Taito, Japan
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clock-o2 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Eat, train and fight like a real Japanese sumo wrestler during this 2-hour sumo demonstration and authentic ‘Chanko Nabe’ (hotpot) lunch. Discover the history, training and rules behind the typical sumo match as you watch three real clashes. You can even try it yourself during a skirmish with a retired wrestler. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dig into a tasty Chanko Nabe lunch, a filling meal of hotpot, rice, miso, salad, French fries and more, used by these hulking fighters to gain weight. Admission to the demonstration and lunch are both covered.
  • Challenge retired sumo wrestlers and eat a lunch of 'Chanko Nabe' (hotpot)
  • Learn the history, rules and training rituals of sumo wrestlers as you observe three real matches
  • Battle a hulking, retired, sumo wrestler as you enter the ring yourself (if you dare)
  • Fill up on tasty Chanko Nabe, rice, miso, salad and more during an included lunch
  • Great way to experience the life of a sumo wrestler in Japan

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M
, Jan 2019

They gave a brief but good background description of sumo, from origin to present. The ex-sumo wrestlers put up an entertaining show that was both educational and fun. They allowed whoever who wanted to, to try their hand at wrestling them while wearing a fun fat suit. They also gave us time to ask questions at the end, although we did run out of time at the end. The only thing that was meh was the food, although since it was my first time eating chanko, I can't tell whether it was supposed to be bland or it just didn't suit my taste.

M
, Dec 2018

We wanted to see Sumo during our trip to Japan but were not sufficiently into the sport to want to sit through a serious competition. This experience was ideal. We were given a demonstration by two retired sumo wrestlers who showed us training exercises, winning moves, foul moves and then had three serious bouts. There was an exceptionally enthusiastic and well-informed compère who explained everything as we went along. In addition, the venue ran video of competitive matches to give us a feel for the real thing. There was lots of information about the history of sumo and the structure of the sport. Then came the sumo challenge, where members of the audience could put on a ‘fat suit’ and have a light hearted wrestle with the sumo of his/her choice - great fun for kids and adults alike. After the demonstrations we sat down to an ample meal of the sort that a sumo would eat when in training and it was delicious as well as filling. After the meal, one of the sumo came back for a Q and A session, facilitated by our cheerful compère. The whole event was a tremendous success and just the right mix of entertainment and education that we were hoping for. I would strongly recommend this for anyone with even the slightest interest in sumo, looking for a fun introduction to the sport. The organisation and presentation were excellent and of high quality.

j
, Oct 2018

A great experience!! The Sumo wrestlers and their emcee were very engaging and enjoyable to watch. The wrestlers made the lunch and it was one of the best meals we had during our visit to Japan. We cannot say enough great things about this! Make the time for it and you will love it!!

J
, Sep 2018

This was one of the highlights of our trip and way better than we expected. The sumos were hilarious while they shared their culture with us. They genuinely seemed happy to be there and made sure to keep us laughing. Food was good and they even gave us a second helping of soup if we wanted it. there was plenty of time for photos and questions with the sumo's. They were both former professionals so it was really cool to see them in person.

C
, Sep 2018

This was a very informative and fun tour. The wrestlers were great. The food was good. We did get lost but finally found the location.

A
, Jul 2018

great experience to watch sumo wrestlers. The sumo wrestler was very humorous and made the audience laughed a lot. Enjoyable.

N
, May 2018

I got to wrestle with a real Sumo! That alone was worth it. This was basically a lunch with a guest speaker and then time to volunteer to wrestle with two Sumos at the end. The food was yummy and unique - in that it was cold when it came to the table. You were instructed to pull a tab sticking out of your bowel and then the soup magically got hot! I couldn't help myself - I had to pull the bowl apart and see what was inside. it was a little pouch with some kind of reactionary powder inside. When you pulled the string, you mixed the chemicals together and this made the pouch get hot enough to heat your soup. But be careful! They warn you not to pull the bowl apart because it's hot enough to burn you. I learned a lot about Sumo and had plenty of time to take pictures. Give yourself extra time to find the restaurant. It is down an off-the-beaten-path road and on the 2nd floor through an inconspicuous door. They emailed me a picture of the door with the voucher - which was very helpful finding it.

R
, Apr 2018

Fantastic tour. Appreciated the guide's good English skills and her explanation about the history of Sumo. Even more detail would have been interesting - is sumo rooted in religion? how did it evolve over the years etc. The question answer period was also quite informative and the sumo wrestlers' personalities were entertaining and engaging. Great for kids as well.

g
, Feb 2018

Great Performance form the two retiered sumo wrestlers. The food was pree-cooked but not bad.

W
, Jan 2018

One of the best tours i have ever taken. It was a lot of fun and very informative


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