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    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).

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      If you have an interest in sumo, you must go here. Ryogoku Kokugikan is open throughout the year to those looking to see preliminary and real matches. The best time to go is in September, when the professionals are holding matches. Seats are decently priced too. Off season’s a bit quieter, but you can still see the wrestlers walking around or at the nearby Chanko nabe shops.

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