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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 local restaurant.

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 or sukiyaki 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 or sukiyaki 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 the chanko or sukiyaki dinner upgrade, the tour concludes at the restaurant. If you select the option without dinner, the tour concludes at the stadium.

Customer Reviews

Mary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We really enjoyed this half day tour. We were unable to get tickets to the tournament at short notice so this tour gave us entry to the second last afternoon of the tournament. Having a Japanese, English speaking guide made it far more enjoyable and informative than if we had gone alone.

Asta S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to experience Japans culture and rich heritage I would definitely recommend going to see Sumo Wrestling. We had a fantastic time ... even my Japanese sister in-law who had never seen Sumo had a blast. She has since booked a seasons pass for herself and her husband. Do yourself a favour and GO!

Mark A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a great time on our tour to the Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo in January, we had a lovely guide and very happy with our experience, love Japan

Hannah F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great day out to see a more traditional side of Japan. We had a very enthusiastic guide who gave a really good and interesting insight to Sumo. For anyone thinking of going on this tour it is definitely worth doing.

Sydney W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

All aspects of the tour were excellent.
The meeting arrangements were good, travel to the arena was simple and our guide Miki was excellent. She did a great job of explaining the rules and the traditions associated with Sumo and showed a real passion for the activity. I would recommend this tour if you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo during one of the Sumo tournaments.

Morrison M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Best experience I have ever had! Our guide was highly passionate about sumo wrestling and wrote a brief description of all the wrestlers we saw that day, explained all the rules very clearly and helpful about where to go for souvenirs, food, drinks! Seriously a MUST when you visit Tokyo! We did have the dinner included which was nice but could have done without it but overall one amazing experience!!!

Kristy L S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Guide was really well prepared and knowledgable which really helped us understand the sumo action.

Ian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Good guide. Made the night far more interesting and enjoyable.

ARTURO C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Highly recommended, Tour Guide extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Ashley W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A real treat to see the tournament live. It made watching it on tv for the balance of the week far more interesting.

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