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Tokugawa Hundred-Member Gun Squad Fair 江戸幕府 鉄炮組百人隊出陣

1-11-16 Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Teppo-gumi hyakunin-tai, or the Hundred-Member Gun Squad, was founded by Tokugawa Ieyasu to defend his shogunate in the newly established capital of Edo. The squad was stationed in Shinjuku in an area named in its honor and known today as Hyakunin-cho (hundred-member town).

This Hyakunin-cho is home to the Kaichuinari-jinja Shrine, where many vassals of the squad visited to pray that their every shot hits the target. People later established the shutsujin-shiki fair to commemorate the gun squad and also as thanksgiving for the luck bestowed by the shrine.

Today, the fair is held every odd year. Men clad in armor and helmet parade the neighborhood of Hyakunin-cho, test fire matchlock guns and give public demonstrations of battle field exercises.

How to Get There

  • Shin-Okubo Sta. | 1 min on foot
    JR Yamanote Line
  • Okubo Sta. | 2 mins on foot
    JR Chuo Line | JR Sobu Line

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Opening Hours

  • See official website/local tourist information office

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