• Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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 hot pot or sukiyaki restaurant (if upgrade selected)

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament

Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament

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.

Customer Reviews

Gregory E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Fantastic tour guide and excellent experience.

Thomas David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very enjoyable event, something to be seen if you are lucky enough to be in Japan when the matches are on. Guides know a lot about Sumo and are very happy to explain the whole competition from the clothes worn to the procedure of salt throwing to the banner shows before each match.

If you want to visit the tourist shops inside the stadium, turn up early. I arrived at 2 pm and just went straight to the hall with the guides. The sumo matches are televised and as such, need to finish by 6 pm. So they ran the matches back to back. The souvenir shops are located on a different floor to the seating areas and close before the matches end. I had a choice of visiting the shops or watching the main event.

Finally, the people who actually book your ticket and accompany you to the show are excellent. They speak English, are friendly and very patient. I found the customer service team with Viator to be the exact opposite. I booked tickets for this show in January, had questions about the timing - wasn't sure if I could make it - spoke to 3 different people in Viator who promised to get back in touch with the required details. It's mid-Feb. and I am still waiting for a reply. If you are pushed for time, have questions or need assistance, don't use Viator.

Mark D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Awesome! The tour guide was great, she was a true fan of the sport. Presentation was excellent and entertaining. A must see when in Tokyo.

Mark M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Well worth it, excellent English speaking guide and very well organised. Get to the meeting place early as you can spend some time locating the meeting place for the tour.

Kevyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Tour was great. Have always wanted to see sumo live and finally got the chance. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Definitely recommend if you are in town at this time

j9price

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It really improved the experience having a guide with us. Well worth the price to guarantee the tickets and the added service of having someone take you there and during the tournament. She gave us a personal explanation sheet of all the Sumo wrestlers and their trademark moves. We continued to watch the tournament the week afterwards on tv paying special attention to the Sumos that the guide pointed out to us.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The sumo tour was excellent and we had a great time watching the tournament. The guide Halle did a great job explaining who the wrestlers are and how the tournament operated.

yazmontoya

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We were lucky enough to be in Tokyo right on time for the tournament. Great information was provided by our tour guide.

madbaker

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an absolute treat. It was so interesting and having the background knowledge of the tour guide to learn so much more about the sport made the whole experience a highlight of our trip. We went with 3 families with children as young as 10 and all of us had a great time. If ever you are in Japan, Sumo is a must.

Fran A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide was excellent. She explained the history about the sport and provided us with a listing of each wrestler with information about the person. She answered all of our questions and was so helpful and polite. What can be said about the match but that it's amazing!!!

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