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Take an insider’s look at the world of sumo as you learn about their training and enjoy a wrestler’s typical lunch during this 4- to 5-hour, small group excursion. Follow your local guide on a tour of Ryogoku stadium, the heart of sumo culture, as you venture into the world where these massive fighters live and train and check out the facility’s sumo stables. Then enjoy a filling sumo-style lunch of chanko hot pot. Best of all, this small-group tour is limited to just 8 guests, ensuring a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 3-hour tour of sumo training stable in Tokyo
  • Visit the sumo stables with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Keep an eye out for sumo wrestlers in training
  • Learn about sumo traditions and culture
  • Enjoy a hearty sumo-style hot pot lunch
  • Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 8 people

What You Can Expect

Sumo Stable Training Tour with Sumo-Style Lunch

Sumo Stable Training Tour with Sumo-Style Lunch

Discover the fascinating traditions of sumo wrestling as you visit the sport’s main stadium in Tokyo on a small-group tour, venturing inside its sumo stables to learn about how these massive fighters live and train. Then sample a hearty lunch of chanko hot pot, the typical post-workout sumo meal.

Start your sumo tour at Ryogoku Station’s main exit in the morning, where you’ll meet your guide for the day’s experience. Then head with your guide inside the area’s training stables to learn about the wrestler’s daily life. The Ryogoku district of Tokyo, which is home to the sport’s main stadium, is also the location for numerous sumo stables where the wrestlers live and prepare for competition.

The tradition of sumo dates back to Japan’s Edo period, a time when sumo fighters typically competed inside shrines and temples as part of larger ceremonies. Over the years the sport has evolved and the events have moved inside various halls and stadiums through the country.

Enjoy a 3-hour exploration of the various stables around Ryogoku, learning about the sumo’s daily routine, lifestyle and traditions along the way. If you’re lucky, you may get a glimpse of some of these impressive wrestlers in action, though a sighting is not guaranteed.

If you want to watch a sumo tournament in action, your guide will explain the ticketing system and help you purchase passes to an upcoming match (at your own expense). Please note that tickets are generally for competitions scheduled the day after your tour.

Finish your sumo experience with a typical sumo lunch of chanko hot pot. This calorie-dense meal often includes fish, vegetables, meat and tofu, and is served with rice and beer. Enjoy your fill of lunch before heading back to the station and on to your next destination.

Customer Reviews

V.P. v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Fantastische ervaring.

Graeme M

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Interesting tour round the sumo stables, watching the wrestlers training and learning about the lifestyle

Martin G

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Very good tour by the tour leader Meg. Very informative and gave us an excellent overview of the background and history of Sumo wrestling. Enjoyed the lunch afterwards. I would recommend the tour. The only point to make is that a maximum of 2 hours amply covers the visit to gage stables.

akyriako

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Great experience to see sumo fighters up close during training. Sadly, our original sumo stable was not available so we visited another one.

Bonnie P

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2014

We met at 9.30am at the train station and started walking. No briefing of the tour was given and when I asked, I was told the plan was to walk around the area and tried our luck to see if any stables would allow us in. So after 2 hours of walking around, no one would let us in. I felt embarrassed for our poor guide and all of us. We bumped into 4 sumo wrestlers resting outside their stable and took some pictures. That was all we got from this tour. There was a plaque outside a stable introducing the history of the stable but our guide can't read Japanese. The lunch was just a shabu-shabu style meal that you can get anywhere. A real waste of time. :(

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