Up to 6000 STEPS
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Explore two Tokyo neighborhoods full of history and tradition: Ryogoku, the center of Tokyo's Sumo culture, and Kagurazaka, one of the old geisha quarters of ancient Edo.
Discover two of the most peculiar neighborhoods of Tokyo:
This tour will lead you to some of Tokyo's most peculiar and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods. Ryogoku, on the east part of the city and lying on the banks of the Sumida River, is the center of Tokyo's Sumo culture. This usually quiet area lights up during sumo tournaments held here in the Kokugikan, the sumo stadium. We are in the heart of Sumo: the stadium, the statues of famous sumo wrestlers, restaurants selling "chanko nabe," the traditional sumo wrestler food, and sumo stables. Kagurazaka, not far from the Imperial Palace, is a former geisha district of the Edo period. The main street is an elegant shopping district full of traditional and international shops. The neighborhood's narrow, paved back alleys are a real rarity in modern Tokyo and give a glimpse of old Edo. Start the walk at JR Ryogoku Station, move towards Kokugikan, the sumo stadium, and later visit the picturesque "Former Yasuda Garden," a miniature landscape garden, before taking a walk in the quiet neighborhood heading back to the station. A short ride will then bring you to Kagurazaka district, where your "storyteller" will help you discover the small "Hide and Seek" alley and other, even smaller, streets. Take a walk in Kagurazaka main street and end the day sipping a drink in the area, chatting with your new friend in town.