[4K/Binaural] Tokyo Walk, Walk from Sumida Hokusai Museum to Sumida River [Virtual Walking Tour]
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We walked from the Sumida Hokusai Museum to the Sumida River. Along the way, we passed by the Edo-Tokyo Museum with its unique architecture, the Ryogoku Kokugikan where sumo is held, the former Yasuda Garden with its beautiful Japanese garden, and the Sword Museum with its historical Japanese swords, before reaching the Sumida River.
What is a sword museum?
The Museum of Swords and Swordmaking preserves and displays Japanese swords, and serves as a base for the dissemination of Japanese sword culture and the appeal of Japanese swords to the world. The museum's collection includes a large number of swords, sword armor, sword accessories, armor materials, metalwork materials, and old biographies, among which are many national treasures and important cultural properties designated or certified by the government.
What is Ryogoku Kokugikan?
Ryogoku Kokugikan, located in Sumida-ku, Tokyo, is known as a sacred place for sumo, as the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament is held there three times a year. "Many people think that the Ryogoku Kokugikan is only used for sumo tournaments, but it is actually used for concerts and wrestling, and will be used as a venue for boxing competitions in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
At the main entrance of the Ryogoku Kokugikan, there are paintings depicting old sumo matches and the championship cup on display, so even those who are not familiar with sumo can feel familiar with it and get a glimpse of its history. There are also stores, restaurants, a chanko-nabe restaurant under the supervision of a sumo stable, and a museum, so even if you are not there for sumo, you can still enjoy the museum.
What is the Sumida Hokusai Museum?
The Sumida Hokusai Museum is a place where you can see original works by one of Japan's most respected artists, Katsushika Hokusai.
I hope these walking routes and walking videos are helpful to you as you plan your trip to Japan!