Friday, October 21, 2011

Walk from JR Ryogoku Sta 5-min, provides you with the history, many documents, paintings (Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyoe)), photos and videos of fireworks. Open: Thu., Fri. and Sat., (daily during Jul.-Aug.). 12:00-16:00. Another main event in Ryogoku is Edo-Tokyo Museum. This appearance is the image of old warehouse. The hight is 62m, which is the hight of former donjon (castle keep) of Edo Castle. It was built in 1984 mainly for Sumo, but it is also used for other sports and as a concert hall. It can hold about 11,000 audiences. Sumo tournament which lasts 15 days is held 6 times a year and 3 of them are held here in Ryogoku Kokugikan, in January, May and September. The tickets cost from 2,100 yen to 14,300 yen. If you buy the 1st floor ticket, there is no chair. You have to sit on the cushion, but the ring is near and it will be very impressive.

Sumo Museum
1-min. walk from JR Ryogoku Sta., or 5-min. walk from Ryogoku Sta. on Oedo Line, is the official museum of the Sumo Association. It houses more than 20,000 historical and  memorial items of Sumo wrestling, such as paintings, books, photos and the like. Open: 10:00-16:30. Closed: Sat., Sun., national holidays & New Year’s holiday.


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