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Tour code: 2142TYO_F550
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. Current available dates in 2016 are 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. If your hotel is not listed (please refer to Departure Time for select hotels in Tokyo), you can also meet everyone at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. 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). 

When the tournament ends, if you select the option that includes Chanko dinner upgrade, the tour concludes at the restaurant. If you select the option without dinner, the tour concludes at the stadium.

Customer Reviews

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.

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