Oiran Dochu, Parade of Japanese Traditional Courtesan event list in Japan

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Oiran Dochu is a parade of Japanese traditional courtesan all in beautiful Kimono. All right reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

Do you like to see something traditional during your trip to Japan? Do you love Kimono (Japanese traditional clothes)? Why do not you check the Oiran Dochu parade? 

 

Oiran Dochu ("花魁道中", "おいらん道中" in Japanese) means a parade of Japanese traditional courtesans.

 

Oiran were courtesans in Japan mainly in Edo Period (1600-1868). Oiran were considered to be prostitutes. But they are distinguished from ordinary prostitutes where they were entertainers and many became celebrities outside the pleasure districts (famous ones incl. Yoshiwara, Tokyo, Shimabara, Kyoto and Shinmachi, Osaka). 

 

All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]
All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

It is said that in these districts the highest rank Oiran ("Tayu") were more powerful than high rank officials even.

 

Today prostitution is prohibited in Japan thus there are supposed to be no real Oiran. "Oiran Dochu " consists of those who play Tayu and many of her fellow Oiran and their servants marching through the town, all of whom are in traditional Japanese clothes. 

 

 

The clothes of Tayu, especially, are something you should not miss. If including the high wooden footwear (called "Geta") which are around 15cm tall, all of the Tayu costume weighs 20-30kg. Tayu also dances with this costume.

Kuroko, the shadow man, adjusting Kimono of Tayu  All rights reserved by onegai kaeru
Kuroko, the shadow man, adjusting Kimono of Tayu All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

Here Onegai Kaeru team researched and made the list of the event all over Japan through the year.

 

Please note that the date is only valid as of April, 2016 subject to change and can be cancelled or replaced with another event (such as an indoor stage show) if raining. 

 

From our experience there is usually a big crowd and you better be 1-1.5 hours in advance to get a good location (ask the staff at your inn/hotel or at the local information desk, what/where better). Go to toilet before reaching the destination (can expect a long line up for the toilet nearby) and bring something you can sit on,  probably a plastic bag in case you may be so tired standing.

 

Several festival organizers of these parades recruit performers for the parade. If you are interested in playing one of the performers, you can apply for the role. We often see foreigners in the parade.

 

Often the parade marches 2 times a day in the festival namely walking from one location to the other, and Oiran perform some shows then walking back to the start point.

 

So let us start the list of Oiran Dochu parade across Japan. If you know other cool festival we should check out, please feel free to contact us!

April

Oiran Dochu in Ichiyo Zakura matsuri (festival) (in Jp "一葉桜まつり 江戸吉原おいらん道中")

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All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

Oiran Dochu in Ichiyo Zakura matsuri (festival) (in Jp "一葉桜まつり 江戸吉原おいらん道中")

 

Location and time:

Asakusa, Taito ward, Tokyo (near Asakusa station)

9th April (2016) 13:00 and 14:45 

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp)

Contact:03-3839-5229

 

Note: This one is a festival onegai kaeru often go. It is in Asakusa area. If you are in Tokyo early April, better check this out!

Bunsui Oiran Dochu (festival) (in Jp "分水桜まつり")

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Bunsui Oiran Dochu (festival) (in Jp "分水桜まつり")

 

Location and time:

Tsubame city, Niigata (near Bunsui station)

17th April(2016) 12:00 and 14:00

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp)

Contact: +81 256-64-7630

Oiran Dochu in Sakura Matsuri (festival) (in Jp "おいらん道中in桜祭り")

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All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

Oiran Dochu in Sakura Matsuri (festival) (in Jp "おいらん道中in桜祭り")

 

Location and time:

Hamochihongo, Sado, Niigata 

17th April(2016) 15:00

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp)

Contact: +81 259-86-3200

May

Joro Dochu in Sentei-sai (festival) (in Jp "先帝祭")

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All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

Joro Dochu in Sentei-sai (festival) (in Jp "先帝祭")

 

Location and time: 

Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi 

3rd May(2016) 09:30AM

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp)

Contact: +81 83-223-1144

 

Note: The festival lasts from 2-4 May. The Joro Dochu is on 3rd of May. In this festival, you will see a lot of Samurai old Japanese worriers as well as beautiful kimono girls.

Oiran Dochu in Shakuson Kotan-sai (festival) (in Jp " 釈尊降誕祭 ")

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All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

Oiran Dochu in Shakuson Kotan-sai (festival) (in Jp " 釈尊降誕祭 ")

 

Location and time:

Sakado, Saitama

5th May(2016) 13:00 and 15:00

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp)

Contact: +81 49-283-1331

Find your stay nearby the Kotan-sai from HERE!

(We list up the hotel/inn in Kawagoe city near Sakado. Kawagoe is one of beautiful cities with traditional buildings. Alternatively, Sakado is close to Tokyo therefore, if you stay in Tokyo area, you can just go from there)

Oiran Dochu in Sakata matsuri (festival) RUMORED (in Jp "酒田まつり")

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All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

Oiran Dochu in Sakata matsuri (festival) RUMORED (in Jp "酒田まつり")

 

Location and time:

Sakata, Yamagata

19-21 May (2016)  exact day and time n.a. (as of April, 2016)

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp)

Contact: +81 234-24-2233

 

Note: Some media reported that a group of hair dressers in Sakata "trying" to revive the Oiran Dochu in Sakata festival, 2016. Probably not taking place.   

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Tayu dancing All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]
Tayu dancing   All rights reserved by onegai kaeru
Tayu dancing All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]
Tayu dancing   All rights reserved by onegai kaeru
Tayu dancing All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

September

Oiran Dochu in Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri (festival) (in Jp "品川神社例大祭")

Oiran Dochu in Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri (festival) (in Jp "品川神社例大祭")

 

Location and time: Shinagawa (near Kita-Shinagawa station 

 

and Shin-Bamba station), Tokyo

26th September 16:00

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp) 

Contact: +81 3-3472-4772

Find your stay nearby the Shinagawa Shukuba matsuri from HERE!

Shinagawa is in Tokyo. We list up here the list of hotel/inn in Shinagawa area but if you stay somewhere else as long as Tokyo area, it should not be too far to travel.

October

Oiran Dochu in Osu Daido Chonin Matsuri (festival) (in Jp "大須大道町人祭")

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All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

Oiran Dochu in Osu Daido Chonin Matsuri (festival) (in Jp "大須大道町人祭")

 

Location and time: Osu, Nagoya (near Osukannon station)

10-11th October There are several time slots on these two days

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp)

Contact: +81 52-261-2287

 

Note: The festival lasts from 9th till 11th Oct. On this festival you see many street performers.

November

Oiran Dochu in Oiso Shukuba matsuri (festival)  (in Jp " 大磯宿場まつり") 

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All rights reserved by onegai kaeru [from Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu]

Oiran Dochu in Oiso Shukuba matsuri (festival)  (in Jp " 大磯宿場まつり") 

 

Location and time:

Oiso, Kanagawa

1st November Oiso, exact time n.a.

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp) 

Contact: +81 463-61-5719

 

Note: it is between to Odawara and Kamakura. It has also nice beach (probably too cold to swim in Nov though!!).

Oiran Dochu in Maruyama Hana matsuri (festival)  (in Jp " 丸山華まつり") 

Source: Nagasaki city

Oiran Dochu in Maruyama Hana matsuri (festival)  (in Jp " 丸山華まつり") 

 

Location and time:

Nagasaki-city, Nagasaki (around Umezonomigawarimangu shrine and Shi-an-bashi bridge)

12-13rd November ( the Oiran Dochu Parade starts on 13 Nov (2016), subject to change every year)

 

Relevant Link (probably only in Jp) 

Contact: +81 95-823-2281

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