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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

Wendy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Hugely enjoyed my first experience of a sumo tournament.
The tour people were very well organised and herded us in small groups via 2 trains to the arena with great efficiency. Our guide was very experienced and knew the wrestlers well. Sumo is a great spectacle and I highly recommend it.

Megan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a fantastic time on this tour. Our guide, Take, gave a thorough explanation of all things sumo, and periodically explained what was going on during the tournament. He was also excellent at making sure our group stayed together, and that everyone knew how to get back to their hotels whether they chose the dinner option or not. The tournament was very entertaining to watch! The seats were a little high up, but I still managed to get some good pictures. Even people who aren't really into sports like me will enjoy this very much. The dinner afterwards was pretty good as well, and it's ready when you get to the restaurant. Overall, this was an unforgettable experience, and Take was very friendly, informative, and funny. This was a major highlight of our trip to Tokyo, and we will definitely recommend it to family and friends!

Jenny W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Sumo Wrestling Tournament was so interesting and our guide taught us a lot about the rituals prior to the actual wrestling. Our guide also would let us know what exciting or unique warm up or signature move certain wrestlers are known for, which was nice to have our cameras ready. It would have been really great to arrive earlier so we could walk around and take pictures, get snacks and watch more matches, but overall this was an amazing experience. Loved it!!

Carl D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The location at the World Trade Center was easy to find. We took a short train ride. The Tour Guide was very helpful and informative. The event was awesome.

Lee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our whole group was really happy with this tour. We got a better price on entry tickets than we would have otherwise the tickets were sold out at the box office and the secondary market prices are high, and ended up with a tour guide that just loved sumo and gave us lots of detail about the different wrestlers and about the sport. Definitely worth doing.

Helen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great experience and our guide was brilliant

richardbarnwell

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a fantastic time at the Sumo. Our seats were great and we were lucky enough to have a fabulous tour guide who was genuinely passionate about the sumo and getting the low down on the tournament and the individual wrestlers really brought the whole experience to life. However, I am not entirely sure I believe her that Endo isn't her type given her giddy excitement when he won!!!! - All in all a brilliant afternoon made all the more special by the guide. Wholeheartedly recommended!!

THOMAS A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great activity choice. Our guide, Haruko, was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful. She was one of the best tour guides ever!

James Andrew L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved the experience and was really pleased that for the most part we could enjoy the Sumo Tournament on our own. I doubt anyone in my group would have appreciated the tournament as much had we just gone by ourselves without some background from the tour guide on the sport's history and the competitors we saw on the day. Loved it!

Carolyn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great way to spend an afternoon. Very informative and fun! Skip the chanko dinner though - you'll find MUCH better food on your own.

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