With any luck you’ll spot a sumo wrestler out and about in Ryogoku, the riverside neighbourhood that is home to Kokugikan, Tokyo’s distinctive sumo stadium. Across the water is Kuramae, another old neighbourhood close to busy Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree, the city’s tallest structure. Kuramae has long been famous for its craft workshops and still hums with industry.
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
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
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
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
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