Japan’s Edo Period lasted from 1603 to 1868. Many aspects of Japanese culture flourished during this feudal era, from woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) to kimono making. The Edo-Tokyo Museum is known for its miniature replicas of old towns and the life size model of the old wooden Nihonbashi (the Japan Bridge).
Ryogoku Kokugikan or the Ryogoku Sumo Hall is the most important sumo arena in Tokyo and host to the annual tournaments, when they’re in town. The Sumo Museum is also located inside the hall. Ryogoku is known for sumo culture and many statues and monuments can be found in the area.
Mukojima Hyakkaen is a flower garden from the Edo Period, commissioned by a wealthy antiques dealer in the early 1800s. It’s known for its many ume (plum) trees and for its impressive tunnel made out of bush clover. Hyakkaen means “garden of a hundred blooms“.
Sumida Aquarium is connected to Tokyo Skytree Town. The aquarium is home to hundreds of species of fish and other sea creatures. The highlight is the open air penguin tank and the light projection “fireworks show”.
Eko-in is a Buddhist temple in Ryogoku, Sumida. It was built to welcome the spirits of those who died without relatives. It’s thought to have been inspired by the victims of the Great Fire of Meireki (1657), which took over 100,000 lives and destroyed over half the city.