Watch Morning Practice at a Sumo Stable in Tokyo

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Taito, Japan

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60 to 180 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Visit a sumo training center in Tokyo to observe the morning practice. Spend approximately two hours watching the sumo wrestlers train and observe the rules and regulations of sumo. It’s a rare chance for visitors to glimpse this exclusive world, and a fascinating window into a Japanese tradition.
  • 2-hour tour to a sumo wrestling stable in Tokyo
  • Watch sumo wrestlers practicing their technique at a sumo stable
  • Gain access to a part of Japanese tradition that not many visitors see

Inclusions

  • Local guide

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transfer to/from sumo stable

Departure Point

Nearest subway station or at the sumo stable

Departure Time

Between 7:30am and 9am
The exact starting time will be advised after booking

Return Details

At nearest station or sumo stable
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Activity requires sitting for long periods of time on the floor
  • Conditions depend on sumo stable's schedule and can only be confirmed about one week before. Tournaments are held in other months and thus, the stable is closed. Exact dates vary each year
  • Ending time of practice varies every day
  • Duration will be between 90 to 150 minutes
  • During sumo tournament season in Tokyo in January, May, September, (around 15th~25th), practice duration will be between 30 min to 40 min. Duration is not usual but price will be same.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.


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MARGARET B
, Oct 2018

A must do for anybody visiting Tokyo. How dedicated and fit these men are!! Our guide was great and explained a lot about the training etc. And the "photo Shoot" after was a lot of fun. Thank you

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Melissa S
, Oct 2018

Watching the Sumo training at the stables was fantastic, such a great experience and very interesting to see their training.I would not call this a tour however, I was given no information on Sumo wrestling, had to meet at the location and found it very expensive for the 1 hour and 10 mins that I got to watch, given that there was no additional information. It would have been beneficial to have some information on the sport and history/ lifestyles of Sumo wrestling.

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Amanda V
, Oct 2018

My boyfriend and I have followed sumo for two years. We saw a tournament in Tokyo last year. Getting to see practice at a sumo stable was icing on the cake. You are UP CLOSE and personal, watching the stable master instruct the rikishi. After practice, you can ask questions and take pictures with some of the rikishi. Very cool experience, even if you don't follow sumo.

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DAVID K
, Sep 2018

Difficult all round from getting confirmation of venue time and place to finding venue, an hour from centre of Tokyo with a number of changes of subway and trains. Over booked not enough space, cramped to say the least, no commentary as to what was going on. Not worth the money, a poor Japanese tour operator.

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pakhibagai
, Aug 2018

This was high on our list of to do's especially since we were missing the tournament season. You think they are slow? Think again! The speed and agility that they display is amazing. We got to see them warm up, do various exercises and see some mock fights. What a wonderful way to spend the morning in Tokyo.

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sdt19
, Aug 2018

Such a great experience to see the sumo wrestlers up close.l Def worth doing. This was one of the highlights of the trips

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Mark S
, Jul 2018

The power, speed and intensity exhibited by these athletes was awe-inspiring. This is a must-see experience for anyone interested in sports and culture.

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Will H
, May 2018

It may seem pricey for a 2 hour activity that doesn't include transportation to and from the site, but it was worth the money and our time. You can see a practice for free if you contact the sumo stable and wait in line early in the day, but it was worth paying the money to secure a spot without waiting in line. Its also hard to contact the sumo stables if you don't speak Japanese.
We watched the sumo wrestlers warm up and practice for 2 hours. Even though there were no verbal explanations during the practice, you can experience the intensity of the sport and understand how the sport works. We also got to take pictures with the wrestlers after the practice was over. And we were able to ask the tour guides questions in English at the end of practice.

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Jenna O
, Apr 2018

The actual sumo part is great! We loved watching them practice.
However, communication with this booking was TERRIBLE. We emailed and called numerous times to find out details of our booking. It does not give you the location or time when you purchase it, so we needed that info. Then the staff was late to pick us up from the meeting location. When we finally made it to the sumo practice she just walked us in and we sat there in silence. You are not allowed to talk during practice - which was fine - but they didn't even explain sumo or anything. I'm not sure why we really need them there at all.
We also found out through our hotel that you can do something like this for free. Our hotel arranged for us to watch sumo as a back up since we still had not heard from our reservation on time/location. This however is watching through a window and not up close and personal like this excursion.

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Greg B
, Apr 2018

This was very informative and well run however tour was for 90 minutes including photos not the 2-3 hours as advertised as such it was not really an in depth experience and I would have expected more !!


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