Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館) is a museum located at the home to Sumo culture, Ryogoku area. It was established in 1993 featuring mainly the history and the culture of Tokyo during the Edo period.
The permanent exhibitions of the museum include the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi bridge and the scale models of towns and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Shōwa periods. Visitors can learn the 400-year history of Tokyo at the museum, also enjoy the flow of the massive transformation of Tokyo before and after comparing to the modern days. Besides the permanent exhibition, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions occasionally as well as special events.
The unique structure of museum building is modelled after an old storehouse in the Kurazukuri style. The 7-storied building houses cafes, restaurants, shops and the library along with the museum space. It’s a great place to learn the lively and energetic history and culture of old Tokyo.
Ryogoku area in Tokyo is becoming more popular among tourists. It’s best known as home to the traditional Japanese sport, Sumo, and the official Sumo stadium The Ryogoku Kokugikan is located within the area. Also there are several Sumo stables where visitors can watch the wrestlers’ morning practice. It’s now one of the most popular activities in Tokyo!