Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament
Book now to avoid disappointment of missing this once-in-a-lifetime event! Available dates for 2015's tournament season are May 10 -24, September 13-27.
- Likely to Sell Out
- All entrance fees included
- Seasonal Offer
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
Stop by the Sumo Museum where you can learn about this 1,500-year-old Japanese cultural tradition before you continue to the arena to watch the real thing. See important sumo-related items on display, such as woodblock prints, folding screens and ceremonial aprons from as far back as the Edo period.
Next head into the the Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Feel the excitement during an opening ceremony called dohyo-iri, where your guide will start to explain what's happening at the amphitheater.
You'll watch a series of sumo wrestlers grapple in the elevated ring — made of clay and covered in a layer of sand — from your B-class reserved seat on the second floor. Consult your brochure and sumo-ranking list for the day’s events; junior division sumo matches are held first, proceeding the higher-ranked matches slated for later in the day. Another way you'll know when the big matches are on: the makuuchi (senior-division wrestlers) wear kesho-mawashi, or ceremonial apron.
Put on your headphones and listen to English commentary throughout the approximate 2.5-hour match, following along during each lightning-speed match of one minute or less.
Watching the sumo matches is the main event, but there are other things to enjoy at the arena. Check out the championship flags in the entrance lobby, purchase a bite to eat from one of the vendors at any time, and don't forget to browse the various sumo-related goods on sale.
Afterward, your guide accompanies you to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal and explains directions back to your hotel. If you select the dinner option, you’re taken to a nearby restaurant.
Optional Upgrade: Dinner
Upgrade your experience to include dinner at a local chanko restaurant, most likely run by a former sumo wrestler. Enjoy chankonabe, a hearty stew that is the traditional food of sumo wrestlers. Your guide will not join you for dinner, leaving you to make your own way back to your hotel.
Please note: You may have to wait to be taken to your seat if a sumo match, ring-entering procession, ritual stomping ceremony or a speech by the Sumo Association is already underway.
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Selected Tokyo city hotels or Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal
If you choose the tournament only option, the tour concludes at the stadium
If you choose the tournament with Chanko dinner upgrade, the tour concludes at the restaurant
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Tournament and Chanko Dinner
Sumo wrestling tournament with chanko dinner at local restaurant
USD $113.78Pricing details
Sumo Wrestling Tournament
Sumo wrestling tournament only
USD $82.75Pricing details
Sumo Wrestling Tokyo
- Hotel pickup
- B-Class reserve seat on the second floor
- Professional guide
- Chanko dinner (if option selected)
- Sumo information pamphlet and sumo-ranking list (in English)
- Gratuities (optional)
- FM radio rental
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
- Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
- Reserved tickets are B-class (second floor seats)
Reviewed by: Timothy N, May 2015
If you are in Tokyo during one of the tournaments I highly recommend signing up for this tour. It is exactly as described and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and engaging with the entire group.
Reviewed by: Michael B, May 2015
Incredible afternoon. I'd urge you to spend the money to attend if you are in Tokyo during one of the 5 Sumo tournaments held each year. The wresting is just part of the fun. These huge men are, well, yes huge, but also gifted athletes in terms of strength and flexibility. Combine this with the ceremonial part and you get a great Afternoon. And do have a draught beer from one of the young girls wandering around. Perfectly lured beer topped with the obligatory perfect foam.