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Witness one of Japan’s most iconic cultural expressions at an exhilarating sumo tournament in Tokyo. Set the scene before the tournament by visiting the informative Sumo Museum to see fascinating collections of memorabilia then feel the energizing pre-match atmosphere on the subway as you ride to the ‘kokugikan’ (sumo amphitheater) to see a selection of atmospheric sumo matches. Enhance your experience by upgrading to include a delicious dinner of traditional Japanese dishes at a chanko restaurant. 

You can now pre-book your tickets for the 2016 season. Available dates in 2016 are Jan 10-24, May 8-22 and Sept 11-25.

Highlights

  • Ride the metro to Ryogoku Station, accompanied by a local guide
  • Watch a Japanese ceremony and sumo matches at a traditional arena
  • Join locals in B-class reserved seats
  • Enjoy dinner at a chanko restaurant (if upgrade selected)
  • Hotel pickup from selected Tokyo city hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Here's a chance to get beyond the touristy stuff and witness a traditional and unique part of Japanese culture. Opt for the hearty chanko dinner for a true taste of the sumo wrestler lifestyle.

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament

Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament

Greet your group and guide at a central Tokyo location after departing from your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Ride the super-fast subway to the Sumo Museum and venture within to discover exhibitions that speak eloquently of the 1,500-year-old cultural tradition; see sumo-related memorabilia and ceremonial aprons with ancient origins. 

With your knowledge enriched, venture to Ryogoku Kokugikan to witness the exhilarating Grand Sumo Tournament. Hear an expectant hush descend over the audience as the opening ceremony launches into action and the colossal sumo wrestlers take to the stage. 
Watch a series of sumo wrestlers grapple in the elevated ring and listen as you guide explains the traditions and ranking lists of the sport. Gain further insight into the action as you listen to English commentary throughout the 2.5-hour spectacle. Discover the alternative attractions in the arena during your time; browse merchandise stalls for special souvenirs and purchase specialty snacks from local vendors (own expense). 

Afterwards, return to the original meeting point and make your own way back to your Tokyo hotel. If you upgraded to the dinner option, venture to a local restaurant to enjoy your delectable dish. 

Customer Reviews

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.

Brett G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Had a great time - guide was informative

VANESSA L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We absolutely loved our tour to the Sumo. The afternoon was so much fun, so interesting and a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn all about Sumo. Our guide, Katie was exceptional and had excellent knowledge of Sumo and the individual wrestlers. Her explanations were invaluable!

Ella T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Loved this authentic Japanese experience. Highly recommend - looks exactly like it does in pictures.

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