• 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

Alex M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

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.

Jaclyn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Great cultural experience. The match was more exciting than I thought. It makes more sense to have a guide explain the basics.

The ticket price shows 5100 yen. I guess it's a premium you'll pay to have a guide.

The sumo stadium is just a few minutes walk on the same street as the Ryogoku View hotel. If you want to save some money, you can just buy your own ticket for 5100 yen.

Dyann C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I always like to see sporting events when I travel, and what could be more appropriate on a visit to Japan as a Sumo Wrestling Tournament. The tour guide was friendly and very efficient. We were staying at a hotel that was one of the pickup points, so that was a convenience for us. We then made our way to a train station and caught the train to the Ryogoku Station right outside of the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena. All tickets were included in the tour.

I did anticipate the Sumo Tournament lasting several hours, I didn't book the tour with the dinner option in case we wanted to leave at our leisure. The tour guide assured us that we could leave whenever we wanted to without any issues. We walked around outside of the arena area, took a look at the Sumo Museum and read up on some of the history of the sport. We even got to meet one of the retired Sumo Celebrities from our State of Hawaii, former Ozeki, Konishiki. Our guide took us inside the arena just before the matches started. We did not stay for the entire time, but we did enjoy watching the Sumo matches that we did see. We had pretty good stadium seating on the upper levels, we did not have to sit on the floor seating which is much closer to the Sumo Ring itself. We got some food and drinks and was able to eat inside while watching the matches. We left after a couple of hours and our tour guide made sure we understood how to get back to our hotel on the train. I understand it is not common practice to give monetary gratuities in Japan, in fact it is frowned upon, but they do not mind if you give them Omiyage, or a small gift. We had small boxes of chocolate macadamias that we brought from Hawaii and gave our guide some and she was very appreciative and welcoming of it.

Marco G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Awesome experience!

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.

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