Ryogoku Kokugikan is the largest sumo arena in Japan with a capacity for 13,000 spectators and where the three Grand Sumo Tournaments or basho are held in January, May and September. The current Ryogoku Kokugikan building was completed in 1985, however there have been two previous Kokugikan buildings in Tokyo. Ryogoku Kokugikan is also used throughout the year for other events including boxing, pro wrestling and music concerts. On the first flour of the Ryogoku Kokugikan building is the Sumo Museum has displays of historical materials including wood block prints, ceremonial aprons and banzuke (official ranking listings).
Ryogoku Kokugikan - Entrance to building
Ryogoku Kokugikan - Flags at the front of Ryogoku Kokugikan
Ryogoku Kokugikan - Two sumo outside building
Ryogoku Kokugikan - Stone statue of two sumo locked in battle outside Ryogoku Station
Sumo Museum 10:00 - 16:30, closed Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, during Grand Sumo Tournaments and when exhibits are being changed. Main venue depending on event schedule
Sumo Museum: Free. Main Hall depends on event being held.
1-3-28 Yokoami, Ryogoku District, Sumida Ward, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture.
Short walk from Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line. 5 minute walk from Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo Subway Line.
Official Web Site: www.sumo.or.jp/en/index
Ryogoku Kokugikan Map including surrounding attractions.
Author: Craig Fryer