Ryogoku / TOKYO SKYTREE(R),Tokyo
A museum that displays precious references to sumo wrestling — a form of traditional culture dating to the era of Japanese myths.
This museum is located inside Ryougoku Sumo Hall, where sumo tournaments are held. It opened in 1954 to keep sumo references at hand. Sumo wrestling, a national sport in Japan that originated from strength competitions, is related to the culture in several ways, such as rituals for harvest festivals and training for samurai warriors. It is an aspect of Japanese culture that has been beloved for more than 1,500 years. The museum has a single exhibit room where portraits of successive Yokozuna wrestlers are always displayed. Other exhibits change six times a year based on themes. English pamphlets are available that explain the origin and rules of the sumo tournament, where to see the latest rankings, and how to enjoy sumo as a ritual. A one-minute walk from the West Gate of Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line, or a five-minute walk from Exit A4 of Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo Line.