Ryogoku: Sumo’s Mecca—Canceled

Unfortunately, this tour has been canceled.

Visit Ryogoku, the home of Japan’s traditional sport of sumo.

This historical Tokyo district has been a bustling hub since the Edo period.

Aside from the Kokugikan sumo arena (the fourth such stadium built in Tokyo since 1909), tour participants will take in Ekoin Temple, with its historical ties to sumo, and Lord Kira's residence, where the revenge of the 47 ronin samurai took place.

Also, uncover life in the early-modern Japanese capital at the endlessly fascinating Edo-Tokyo Museum.

The tour includes a lunch of chankonabe, the staple dish of sumo wrestlers, served in individual portions.

The area is also known for Ryogoku Bridge, which spans the Sumida River. Its former incarnation was depicted in many Edo-era prints.

(Due to unforeseen Covid-19-related circumstances, the itinerary for this tour has changed from its original description.)


  • Connections members: ¥3,000
  • Non-Connections Group members: ¥3,300
  • Fee includes lunch
  • Adults only
  • Connections member registration: Dec 15 (10am)
  • Non-Connections member/guest registration: Dec 22 (10am)
  • Meet at 9:30am at JR Ryogoku station
  • Tour disbands around 2pm
  • Safety measures: temperature checks and mandatory masks.
  • This tour will run rain or shine. Please be prepared for any type of weather.

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