 3 years and Irvine in CA for half a year on business. I have traveled to UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greek, Denmark and Sweden. I am interested in Japanese history, culture, tradition and modern technologies such as AI and Maglev. I am a volunteer for the field cast at Tokyo Olympics Games this summer. I will introduce the little-known but impressive spots even among the Japanese but good places for you.

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