Sumo tourist spot
Ryogoku is a district in Sumida-ku, Tokyo where Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall is located. It has a lot of sumo stables where rikishi live and train, as well as chanko-nabe (Japanese-style hot pot dish) restaurants. You can also see many rikishi around the place. Ryogoku Kokugikan is used for boxing and wrestling matches on the days there is no sumo. In addition, special events such as charity sumo tournaments and professional sumo tournaments are held. On the days when there are no events, tourists can enter the facility for free. On the first floor, there is a Sumo Museum, which has free entry and where visitors can view various artifacts associated with sumo such as color prints, lists of wrestler rankings, and ornamental aprons worn by the wrestlers; it also hosts various themed exhibitions. Besides that, there are also souvenirs on sale, such as postcards, fans etc. The exhibition is rearranged once every two months. Not far from the remnants of Kira’s house, there is the "Sumo Photography Museum" which boasts a collection of rikishi’s photos from pre-war time to 1997.
Other tourist spots
There are other tourist spots in Ryogoku, through which you can feel the spirit of Tokyo. Edo-Tokyo Museum is a museum of the history of Tokyo in the Edo Period. Kyu-Yasuda Teien Gardens are believed to have been built in 1688-1703; here you can see ebb and flow of the Sumida River. Eko-in is the temple, built in 1657 to mourn the victims of the Great Fire of Meireki (1657). The Forty-Seven Ronin avenged the death of their lord, Asano Naganori, by breaking into the mansion of his enemy, Kira Yoshinaka, in 1703. Part of the mansion has been preserved in a public park in Ryōgoku. In addition, there is also the Ryogoku Fireworks Museum and Tokyo Ireido, a temple that was built to mourn the dead of the Great Kanto Earthquake and Tokyo Air Raid.
Train: The closest station is Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line and Oedo Line.
Car: The closest interchange is Ryogoku JCT on Expressway 6 or the Komatsugawa Line on Expressway 7.
Image Gallery: Ryogoku