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Ryogoku, Sumida

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Ryōgoku is a neighborhood in Sumida, Tokyo. It is surrounded by various neighborhoods in Sumida, Chūō, and Taitō wards: Yokoami, Midori, Chitose, Higashi Nihonbashi, and Yanagibashi.In 1659, the Ryōgoku Bridge was built, spanning the Sumida River just upstream of its confluence with the Kanda River. Its name, meaning "two provinces," came from its joining Edo (the forerunner of Tokyo in Musashi Province) and Shimōsa Province. The neighborhood derived its name from that of the bridge.The Forty-seven Ronin avenged the death of their lord, Asano Naganori, by breaking into the mansion of his enemy, Kira Yoshinaka, in 1703. Part of the mansion has been preserved in a public park in Ryōgoku.Ryōgoku Station opened in 1904, bringing rail transportation to the area.It is regarded as the heartland of professional sumo. Most training stables or heya are based there. The first Ryōgoku Kokugikan stadium for sumo was completed in 1909. The present one was built in 1985 in the Yokoami neighborhood north of Ryōgoku. Three of professional sumo's six annual official tournaments take place there.
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  • A lovely area with some wonderful gardens and temple. The story of the fishermen was interesting and it has a wonderful buzz with all the little stalls. Lots of local Japanese go to pray and have thei...  more »
  • Nice quiet area flanked by really busy districts. Oshiage and sky tree to the west, akihabara to the east. You might come across trainee sump wrestlers strolling along  more »
  • During my stay in Tokyo spread across Jan and Feb of 2017, i found Ryogoku to be the most comfortable place to be. Its centrally located and has all basic ammenities and facilities that one would want...  more »