Ryogoku: Tokyo’s “Sumo Town” and why you should be staying there

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So, you’re thinking about where to stay in Tokyo. Sure, Shibuya and Shinjuku look cool- they’re right in the middle of everything!

The main downsides to these areas are that they’re:

1) Noisy at night if you decide you want to get some rest

2) Usually pricier than other areas of Tokyo as they’re right where most tourists want to stay

3) Harder to book at short notice because of their popularity

But thanks to Japan’s amazing public transport systems, staying just outside the epicentre of Tokyo doesn’t mean you can be there every day! What’s more, staying in a more low-key neighbourhood lets you soak up the everyday Japanese life missed by so many travellers.

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Why Ryogoku

A neighbourhood in the Sumida area, Ryogoku is 22 minutes from Shinjuku-Nishiguchi station on the Toei Oedo Line (although this feels much shorter for some reason). Here, you’re in the middle of Sumo Japan…

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