Kokugikan Sumo Stadium & Museum
Kokugikan Sumo Stadium & Museum Reviews
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An unbelievable spectacle! A must do tour if your in Tokyo while the Sumo tournament is on. The informative tour guide gave great insight into this amazing sport, and the English cometary on the head phones was very entertaining. Awesome!
This was very, very interesting, especially for a European tourist.
Excellent tour guide, marvelous event. Would do again. However, if you are familiar with traveling around Tokyo, recommend you buy tickets and try it on your own.
Review by Anonymous, January 2009
Doing what: Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament
Excellent guide & fascinating tournament. Would have preferred seats a little closer to action & would make my own way to the stadium or bus terminal - hotel pick up wasted a lot of time.
Review by Anonymous, October 2008
Doing what: Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament
This was a fantastic deal, the hotel pick-up made it so easy to find and we didn't worry at all about getting lost. The sumo tournament was very interesting, very much a 'local' experience. We felt like we saw something that many other travelers don't get a chance to see. Very recommended.
Great insights into Japanese culture. Excellent and enthusiastic guide.
The price is almost double to take the tour vs. paying for a ticket at the door, but it's still worth it! Having a guide take you to the museum and explain the artifacts and having her there to answer all the questions you have during the bouts are well worth it! We had a great time!
What an experience! The tournament was fantastic, the seats were perfect, and our guide was very informative. We knew nothing about Sumo before going on this tour, and now I'm hooked! We had excellent transfers to and from the arena, and using the trains was an fantastic experience also. Booking on line was very easy, and the Viator group kept as very well informed as to the progress of our booking confirmation. We will definitely consult first with Viator the next time we're planning a holiday.
I had a great time. I thought I would have liked better seats, but the ones given were just fine. The information given was a great help to understand sumo in general, as well as who was fighting who and what their rank was. Excellent!
A fantastic, quintessentially Japanese experience that I'd highly recommend to first-timers in Tokyo. It was well organized, and the guide was an absolute joy. She was very knowledgeable about Sumo, it's history, tradition, and its place in contemporary culture. She was extremely enthusiastic and impressed by my knowledge of the sport, so we were able to have some in-depth conversations about the current goings on of the tournament, which made the whole experience even better. Surprisingly, English-language commentary is available even for the higher-level matches. The guide provided us with radios to listen with, which was a nice bonus. The commentary wasn't brilliant, but it added variety to the experience as the format of the tournament is repetitive. The tour is pitched as a introductory kind of thing, which is appropriate. Now that I've been once with the tour, the next time I'm in Tokyo during Sumo season, I'll go independently. It's simple to get to, and buying tickets didn't seem to pose any trouble to the dozens of non-Japanese-speaking foreigners I saw in attendance. Next time I'll spring for seats closer to the ring. Still, if you're new to Sumo, this is tour is easily the best way to experience it. One last thing: it's a long day, so you may want to bring snacks with you. When I was there, the concession stands were completely sold out of bento lunch boxes, so I was pretty hungry by the end of the night.
This package was pretty well organized and there was an English guide for the tournament which helped us enjoy the match even more. The seats were not bad. It would be nice not to have to reconfirm twenty four hours prior to the event for those of us who find it difficult to make international calls from our home country prior to travel.
Four hours was a bit long, but it was still interesting.
The only good part was sumo itself. The trip was poorly organized. Transportation to the Sumo hall was by multiple subway trains. On the way to the tournament our guide made multiple stops of few minutes to over 30 minutes, when he asked us to wait an disappeared without telling why and when he will be back. After entering the hall he collected our tickets, so we could not go to our seats. We waited than for another 30 minutes. The guide just insisted, we buy t-shirts with sumo design. After the tournament we received information which subway to take to get to our hotels. Sumo itself is just perfect. But if you have another way of getting tickets do it.