What to Expect
・You visit a Buddhist temple which dates back to the 17th century. It was built by the shogun to mourn the victims of the big fire in 1657. But the current temple building is modern and made of concrete. The first fund-raising sumo matches were held in the temple's grounds in the Edo period.
・The Edo-Tokyo Museum is about the history and culture of Tokyo from 1600s to today. Edo is the old name of Tokyo used until 1868. It is one of the most popular museums in Tokyo. Displays are superb. You sure can enjoy it and get full knowledge of Tokyo and will be a specialst of Tokyo.
・Ryogoku is the sacred palce of sumo which is a national sport and one of the most popular sport in Japan. There are many sumo wrestler's stables in Ryogoku and you will have a chance to bump into sumo wrestlers with a topknot on their head. There are many Japanese style restautants which serve sumo wrestlers' meal called "chanko." You never miss it.
・Ryogoku has a national sumo stadium where sumo tournaments are held three times a year. Each tounament lasts 15 days. You can see energetic matches every time. The stadium has a museum featuring sumo history.