Top Choice Spectator Sport in Asakusa & Sumida River

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

If you’re in town when a tournament is on – for 15 days each January, May and September – catch the big boys in action at Japan’s largest sumo stadium. Doors open at 8am, but the action doesn’t heat up until the sen…
Traditional Music in Asakusa & Sumida River


Oiwake is one of Tokyo's few minyō izakaya, pubs where traditional folk music is performed. It's a homey place, where the waitstaff and the musicians – who play tsugaru-jamisen (a banjo-like instrument), hand drums …
Comedy in Asakusa & Sumida River

Asakusa Engei Hall

Asakusa was once full of theatres like this one, where traditional rakugo (comedic monologues) and other forms of comedy are performed. There are also jugglers, magicians and the like. It’s all in Japanese, but the …