Meet your guide at Ryogoku Station in the morning and walk to the nearby sumo training stables. The Ryogoku district is the center of the sumo world, and these massive wrestlers have challenged one another in the sport for centuries — first at shrines and temples, and later inside halls and stadiums.
Throughout your 3-hour tour of the stables, where the wrestlers live and train, your informative guide shows your small group around the area and offers insight into the daily life. You’ll tour just one of dozens of sumo stables located in the Ryogoku district, where these powerful men are put through their paces as they prepare to compete in the next tournament.
Learn about the lifestyle and cultural traditions of these sumo athletes, from the Edo period to present day. If you’re lucky, you may see some of them in training, but sightings are not guaranteed.
If you want to watch sumo wrestlers at a tournament, your guide will explain the ticketing system and help you to buy tickets (own expense). Please note that tickets are generally purchased for a match scheduled the day after your tour.
Complete your tour with a traditional sumo-style lunch: a chanko hot pot. This mainstay for sumo wrestlers is filled with fish, vegetables, meat and tofu, and is generally accompanied with rice and beer.
After eating like a sumo wrestler, walk back to the station for your onward journey.