Ryogoku in Tokyo, Japan, is home to the Kokugikan sumo stadium and a historic center of Japanese wrestling. Nearby Ryogoku, Edo Noren is a dining street resembling an Edo-period village, where restaurants serve chanko nabe, the traditional protein-rich stew favored by wrestlers.
One of my desires while I was planning my Tokyo itinerary, was to meet a sumo wrestler. However, my guide in Tokyo informed me that it was not possible to meet a sumo, unless I had a prearranged meeting with a sumo stable, in which case I would be required to stay two or three hours to watch the training. Also, the sumo didn't train on weekends. But she also suggested that we might be able to run into young sumo apprentices if we ate at a chanko nabe restaurant around Ryogoku which is the main area for sumo training stables.
My guide chose the Chanko Tomoegata Restaurant, which is a short walk from the edo Tokyo museum in Ryogoku. Even though we did not run into any sumo, I thoroughly enjoyed the sumo meal at this elegant restaurant. The meal consisted of a hot pot filled with all kinds of vegetables and tons of protein in a rich dashi and chicken broth. I have to confess that it was a bit too much for me and I wasn't able to finish the meal!
The food was not very expensive and we paid about 1500 yen each for chanko nabe. After the meal, we had the opportunity to purchase a sumo tea cup souvenir for only 300 yen!