What to Expect
Tsukiji is an exciting place to visit to see different world from our normal life. There is only outer market and inner market which used to be a popular place for visitors was moved to a new place.
Outer market is for retailers and fun to see and you can find Japanese food culture. You can buy whatever you like and there are many restaurants to offer their own original dishes. If you like Tsukiji, you can spend easily 3 hours .
Ryogoku is another very exciting place in Tokyo. It is about 15 minutes by subway from Tsukiji. Ryogoku is famous for Sumo because there is an arena named "Ryogoku Kokugi-Kan" which is translated to Sumo Arena and where grand sumo tournament is held 3 times a year. In Ryogoku area, there are many kinds of sumo related restaurants and stores. In Tsukiji, everybody wishes to eat Sushi. Then In Ryogoku, "Chan-ko" which is a special food for Sumo wrestlers, is very popular. Some Chan-ko specialty restaurants are run by former professional Sumo wrestlers. And some restaurants have Sumo ring inside of the restaurants. Also, you can buy Sumo related souvenirs at specialty stores.
Inside of Ryogoku Kokugikan, there is a "Sumo museum" which is opened for public except grand sumo tournament period. You can see some special items actually used by sumo wrestlers.
Next to Ryogoku kokugi-kan, there is a huge building which is Edo Tokyo museum. This museum is specialized for 17th century and after. This is a great place to know people's life in Edo which is current Tokyo and you will find many new facts in this museum. If you are interested in Japanese history, you can easily spend 3 hours or more. Even you are not familiar with Japanese history, you can enjoy various displays and recognize the difference in life from Western world.
After Edo Tokyo museum, we will visit a newly opened Sumida Hokusai museum which locates 10 min. walk from Edo Tokyo museum. Sumida is a name of location and Hokusai is a famous Ukiyoe painter who made over 30,000 drawings in his life. In the museum, Hokusai's actual drawings are displayed and you will learn more.
In this tour , you will see and find Japanese lifestyle and culture from 17th Century. And if you wish to visit other places, please let me know. I will arrange the places to visit based on your request.