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Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament Viewing Tour

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Minato City, Japan
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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.
  • 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 hot pot or sukiyaki restaurant (if upgrade selected)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Feel like a local with B-class seating with Japanese fans, a subway ride included, and a sumo expert guide.
Greet your group and guide at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or Ryogoku View Hotel (near the stadium) in the afternoon. 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. Enjoy your B-class reserved seat on the second floor watch a series of sumo wrestlers grapple in the elevated ring made of clay covering in a layer of sand while your guide is explaining the traditions and ranking lists of the sport. You'll also be provided with an English brochure and sumo-ranking list for the day’s events. Usually, junior division sumo matches are held first, proceeding the higher-ranked matches slated for later in the day. Take the opportunity to take a closer look at the ceremonial apron called kesho-mawashi that can only be worn by the top division of the six divisions of professional sumo (referred as makuuchi).

After the tournament, if you selected the dinner option, head to a restaurant nearby and enjoy chanko hot pot or sukiyaki dinner (depending on your meal selection at the time of booking). Chanko hot pot is a Japanese stew that contains chicken stock as soup base and various vegetables. It's originated in the Ryokoku area and popular among sumo wrestlers. Local people believe that the chanko hot pot served to the sumo wrestlers should be made exclusively with chicken as they should always be on two legs like a chicken instead of four. You can also request for sukiyaki or vegetarian option instead. The tour concludes either at the stadium or the restaurant depending on your tour selection.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ryogoku Kokugikan
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included

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Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers
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Great experience with best tour guide
hannahtangaere
, Feb 2020
A highlight of our time in Tokyo! tour guide Michiko thoroughly explained the sumo, highly recommend
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Definitely book with this company!
chrisjpburt
, Feb 2020
Hadn’t used Viator before, and after failing to book sumo tickets directly I reluctantly booked through here. Turns out I was wrong to be worried! Easy directions were given along with a digital voucher. We found the tour really easily, with staff waiting outside the hotel to guide us in. Our tour guide was lovely and gave us a run-down on the history and current tournament of Sumo. The seats could have been a bit closer, but still a great view, and the atmosphere is amazing! Never knew I liked sumo as a sport but really really loved it.
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Do it!!
mon
, Jan 2020
Must do! Our guide, Honda, what is extremely knowledgeable, personable, and excited for her favorite wrestler. She’s a big fan and shares that with you. This is a great way to get tickets when tickets are hard to get. Another plus was the emperor and empress was at the event!
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The whole family enjoyed it
dfaragassonz
, Jan 2020
It was a very fun experience and better having been given the background of the sport from our guide.
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Amazing sumo
tracyaj
, Jan 2020
Our family of four including a 14 and 15 year old had an amazing time at the sumo. Miki, our guide was a wealth of knowledge. If we could of, we would of booked and gone again the next day!
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Wonderful Experience
peb243
, Jan 2020
Michiko was an amazing guide who provided a wealth of information about the sport and the current wrestlers who were competing. She was attentive and engaging. Watching Sumo in person was more exciting that any of us expected, so thank you so much for such a great experience!
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Cheering for the Underdogs!
rgdigiacomo
, Jan 2020
The Sumo Tournament was one of the highlights of our trip! We didn't expect to have so much fun! Emi was an excellent guide - she shared the history of sumo and also helped us understand the match of the day - providing an overview of each competitor in a way that helped us to truly engage. We found ourselves cheering loudly for the underdogs! I highly recommend attending the tournament and doing so with a guide who can help make it more interesting.
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Great experience
allansteen44
, Jan 2020
Very special experience to watch the Sumo Tournament at stadium. The guide was really nice and very good at answering any question. The dinner was really delicious. The meeting point just next to the stadium.
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Sumo experience
livvi1998
, Jan 2020
Would 100% recommend to anyone in Tokyo. Was an awesome experience. The tour guide spoke great English and explained everything in detail which was nice. Must do!
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Sumo 2020
cmurtagh
, Jan 2020
Fantastic experience. Our guide was lovely and it was great to learn about the traditions of sumo - and also how the tournament was run.

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