Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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.
The tour tournament was lots of fun, would definitely recommend it.
Everything went very smooth. The Sumo matches were exciting, the crowds were boisterous and the guide was informative. Thank you for a wonderful time.
We adjusted the whole trip to go to the sumo tournament and it was great! We loved every minute of it.
The sumo wrestling was amazing; it was so interesting and such an experience. I would love to go again!
The only issue I had was that we were asked to meet at a bus station for the tour, so I assumed we were being taken by bus. Instead, we were all herded off on the subway, which is fine except it would make much more sense for people to meet out at the sumo venue. The guide was great and gave us lots of valuable insight into the sport. A really enjoyable afternoon.
The tour guide explained all the rules and traditions of Sumo Wrestling. We learned a lot about the sport and have a greater appreciation after experiencing it first-hand.
Amazing experience. If you're in Tokyo while there's a tournament on, it's a must see!
The tour was much better than expected. Our tour group leader was very informative, knowledgeable, and really looked out for us the whole time we were watching the Sumo tournament. She was constantly giving us bits of interesting info on the sumo contestants. She even made sure people who thought they should have been in our seats, were redirected to their proper section. The museum was very small, yet quite charming. The brochures provided were very helpful. Overall, a great experience!
The wrestling is absolutely formidable. If you go to Japan, you must organize to see a match.
This was a very worthwhile thing to do. It was great entertainment!
I was the envy of my friends when I told them I happened to be visiting Tokyo during a Sumo Tournament. This tour was a brilliant insight into Japanese sporting culture. (Tip: pop out to grab a drink from the kiosk during the Tournament and you may be lucky enough to come face-to-face with a Sumo Wrestler during the tournament, like I did!) I also found it really handy to have a guide explain the insider secrets about all things Sumo, that no guide book can ever tell you! Don't leave Tokyo during Tournament time without attending a match.
The sumo experience is very unique and I found it quite exciting. Having the tour guide present was a bonus as he could explain particular rituals, fill you in on wrestlers' histories etc.
Sumo was nothing like I'd ever imagined - it was better! I couldn't believe how superb the entire experience was. We enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it as a must do to all.
very good experience,very nice to watch .
bad seating and bad english translation
The Sumo was amazing and the background information was helpful. The tour didn't start on time si we mussed the very beginning. One of our group needed additional assistance and that hadn't been planned for in travelling to the venue.
Not enough Sumo, fairly poor seats but I am glad I did the tour.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this tour and how quickly the time went. I only booked because a friend suggested it, but my wife and I both lived it and we're glad we went. The meal afterwards added to the excitement of the day. Would highly recommend it.
We enjoyed the sumo. The guide was helpful and courteous. The seats were high up but we could still see.
This was a great opportunity to see sumo wrestling which was a unique Japanese experience and well priced.
The explanation /background information given by the local guide was very good and the seats were good too.
I misunderstood the inclusions set out in the Viator information which mentioned "Pick up and Drop off included". This didn't mean drop off back to the hotel after the tour. It meant drop off at the bus station where we met the local guide. This was my mistake but I thought the wording should be less ambiguous.
Train was crowded on the way there. However once at the arena, the seats were comfortable.
We really enjoyed the Sumo Wrestling. Our guide was knowledgeable about the sport and she did a nice job of explaining the rules and the importance of some of the matches as we went on day 12 of 15.
I would highly recommend it to any other foreign visitor to Tokyo, if they are there when one of the tournaments is taking place.
Awesom, better than we had expected
Sumiko was fantastic , all the information and knowledge .Amazing
We would have given 5 stars , except we were dissapionted with the venue of the meal at the end of the competition.We thought it was going to be in the Arena , but it was in a Hotel Restaurant down the street .
The mood had gone.
The Sumo Wrestling portion was terrific in all respects. The guide was knowledgeable and the individual audio portion provided in English during the rounds was very helpful and made the tournament much more enjoyable. However, the dinner was terrible. It was billed as a "typical Sumo meal," but was anything but. Further, the guide did not even eat with us. We were in Japan for three weeks--worst meal that we had was with you. Had to go out to dinner afterwards. Highly recommend this tour -- WITHOUT DINNER.