【Ryogoku】- Not only a “Sumo” Town
Needless to say, Ryogoku is well known as a “Sumo” town. The Annual Matches are held at the sumo stadium, Kokugikan. Three of the six annual sumo tournaments are held here in January, May and September.
Here in Ryogoku, there are several sumo stables where sumo wrestlers live and exercise, and essentially no visitors are allowed. However some stables accept visitors under certain requirements such as advance applications etc. However, you don’t need to worry about that. During the tournaments, you can encounter sumo wrestlers in Japanese traditional wear such as kimono or yukata elsewhere. Also you can find many chanko-nabe(sumo wrestlers’ stew) restaurants, and enjoy the sumo town mood.
Ryogoku is not just a town of Sumo. At “Edo Tokyo Museum”, you can enjoy dioramas which present the city during the Edo period (1603-1868) or a full-scale model of nagaya, a typical type of house from that time, etc. You can learn a lot about the Edo period to present Japanese culture through them. Guided tours are held to support you to learn more about the history in multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Korean, French…etc. In addition, “The Sumida Hokusai Museum” opened in 2016. Many high-quality artworks of the world famous ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) are displayed, and you can see lots of his original drawings and woodblock prints.
Other than above, many commercial facilities are newly opened around Ryogoku. This town is evolving to fascinate visitors from all over the world!