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Sumida Hokusai Museum

Going with the grain

This museum traces the life and work of ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. Beyond the aluminium façade, the museum explores Hokusai’s links to the local area, shining new light on his famous woodblock prints.

2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku
03-6658-8936
hokusai-museum.jp
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Nakamura Tea Life Store

Take a sip

The Nakamura family has been growing tea in Shizuoka for four generations. This shop sells their organic produce, plus a selection of teaware. Take a seat at the counter to learn the story behind each brew.

4-20-4 Kuramae, Taito-ku
03-5843-8744
tea-nakamura.com
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Yuwaeru

Nature’s bounty

Known for its wholesome nekase-genmai rice, Yuwaeru draws on Japan’s ancient food culture. The restaurant bustles through lunch and dinner, while the adjacent grocery store stocks natural ingredients and kitchen essentials.

2-14-14 Kuramae, Taito-ku
03-5829-9929
yuwaeru.co.jp
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Mizusai

Shapely number

Ceramics are the main attraction at this craft shop and gallery. The minimal interior is home to a mix of sculptures and other works from artists across Japan. Regular solo exhibitions are a highlight.

3F, 1-6-2 Misuji, Taito-ku
03-5846-9118
mizusai.jp
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Ryogoku Kokugikan

Sumo mania
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Sumo wrestling is a battle of strength, wits and finesse. This 11,000-seat stadium is the sport’s spiritual home and hosts three major tournaments per year. The on-site museum provides a further taste of its rich history.

1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
03-3623-5111
sumo.or.jp/kokugikan
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