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Sumo wrestling has been a mainstay of Japanese sports for more than a millennium. While public matches make for great viewing, you’ll go a step further during this one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes adventure, which matches you with a real-life sumo wrestler for your own head-to-head combat session.

Perfect for adventure-seekers, or any tourists in search of the perfect travel story, the tour begins with a presentation on the history of sumo and an in-depth explanation of a few key wrestling techniques. You’ll observe three bona fide sumo matches before donning your own costume and entering the ring. Get a chance to pose for souvenir photos and train like an authentic sumo wrestler using the steps you’ve learned. Next, you’ll get paired with a wrestling veteran, who you’ll go toe-to-toe with in a public battle.

After working up an appetite, relax with authentic, savory sumo fare, including chanko nabe, a type of rich, calorie-heavy Japanese hot pot, which will be cooked and prepared by former wrestlers.

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Asakusa Chankoba Sumo Demonstration
Beauty of Japan

Sumo, the national sport of Japan, has a history of more than 1,500 years. Lucky tourists can catch wrestlers in action at practice centers throughout Japan, but on this rare, once-in-a-lifetime tour, you’ll don a costume and go toe-to-toe with retired champions during your own private match, followed by an authentic, calorie-filled lunch of chanko nabe, aka Japanese hot pot.

  • A behind-the-scenes sumo demonstration in Tokyo, with your own wrestling match
  • Get in-depth information on Japan's national sport
  • Eat like a wrestler: Enjoy a full lunch banquet with chanko nabe (Japanese hot pot)
  • Don a sumo costume for photos and a match with real-life wrestlers
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Reviewed 25 June 2018
Great fun! Good for kids!

We visited with our 3 children, aged 11, 14 & 16. This was a great experience! It's very casual and friendly. The sumo demonstration was informative but done in a very entertaining way. Kids will really enjoy this experience. Adults will too! The lunch afterwards...More

1  Thank Broadsabroad2012
Reviewed 8 May 2018
Awesome experience!

This was by far the best thing we did while in Japan! Definitely book beforehand and arrive early to get a seat near the front. There is a sign out the front of the restaurant where it is held, but it was difficult to find...More

2  Thank Emma O
Reviewed 19 April 2018
Awesome Experience

We missed the sumo season- but this was a great experience in place of it. It was well-organized, two retired sumos go through the basic history and demonstrate the, techniques and rules of sumo. You get served some delicious soup and a bento with the...More

1  Thank DEREK T
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile
Worth seeing to feel more connected to sumo. A bit pricey.

I will say this was a bit pricey but I would recommend for people interested in learning a bit more about sumo and it is entertaining. It’s definitely geared toward tourists - which is as it should be. But it’s a larger group than I...More

1  Thank Christina C
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile
Good fun for family

The wrestlers were generous with their time, staying around to answer many questions and pictures with everyone after their demonstration and were willing to challenge all the guests who wanted to have a go (about 10 people). They really made it a fun experience for...More

2  Thank Bettina S
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Nate H
19 August 2018|
Response from Broadsabroad2012 | Reviewed this property |
I imagine there would be but you'd need to forewarn them. You should email the tour operator and ask them directly.
23 July 2018|
Response from Broadsabroad2012 | Reviewed this property |
I'm certain there would be no discount as this is an optional activity. Lots of people chose not to do it. The main part is the demonstration and the challenge is just a bit of fun & a good photo opportunity. You'll still... More
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