Welcome to Ryūō, a city in Japan known for its annual professional shogi tournament, the Ryūō Tournament. This prestigious tournament is one of the eight major professional shogi title matches and is sponsored by the Yomiuri Shimbun. The Ryūō title is awarded to the winner of the tournament and is considered one of the most prestigious titles in professional shogi. The current Ryūō title holder is Sōta Fujii. The tournament structure consists of six class tournaments and one ladder-format challenger tournament. The top players from each class tournament are seeded into the challenger tournament, and the winner of the challenger tournament plays a three-game match against the current Ryūō title holder to determine the overall winner. The first player to win four out of seven championship games becomes the new titleholder. The Ryūō title gives out the highest monetary prize among the professional shogi titles, with a cash prize of ¥44,000,000 for the winner of the championship and new Ryūō titleholder. Ryūō should not be confused with the Amateur Ryūō, which is awarded each year to the winner of the Amateur Ryūō Tournament. Ryūō is a city with a rich history and culture, and visitors can explore its many attractions, including the Ryūō Museum of Shogi, which showcases the history of the Ryūō Tournament and the game of shogi. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Ryūō, including the nearby Mount Ibuki, which offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Ryūō is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in shogi or Japanese culture.

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