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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 local train 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 local train 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. 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

Rekha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour guide was exceptional in his knowledge of sumo history and really got us well informed to enjoy the sumo wrestling matches once they started. I would highly recommend going this route if you want to catch a sumo game.

William G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Just loved it, our guide was very helpful and gave us a lot of useful information . I highly recommend it!

William G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful afternoon watching sumo wrestling! Our guide was very helpful, I highly recommend this tour!

Elizabeth F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Sumo tournament is an extremely unique sport and something worth seeing if you have the chance. Great way to gain access to the Sumo tournament which is hard to get tickets. Gives you an option to hangout with other English speakers in Japan from all around the world.

Brett C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great experience

Jeanine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was excellent, the guide very helpful and the seats good. All in all, a very worthwhile tour. The dinner was fine, for a group experience.

Nicole C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were lucky enough to be in Tokyo during the May sumo tournament and this was by far the highlight of our trip!! Our Tour guide, Miki, was extremely knowledgable about Sumo, the tournament, and the wrestlers. She explained the rules and how the tournament works. She walked us through the Sumo history museum and showed us the prizes. She even made us a cheat sheet for all the wrestlers so we understood the odds per match! We had a great time and I would highly recommend this tour!

thede m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

If you can do only one thing in Tokyo... This is it.

Jacques A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour, well worth the money. Our guide helped us understand the culture of Sumo and helped follow the action during the matches. The atmosphere in the stadium was electrical! I recommend this for anyone who wants to see a piece of Japan culture that you will not see anywhere.

Kathleen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great experience very much enhanced by the guides explanations and knowledge. Loved the time we spent.

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