Voice Guide of Spot Introduction
Page last updated: Jan, 31, 2019
TOURIST Guide editing dept.
Peter von Gomm

Ryogoku is the name of the area most closely associated with sumo in Japan. The area is home to the national sumo stadium, many sumo training stables, restaurants featuring Chankonabe, and many other attractions. Ryogoku means “Two Countries” and is derived from the construction of a bridge that spanned the wide flowing Sumida River in 1659 connecting “two countries.” The main sumo stadium is called Ryogoku Kokugikan and hosts popular sumo tournaments in January, May, and September of every year. The sumo tournament is held three times a year with other tournaments held in Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. There are different seating options you can choose from to view a sumo bout. Areas designated for groups of four, seating on the floor close to the main ring, or seating in the upper decks of the arena. Simultaneous translation and commentary of the sumo bouts are available in English through rentable audio devices. It is a great way to enjoy the sumo bouts and enrich your experience and knowledge. In the same building is a museum and gift shop where you can get sumo related goods, but during sumo bouts this area is only accessible to ticket holders. The museum is a chance to learn more about this traditional sport with a long and sacred history in Japan. The venue is also sometimes used for boxing and pro-wrestling events. Ryogoku will be the venue used for boxing during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

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1-3-28 Yokozuna Sumida-ku, Tokyo

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It varies according to seasons.
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2 minutes walk from West exit of JR Ryogoku station
5 minutes walk from Ryogoku station of the Toei Oedo line

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