Tokyo Walks: Ryogoku

District popularly known as "Sumo City"

By Elena Lisina    - 1 min read

Ryogoku is an area where one of the most popular sports in Japan, sumo wrestling, is located. I didn't fully understand the popularity of sumo until I watched news on television in Japan. They always end the news hour with sumo and baseball information.

Kokugikan Sumo Stadium first opened in 1985. It seats over 10,000 visitors and hosts three of the six annual sumo tournaments in January, May, and September. On my visit to Ryogoku, I walked around and discovered it was quiet and deserted, but I could see many sumo-related objects around. For those who are interested in sumo, there is a special sumo museum nearby that is free of charge.

In Ryogoku, there is also: Yokoamicho Park, Tokyo Memoria Hall, a temple, few museums, and a small but nice Japanese landscape garden called, "Kyu-Yasuda Taien." It has a small pond with turtles and birds, such as the heron. From Ryogoku, you can walk farther along the Sumida River to see other famous areas such as the Skytree town and Asakusa.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!