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Kevin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This was a fun way to spend the afternoon and a great opportunity to see something different.

Kevin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

It was fine. We couldn't score tickets on our own so chose this option. The seats were fine, the tour guide was knowledgable and spoke perfect English. We met at the bus station to pick up our tickets and then we all got on the subway trains to get to the arena, and she led us and sat with us during the bouts. I think it would be especially useful for someone who'd never been before and didn't know what to experience. We did not choose the Chanko addition. Just the sumo portion.

Anthony v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Tokyo. Our guide, Haruko was excellent - passionate and very knowledgeable about sumo. She also took us to the museum at the stadium and explained the exhibits and even provided photo opportunities with the wrestlers.

Bruce C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Our tour guide Yuki was really good. She was polite and descriptive on the sumo tournament, rules, and athletes. We enjoyed it without having any worries about logistics or language barriers. I only wish the service provided pickup from our hotel.

Dong Hai Trieu D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Must go ! amazing experience and my tour guys was the best

Melinda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Our Sumo tour was wonderful! So fun! Yuki was a great guide who spoke perfect English. She had very helpful handouts so we could follow the action and know which matches were important and why. She gave us background on each wrestler including fun facts. This is the best way for an American to be introduced to Sumo.

Mark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Wow! All we can say is wow! My wife, daughter and I had to pinch ourselves many times during the day, repeating we are at a real Sumo Wrestling Tournament. The colors. The traditions. The Sumo wrestlers, the dress of the officials. It was a wonderful cultural overload. All senses were maxed out. This was a larger group than our previous Viator tours. The leaders though did a great job of breaking us down in small groups. Our leaders lead us onto the train and off to the event. Our leader was great in explaining the whole wrestling tournament process. She noted the key Sumo wrestlers and she noted her favorite, a wrestler from her home town. We sat in very comfortable seats in the air conditioned arena. Just a great day. It will be awhile before we come down from that wonderful afternoon. Highly recommend it.

Mark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Wow! All we can say is wow! My wife, daughter and I had to pinch ourselves many times during the day, repeating we are at a real Sumo Wrestling Tournament. The colors. The traditions. The Sumo wrestlers, the dress of the officials. It was a wonderful cultural overload. All senses were maxed out. This was a larger group than our previous Viator tours. The leaders though did a great job of breaking us down in small groups. Our leaders lead us onto the train and off to the event. Our leader was great in explaining the whole wrestling tournament process. She noted the key Sumo wrestlers and she noted her favorite, a wrestler from her home town. We sat in very comfortable seats in the air conditioned arena. Just a great day. It will be awhile before we come down from that wonderful afternoon. Highly recommend it.

Betina E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This tour was amazing!! They picked us up at the hotel and made sure we were taken care of until the end of the tournament.....easy, clean, wonderful! Our guide, Yukiko, was very helpful, spoke English, went above and beyond to make sure we has everything we needed! Highly recommend this to anyone who can go!!!!

Neil H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

I really enjoyed this tour. The guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. And it was much better than just buying a ticket and going to the event as it was more entertaining when you knew what was going on and why. I highly recommend it!

pcarney2000

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Excellent tour guide.

Maria Victoria F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

The best Tokyo experience.Lost my voice cheering for every wrestlers.We saw the tournament on the opening day and that was the perfect time to see the fierce warriors.I could have paid more for a a better seat/view.

Rosana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Outstanding Tour Guide the history of Sumo Wrestling and training and selection criteria in order to be a sumo wrestler, overall the tournament with out this guide would not have been enjoyable great work must do when tournament is scheduled.

WILLIAM G W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

What a great tour. It was more than we could have wished for. The guide was very helpful at all times, even with a large group she explained the whole Sumo tournament rules and the procedure. We would recommend this tour to anyone to experience the culture and passion of the locals as they cheer on the very large warriors.

Lee T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Great experience enjoyed learning about the history and the rituals behind sumo I was pleasantly surprised by the tournament and the display.

babbsbud

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

If you get lucky enough to come to Tokyo when the season of Sumo is on.... you must do this tour...
Fabulously organized, just enough information to understand, a quick study of the on-site museum, and reserved seats. Wonderful afternoon, filled with the excitement of the Sumo and with your new knowledge you can totally enjoy yourself. The experience should be on everyone's bucket list and this tour is the perfect way to attend Sumo Wrestling. The tour guide was TOP CABIN... and you can leave the matches at your own desired time. It was a PERFECT tour!!!

Steven C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Must do in Japan if you are any sort of sports fan. Guide was terrific and provided excellent background material even for someone familiar with the sport..

Gguy United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Great piece of Japanese culture. If you get a chance go. Inge was bril and explained the rituals

Dana B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

This was an excellent addition to our time in Japan!!! IT WAS GREAT!! The tradition the tournament and our trip leader all FIVE stars!!!

Richard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Our tour guide guide was knowledgeable and had a variety of printed material to make the whole sumo experience engaging and most importantly understandable! If you happen to be in Tokyo at the right time then watching the Sumo tournament is an absolute must. This tour made the whole process very easy although it was more expensive than if you were to book your tickets independently. Don't miss out on watching the Sumos!

Nancy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Fabulous - highly recommend! Much better experience than if we had done without tour. Guide explained everything very well and gave us much insight into the tournament. Also difficult to purchase tickets on your own on line unless you are very familiar. Highlight of our visit to Tokyo!!

Dean H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

A great experience. Highly recommended if you ever visit Tokyo.

Rae S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Seriously amazing. If you have a chance to do this tour do absolutely everything you can to go. The guide was absolutely lovely and very well prepared. She even gave us a bit of useful and interesting information about each wrestler who was participating in the match today. We absolutely loved our time and would go again if we got the opportunity :

Kam Ting C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

captivating. Highly recommend.

Jacqueline P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Our guide, Inage, was great! Our tickets were for the last day so we got to see the championship match. Chanko nabe dinner was excellent and even got to meet a wrestler. This trip was one of my favorite experiences from our visit to Japan. Would recommend to anyone young or old.

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