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Tomioka Hachimangu, Koto

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Take in the rich craftsmanship of Tomioka Hachimangu, a large shrine dedicated to the god Hachiman--with a bit of a sporting heritage. Established in 1627, the shrine was destroyed in the bombing of Tokyo on March 10, 1945, and had to be rebuilt. It also represents the birthplace of kanjin-zumō in 1684, thus making it the direct origin of Japan's modern-day professional sumo. Around the site you'll see various monuments to this sport, including the Grand Champion monument, listing the names of champion sumo wrestlers in history. The Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri water fight festival happens here annually in late August. Tomioka Hachimangu is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Tokyo Edition.
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  • We came partially to see the shrine, but mainly to visit the Sunday antiques market. The market proved to be much larger than expected. The many stalls varied between good quality antique pottery, bro...  more »
  • There is an antique market here in the first, second and fourth Sunday of each month. It is lots of fun to stroll around the temple grounds and see all the interesting objects for sale. It is helpful ...  more »
  • There is a statue of Tadataka Inoh, a merchant who made Japanese map for the first time in the early 19th century. It took him 17 years visiting all through Japan for the purpose! Also there are Sumo ...  more »