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Sumo wrestling is synonymous with Japan, and Ryogoku is the hometown of the unique and enchanting sport. Along with the official stadium, called the Kokugikan, there are countless sumo stables, specialist restaurants, and even dedicated statues along the streets. Originally held outdoors at temples and shrines, it was only in 1909 that Tokyo’s first permanent sumo stadium was built. Host to three of Japan’s annual competitions, the Kokugikan seats 10,000 and attending is a fantastic experience. If you visit during a competition (January, May and September) you can get cheap tickets on the day (if you’re willing to queue early in the morning) or book in advance online. Watching a day of matches is a fantastic experience, but even if you miss the season, sumo stables offer a chance to see the wrestlers in action. Dotted along quiet streets, the stables are where wrestlers train and live, with early morning training sessions sometimes open to visitors. While you’re in town, trying out the sumo special of chanko-nabe is a given, with many restaurants run by former wrestlers. The dish is a protein-filled hotpot, with different varieties to choose from but core staples of meat, seafood and vegetables. As well as being the heart of sumo, the area is home to a fantastic group of museums and galleries which are ideal for a rainy day. The beautiful Sumida Hokusai Museum houses an incredible selection of ukiyo-e prints while the Edo-Tokyo museum offers extensive insights into the development of the capital. The Japanese sword museum is ideal for samurai fans and the Ryogoku Edo Noren is an Edo-themed complex ideal for rainy days.
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  • 1-chōme-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida City, Tōkyō-to 130-0015, Japan
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