About the Yokaichi-Shuku site
At the ending stage of the Sengoku-era (a Japanese turbulent age around the 16th century),
Gohojo family, who was a feudal lord family of Kanto region, was ruined, and Hideyoshi
Toyotomi, who was the national governor of Japan at that time, appointed a new feudal lord
of Kanto region to Ieyasu Tokugawa.
Under the reign of Ieyasu, the new town development was started at the new location (that is
the present central business district of Hachioji city), after moving from the old town location
around Hachioji-Castle (that is the present Moto-Hachioji area). The new road: Koshu-Dochua
passing east-west way was developed first, and three small towns with lodging facilities were
developed alongside with the new road. These towns were named Yokoyama -Shuku.
Yokaichi-Shuku and Hachinman-Shuku from east to west way order.
In the Edo-era, Hachioji kept on growing as the lodging destination on the Koshu-Dochu as
well as the center for the regional economy. Especially, Yokaichi-Shuku and Yokoyama-Shuku
took the important role by placing the Honjin and the Waki-Honjin (Honjin and Waki-Honiin
are the first class hotel exclusively used for the feudal lord and the executive menaburs). Ar
these towns, Yamagami family and Nino family took the role as the host to the
on the monthly and
and other members. Therefore these towns were centrally positioned in the H
A market called Rokusai-ichi was held at the Yokoy
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were gathered and enjoyed at these Rokusai-icini markets al