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Ryogoku Kokugikan arena

Tokyo, Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena Ryogoku Kokugikan arenaRyogoku Kokugikan is the arena for sumo wrestling which is Japan's national sport, and is located just north of JR Ryogoku station.

This arena has been used since 1985, and before that the makeshift arena in Kuramae had been used for more than 30 years.
Now the Grand Sumo Tournament for 15 days is held here three times a year in January, May and September. (The tournament is held in Osaka in March, in Nagoya in July and in Fukuoka in November.)
It has more than 11 thousand seats, and there is the Sumo Museum in the arena.

Sometimes it is used for professional wrestling, boxing or concert.

While the Grand Sumo Tournament is held, colorful strong wrestler's banners are decked around the arena, so we are enhanced the mood.

Additionally at just north of the arena, there is "Former Yasuda Garden" which is a Japanese garden built in the early 18th century.

Japan Sumo Association official website

How to get to here

By JR or subway

  • Near Ryogoku station (JR Sobu Line / Toei Ooedo Line).

By Tokyo Shitamachi Bus

  • Get off at Ryogoku-ekimae stop. From Tokyo station, about 42 minutes.

Ryogoku Kokugikan arena
The scenery during Grand Sumo Tournament
Around entrance of Ryogoku Kokugikan
Cheered Sumo wrestlers in front of Kokugikan
Souvenir shop in Kokugikan
Sumo wrestler's dolls for souvenir
Former Yasuda Garden
Kokugikan and Former Yasuda Garden

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