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Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament

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  • 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
Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament
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Hamamatsucho Pick (No Dinner)Most Popular
Meet your group at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. Sumo wrestling tournament only. No meal included
Ryokoku Pickup (No Dinner)
Meet your group at Ryokoku View Hotel (near the stadium). Sumo wrestling tournament only. No meal included
Hamamatsucho Pick+Dinner
Meet your group at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. Sumo wrestling tournament including traditional Japanese chanko hot pot or sukiyaki dinner at a local restaurant
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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.
What to Expect
Greet your group and guide at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or Ryogoku View Hotel (near the stadium) in the afternoon. 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. Enjoy your B-class reserved seat on the second floor watch a series of sumo wrestlers grapple in the elevated ring made of clay covering in a layer of sand while your guide is explaining the traditions and ranking lists of the sport. You'll also be provided with an English brochure and sumo-ranking list for the day’s events. Usually, junior division sumo matches are held first, proceeding the higher-ranked matches slated for later in the day. Take the opportunity to take a closer look at the ceremonial apron called kesho-mawashi that can only be worn by the top division of the six divisions of professional sumo (referred as makuuchi).

After the tournament, if you selected the dinner option, head to a restaurant nearby and enjoy chanko hot pot or sukiyaki dinner (depending on your meal selection at the time of booking). Chanko hot pot is a Japanese stew that contains chicken stock as soup base and various vegetables. It's originated in the Ryokoku area and popular among sumo wrestlers. Local people believe that the chanko hot pot served to the sumo wrestlers should be made exclusively with chicken as they should always be on two legs like a chicken instead of four. You can also request for sukiyaki or vegetarian option instead. The tour concludes either at the stadium or the restaurant depending on your tour selection.
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Reviewed 4 July 2018
Must see sporting event

I always like to see sporting events when I travel, and what could be more appropriate on a visit to Japan as a Sumo Wrestling Tournament. The tour guide was friendly and very efficient. We were staying at a hotel that was one of the...More

Thank Ha_Y_an_Traveler
Reviewed 25 June 2018
Unforgettable experience

JTB Sunrise Tours were fantastic, professional and so well organised. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He explained all about the Sumo wrestlers to us, the history and how the tournaments are organised. Then we walked across to the stadium and took our seats...More

2  Thank Trish C
Reviewed 10 June 2018

Travelling to the tournament with a guide was useful to understand about the procedure prior to each match, and how match sponsorship works. Interesting tournament and the crowd had their favourites ... Their enthusiasm catches on.

3  Thank Anita J
Reviewed 31 May 2018
The tour greatly increased our enjoyment of the sumo tournament!

Beforehand, they provided good directions to get to the bus terminal - our meeting point. When we arrived at the terminal, there were several greeters holding Sumo Tournament signs and they also have a booth there - you can't miss them. We were in a...More

1  Thank s0j0urney
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile
Terrific Tour

We went to the Sumo Tourney on May 25, 2018. Our guide, Shima made all the difference between an okay tour and a great tour! Her enthusiasm was infectious and we all learned so much about Sumo. The event was well coordinated and we enjoyed...More

1  Thank ibbirdie
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bianca C
21 June 2018|
Response from ibbirdie | Reviewed this property |
Google “Sumo Season Japan” and it will tell you when the season starts and where the tournaments are held. I think the 2018 season is but not totally sure
Alex T
8 May 2018|
Response from Meech6ix9ine |
Yes you can just call them and switch dates.
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