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.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Sep 2018
having a guide at the sumo tournament was very helpful because she was very informative about the whole event.
We were fortunate to be in Japan during the Tokyo Sumo Tournament in May. Although this review is a few months late, it was a great experience. The meeting area at the bus terminal was very organized, and we were met by our guide, Ako. She provided us with an excellent overview of the sport, and distributed useful information. She accompanied us to the sumo stadium on the train, and throughout the matches, she answered any questions that arose. She went above and beyond to ensure that everyone enjoyed themselves. After the matches were done, she walked us to the restaurant where we had an authentic chanko nabe meal, and ensured that we knew how to return to our hotel on the train. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
We were lucky that this Sumo tournament was happening during our vacation to Japan. We jumped at the opportunity and were not disappointed at all! Booking through Viator made this super easy otherwise I heard getting tickets to this is super hard even for Japanese residents. Since we had never seen Sumo it was nice that before the show Sumo was explained and during the show we were handed a quick guide about the different Sumo wrestlers. I 100% recommend this to everyone!
This was a fantastic experience and made better by having a guide explain everything to us. We learnt about the history of the Sumo, how the matches work, how much the Sumo's earn through sponsors and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of the stadium. Highly recommended.
Our tour guide was awesome! Miki is the best! We met her on the Ghibli Museum tour, and she remembered us from that trip. She is a big Sumo fan, and very knowledgeable and has her own fight card/cheat sheet made up so we could follow each individual match and know something about each of the wrestlers. For me, it was the highlight of our 10 day trip. Loved everything about it. Very happy we were lucky enough to see part of a Sumo tournament, and even luckier to get Miki as a tour guide. She was the deluxe upgrade to a fantastic tour.
The sumo was awesome, the rest of the tour not so much. Were not picked up at location. Tried to find the other location and could not be helped. almost did not get in to see and after 30 min made it in to stadium. Once we got in we truly loved the sumo but i would try to find someone other than sunrise tours to go see. would definitely see sumo but not through this tour. our guide assumed we were not at location and didnt apologize for the total inconvenience. we had the wrong meal and terrible meal afterward. good luck