What to Expect
Tsukiji is an exciting place to visit to see different world from our normal life. There are 2 markets which are inner and outer market and you will see both. The inner market is for professional people to trade fishes and vegetables. There are almost 800 whole sale stores in the market and each store has its own specialty. It is fun to see many fishes and vegetables in original shape. And sometime you may find very rare items. But inner market is not designed for public and we must recognize we are not the first one to be paid attention.
On the contrary, Outer market is for retailers and fun to see 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 ride from Tsukiji. Ryogoku is famous for Sumo because there is an arena named "Ryogoku Kokugi-Kan" for grand sumo tournament 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.
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.
This tour is very exciting and if you have request to visit other places, please tell me in advance. I will arrange the tour as much as possible to meet your request.