Sumo has been a popular spectator sport in Japan for centuries. Come discover the history and culture behind the wrestling matches at this pocket-sized museum.
Sumo wrestlers were not always fat
Sumo orginated in Shinto Shrines
The Banzuke is kept at this museum, where you can see the rankings of the wrestlers
Easily accesible within 25 mins from Shinjuku via JR Sobu Line.
The museum is housed inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall. The hall is a 1-minute walk from Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line, or a 5-minute walk from the Oedo Line exits for the same station.
Located right inside the Ryogoku sumo stadium, the museum showcases rotating exhibitions of art and paraphernalia related to the history of sumo wrestling. Some of the highlights are nishiki-e woodblock prints portaying ancient champions and the richly embroidered kesho-mawashi, silk ceremonial aprons worn by high-ranking wrestlers.
You will also be able to see the banzuke, the official ranking list of all sumo wrestlers in Japan and 500 sumo dolls. Entrance to this museum is free, courtesy of the Japan Sumo Association.