The spy who came from the cold country


Sumo Museum: 3 minutes from the west exit of JR Ryogoku station.

Edo-Tokyo Museum: 7 minutes from the west exit of JR Ryogoku station.

 Fukagawa Edo Museum: 3 minutes from the "A3" exit of Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station on the O-Edo line

 You don't have to worry about rainy days while visiting Tokyo, because there are good museums worth spending a day to look around. Some museums near Ryogoku may help you understand Japanese traditions much deeply.
And you will find these air-conditioned museums a nice place on not only rainy days but also scorching hot or freezing cold days.

[Translation by an automatic translator]

The day of the intense heat that sweat runs down like a waterfall from the skin of Papua New Guinean. The season of the cold winter wind that Eskimo's snivel freezes. Japanese sightseeing can be done comfortably.

Sumo Museum

 Admission is free, and brochures in English prepared.

 You will find the Kokugikan (the national sport) Arena when you turn right at the west exit of Ryogoku station.
Sumo Museum is located on the first floor of Kokugikan Arena. This small museum exhibits Sumo Ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock print of common life in the Edo period), the smoking equipments such as tobacco pipes which Rikishi (Sumo wrestler) used hundreds years ago, and much much more that Sumo fans shouldn't miss
Ryogoku station's west exit. Kokugikan Arena's south gate (Sumo Museum entrance)
Inside Sumo Museum Inside Sumo Museum

Edo -Tokyo museum  
 You will see a big strange-shaped building after walking for 50m from Ryogoku station along Kokugikan toward east. That is Edo-Tokyo Museum, and it's only 3 minutes from the west exit of JR Ryogoku station according to a sign on the platform. But it took us 7 minutes to reach the museum from the sign board. So, "3 minutes" might be a time for giant Gulliver to walk.

○Admission: 600 yen, 480 yen for high school (or lower) students, and free if you are 64 years old or over(certification is required).
○Open: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.10:00am - 8:00 pm Thursday, Friday.
○Closed: Mondays (except on National Holidays)Tuesdays, if the day before was a National Holiday. December 28 - January 3 (inclusive)

 The museum has many interesting displays such as a real-sized Kabuki stage and a Diorama which reproduces some typical streets and housings of Edo city.

 You can get some naked information about the licensed prostitution area called "YOSHIWARA" (abolished in 1946) such as "Prostitute's ranking list" etc.

 You can experience farmwork of fertilizing in the Edo period by shouldering the pole with two tubs filled with human waste hanging on both ends. Of course it's not the real thing but dead weights of similar gravity.

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