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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

Jaime S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Well organized, great tour guide and was great to avoid the crowds trying to get tickets.
I'd recommend they advise you it's SUPER helpful to rent the radio for the english play by play. I was the only one who got one and was giving people updates about who the athletes were and more of the details. Price was 3300 yen and then you get 3000 back after the event about 3 CDN

Alan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very informative guide who even helped us get pictures with some of the sumo competitors. Well worth doing.

Martin T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide, Yukiko, was amazing and very enthusiastic about all things Sumo. Took the time to explain the history and traditions of Sumo, plus points of interest in each of the day's matches.
Chanko dinner was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. A real highlight of our trip.

MR RANDEEP G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Well organised. Wonderfully knowledgeable guide and very accommodating to the large groups needs. One of the best experiences ive had in Tokyo! Thank you so much Viator!!!

Sharon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

amazing!

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was great fun and out tour guide was most helpful in explaining the Sumo traditions. I would highly recommend the experience.

Marvin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide for the day, Honda, was funny, informative and really helped us understand about the history and the context of each bout so we could really get into it and enjoy it fully. Thank you!

Dane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really enjoyed our Sumo tour the guide was fantastic and very knowledgable.

Venita G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awesome experience. Really interesting. Our guide provided a fact sheet that he had made which was really helpful. Will defiantly go again with this company.

Meagan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awesome to see! We had a really great time watching the sumos and our guide was so knowledgeable and passionate about it which added to the experience.

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