Kantō Earthquake Memorial Museum
This museum presents sombre exhibits about the 1923 earthquake that destroyed more than 70% of the city and killed more than 50,000...
Tokyo’s bashō (sumō wrestling tournaments) take place at this massive stadium in January, May and September. Together, these bashō ...
Bashō Museum (Bashō Kinenkan)
Fukagawa was considered a very remote area of Edo in 1680 when the revered haiku poet Matsuo Bashō arrived here. At this small, plain...
Travellers who visit Tokyo in January, May or September should not miss the opportunity to attend a Grand Tournament at Tokyo's...
Given the preponderance of sumō stables in Ryōgoku, it’s only natural that you’ll find restaurants serving the calorie-rich chankonabe ....
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Edo-Tokyo Museum information
This massive, futuristic institution is by far the best city-history museum we have ever encountered. The permanent collection on the upper floors starts with a reconstruction of half of the bridge at Nihombashi, on either side of which are thorough histories of Edo and Tokyo respectively, mostly with excellent English signage. Highlights include the lodgings of the daimyō (domain lords), wood-block printing, the evolution of kabuki and Tokyo’s headlong rush to Westernise. There are often special exhibits, but the extent of the permanent collection is usually enough to overwhelm most visitors.