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.