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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
We were lucky enough to be in Tokyo right on time for the tournament. Great information was provided by our tour guide.
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.
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!!!
An incredible experience, to be part of a great tradition, it was a lot of fun and educational.
One of the highlights of our trip to Tokyo. The seats were waaay up the top but could still see and enjoyed the experience.
it was an experience we shall never forget. We were amazed the entire 4 hrs. Will try to watch it when available on TV
I did not expect I would enjoy it, but having lived in Japan for a while thought I should try at least once. To my surprise, I really enjoyed! Having a guide to explain and share notes about the wrestlers, including their mini bios, scores so far and some funny things made it interesting, because I could understand what's happening and follow through. Would not mind to repeat next time!
Amazing - one of the highlights of our trip. Our host was very friendly and helpful, and the sumo are AMAZING to watch! We had no interest in sport, but after this match ran back to our room in Tokyo whenever the Sumo was on just to see how our favourites were doing. Do it. It is unlike anything else.
entertaining fun event made even more enjoyable by the knowledgeable and personable tour guide. she provided programs that showed the matches with her comments bout their chances of winning and interesting personal information. eg. he's considered the best looki or he's the heaviest sumo in the tournament
To witness an actual Sumo wrestling bout, and a Grand championship at that, 9/23/2017 is not only thrilling but a fascinating eye opener into the tradition of this 1500 yr old national sport w/c has its roots in Shinto religious rituals. While the actual bout lasts only less than a minute, the preparations, ceremony, prayers and various rituals takes several minutes. Supposedly to honor the spirits. Shintoism practice ancestor worship,. The feet stoomping, salt throwing etc., are all meant to get rid of evil spirits and purify the ring w/c is revered and considered sacred place. There was at least 15 or 20 bouts from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The last bout was between the Grand Japanese champion -vs - the Mongolian challenger 2nd best among all wrestlers. The Japanese won and retained his championship to the delight of the crowd. We commend Viator for having efficiently arrange and guided our trip to the Sumo stadium in the heart of complicated Tokyo, the most densely populated metropolitan city in the world, a total maze. In spite of this we were guided smoothly to our bus to the crowded stadium all the way to our seats inside the stadium. Our lady guide in the stadium was full of enthusiasm explaining everything there is to know about Sumo and what's going on w/ the bouts. After the event the guide explained very clearly on how to get to the train station. We took it from there and arrived safely at our Hotel Keio hotel
It was an amazing event! A wonderful way to experience an important part of Japanese culture. The tour guide was knowledgeable, organized, and very helpful.
Great spectacle. Excellent tour guide. Got a good insight into the cultural meaning of sumos and behind the scenes information. The only downside was the seats were in the nosebleed section. Would have been happy to pay more and sit closer if that option was offered.
josephgotchy United States of ...
After having watched Grand Sumo on NHK TV Comcast in Seattle for years, I was thrilled with the opportunity to attend the second to the last day of the September 2017 Tokyo tournament along with my wife, adult daughter and her husband. This was the first time I used Viator and had a little apprehension because the price of tickets and the tour was a big investment for us. WIth that said, everything went as well as we could have ever hoped for. We met at a prescribed spot at Tokyo Station, boarded a very nice motor coach, were driven to the subway/train station, had a non-eventful trip to the venue, and had a terrific time at the tournament. All the while we were part of a relatively small group that had its own escort. She was both knowledgeable, personable, English proficient, and attentive to our needs. Knowing what I know now, the only thing I might do differently is to acquire the tickets earlier so I/we could watch some of the undercards as there are sumo matches going on all day. We saw the big boys....the top ranked wrestlers.....but I think it would have been instructive to watch the progression of proficiency as each rank had its turn in the ring. All in all, this was a wonderful opportunity. I would not hesitate to use Viator again. My wife and I are in our mid-sixties, have traveled in Japan before, were there for twenty-one days on our own this time, but for several reasons thought the best way to attend was to use a service like Viator....they were easy to work with, professional in every way, and we would use them again.
Our guide gave us an information sheet describing all of the sumo wrestlers and what they are known for, made it easy to follow along. If you are wanting to buy souvenirs make sure you do this while the tournament is on. We waited until the end so not to miss anything and everything was closed up
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