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Sumo stable Morning Training Watching Tour

Sumida City, Japan
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get ‘big in Japan’ during this insider’s experience at a sumo wrestler morning practice session. Enjoy exclusive access to a sumo stable, watching as these massive athletes put themselves through their daily training regimen and go head-to-head. Who knows: you might even get to witness a future tournament champion. A guide is also included to help you gain access and follow the proceedings.
  • Get an insider's look at sumo while witnessing morning practice at a local sumo 'stable'
  • Watch these imposing athletes as they undergo their daily training regimen
  • Learn about the traditions of sumo, dating back to the 16th century
  • Discover new insights into the sumo competition process, including Japan's six annual grant tournaments
  • Great way to gain a newfound appreciation for Japanese sports and culture

What's Included

  • Local, professional guide
  • Sumo stable entrance
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Other personal expenses

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • RYŌGOKU STATION
    1-chōme-3-20 Yokoami, Sumida City, Tokyo 130-0015, Japan

    [ Meetup ] 7:15 am(tour time 7:15-) or 8:00 am(tour time 8:15-) @Ryogoku-sta.(JR) West ticket gate *Please check which time have you booked. *It's JR station and NOT Oedo line station.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your guide in the morning, then proceed inside one of a dozen or so sumo stables that prepare wrestlers for regular competitions that take place throughout Japan.

Learn more about the traditions of this ancient sport, during your visit, discovering its ancient connections to Japanese Shinto traditions which date back to the 16th century. You also find out more about the country’s six grand tournaments, which are typically hosted in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

Watch in awe as these imposing wrestlers put themselves through their daily training paces at the stable, getting a newfound appreciation for the discipline and commitment required by these amazing competitors. Return back to your original departure spot at the end of your experience.

Ryogoku Station Gallery

At 8:00 am, meet your guide at a nearby train station before making your way together to the sumo stable. Get ready to get an insight into this unique Japanese martial art that originated from the religion of Shintoism. Learn from your guide about how the origin of sumo dates back at least 1500 years, and about how  it preserves rituals and traditional aspects of Shinto while also being a major spectator sport in Japan. Before you take your seat, on the ground, in the sumo stable, learn about the six grand 15-day tournaments per year, three  in Tokyo, and once in Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka respectively.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ryogoku

Observing the rules of silence and respect, quietly watch as the sumo wrestlers practice their techniques. Watch in awe as they put themselves through their daily paces and gain a newfound insight into this ancient art. At the end of the practice, your guide walks you back to the train station where you say goodbye.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years old. (Under 10 could not enter the stable.)
  • Practice is to be watched in silence with respect
  • Eating and drinking is not allowed
  • Cellphones must be silenced
  • Photos can be taken but only without flash or shutter sounds
  • Sunglasses and hats are not permitted in the stable
  • *Minimum numbers apply (2 people). There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered full refund and notified 3 days in advance.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sumo stable Morning Training Watching Tour ?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Sumo stable Morning Training Watching Tour ?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Sumo stable Morning Training Watching Tour ?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sumo stable Morning Training Watching Tour ?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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An unforgettable and unique experience!!!
duw1203, Feb 2020
We were greeted by our guide, Yokoshi @the Ryoguku Station and were part of a group composed of four persons. We headed to the stable and walked through an area that is historically dedicated to the sumo. Before entering the stable, we were given instructions regarding the protocol to be observed during the sumo training. The moment we entered the stable and while the sumo wrestlers were already practising under the supervision of their trainers, we realised that we were living an unforgettable and exceptional moment. We felt ourselves as privileged people since a few persons only were authorised to attend the training. Being able to take pictures so as to capture every movement and every emotion of the wrestlers is also an immense privilege as well as being able to be photographed with a wrestler. Having attended this training just before the beginning of the January 2020 Grand Tournament was a moment in time and seeing all the flags raised near the Ryoguku station is a very symbolic experience. Our warmest thanks to Yoshiko to have helped us discover the world of the sumo and live this unique experience. We hope to be back in the future to attend matches during the Grand Tournament.
Very interesting
Sunshine12795152189, Oct 2019
Really interesting. You get to see the effort the wrestlers go through in their training. Naoko was a very knowledgeable and friendly. She answered any questions we had
Superb sumo
Bob38, Oct 2019
Yukio was the perfect guide - knowledgeable, punctual, friendly. Seeing sumo practice close up was one of the most spectacular and wondrous experiences of my life. Totally recommend .

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