Ningyocho / Ryogoku
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❶ The Japanese Sword MuseumYou can find this museum dedicated to Japanese swords in one corner of the Kyu-Yasuda Gardens. Exhibits include valuable swords such as those designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. Visitors can learn in-depth about the allure of swords as works of art and the myriad ways to appreciate them.
Ryogoku (JR, Subway)https://www.touken.or.jp/english/
❷ Ryogoku KokugikanThis grand arena for sumo wrestling, Japan’s national sport, can hold up to 10,000 spectators. In addition to sumo, the arena hosts various events like concerts, professional wrestling, boxing, and other sports.
Ryogoku (JR, Subway)https://ryogoku-kokugikan.jp
❸ THE SUMIDA HOKUSAI MUSEUMThis art museum houses works of world-renowned ukiyo-e print artist Katsushika Hokusai and his disciples. Hokusai was born in Sumida City, where he spent most of his life. In the permanent exhibition AURORA (Permanent Exhibition Room), visitors can learn about Hokusai and the appeal of his works through state-of-the-art technology like high-definition monitors and touch panels.
Ryogoku (JR, Subway)https://hokusai-museum.jp/?lang=en
❹ -Ryogoku- Edo NORENUnder the theme “connecting modern cuisine and culture with an Edo atmosphere,” this entertainment complex utilizes the former Ryogoku Station building built in 1929. In this space permeated with the vibe of the Edo period, you can savor sushi, unagi (eel), soba noodles, chanko nabe (hot pot for sumo wrestlers), monjayaki (pan-fried batter), and other Tokyo delicacies. There is even a life-size sumo ring, making this a popular destination unique to this sumo town.
Ryogoku (JR, Subway)https://www.jrtk.jp.e.wz.hp.transer.com/edonoren/
❺ Ekoin TempleThis temple is known for its association with sumo wrestling. In the past, sumo tournaments acted as popular fundraising efforts for public works and the restoration of temples and shrines. For 76 years since 1833, Ekoin Temple buzzed with spectators as the venue for the biannual fundraising sumo tournament.
Ryogoku (JR, Subway)https://ekoin.or.jp
❻ Residence of Kira (Honjo Matsuzakacho Park)This is the site of Kira Kozukenosuke’s former residence, known for its appearance in “Chushingura” (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers), a story of revenge based on the Ako Incident that occurred in the Edo Castle in the early 18th century. It has been widely performed in traditional puppet theater and kabuki, as well as in movies and TV dramas today. Now a park, Kira’s former residence still receives visits from the fans of the story.
Ryogoku (JR, Subway)https://visit-sumida.jp/spot/6175/
❼ Meijiza TheaterConstructed in 1873, this theater boasts a long history. Not only does it host kabuki, enka, and other popular song performances, but in recent years, it has also been showing musicals, modern plays, and collaborative anime events. These new endeavors have put Meijiza Theater back in the spotlight.
❽ NingyochoThis town near Nihonbashi strongly exudes the atmosphere of shitamachi, old downtown Tokyo. Along Amazake Yokocho, which runs through Meijiza Theater and Hamacho Park, visitors will find many traditional craft stores and long-established restaurants existing since the Edo period.
Ningyocho (Subway), Suitengumae (Subway)http://www.ningyocho.or.jp/english/
❾ Suitengu ShrineThe deity of this shrine is one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Nihonbashi and is known as the god of childbirth. On the shrine grounds is a bronze statue of a mother dog watching over her puppy, as well as a family of kappa (Japanese river monster). The shrine is said to offer blessings for childbirth, fertility, and the healthy growth of children.