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  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
From GBP 73.16

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Don't miss the opportunity to see a traditional sumo tournament when you're in Tokyo. Ride the subway with fellow sumo fans to the ‘kokugikan’ (sumo amphitheater) and enjoy several sumo-wrestling matches in the afternoon. Beforehand, visit the fascinating Sumo Museum to see sumo-related objects from the Edo period to the present. Upgrade your experience to include dinner at a chanko restaurant with delicious Japanese stew.

You can now pre-book your tickets for the 2016 season. Current available dates in 2016 are Sept 11-25.


  • Likely to Sell Out
  • All entrance fees included
  • Seasonal Offer
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Meet your group at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal after pickup from selected hotels in the afternoon, and ride the subway or JR line to Ryogoku Station.

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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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:

Select hotels in Tokyo (Hyatt Regency, Keio Plaza Hotel, New Otani Tokyo, ANA International Tokyo, and Tokyo Station) or Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal.

Departure Time:
  • 12:20pm from Hyatt Regency
  • 12:30pm from Keio Plaza Hotel
  • 12:50pm from New Otani Tokyo
  • 1:05pm from ANA InterContinental Tokyo and Tokyo Station
  • 1:40pm from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal
5 hours (approx.)
Return Details:

If you select the tour option "Tournament Only", the tour concludes at the stadium.

If you select the tour option "Tournament and Chanko Dinner", the tour concludes at the restaurant.

Pricing information

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Tournament and Chanko Dinner
Code: F560_

Sumo wrestling tournament with traditional Japanese style chanko dinner at a local restaurant

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Tournament Only
Code: F550_

Sumo wrestling tournament only

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Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament

Sumo Wrestling Tokyo

  • Hotel pickup (select hotels only. Please refer to Departure Point for list of hotels)
  • B-Class arena chair seat on the second floor
  • Professional guide
  • Sumo information pamphlet and sumo-ranking list (in English)
  • Chanko dinner (only if you select tour option "Tournament and Chanko Dinner")
    • Hotel pickup (if your hotel is not listed, please meet directly at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal)
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Gratuities (optional)
      Additional Information:
      • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
      • Important Note: Hotel pickup is only available from select hotels in Tokyo. Please refer to Departure Point for list of hotels. If your hotel is listed, it is important for you to select your hotel from the drop-down list at checkout
      • If your hotel is not listed, please meet directly at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. Direction will be provided on your voucher after your booking is confirmed
      • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
      • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat

      You can now pre-book your tickets for the 2016 season. Current available dates in 2016 are Sept 11-25.
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      Cancellation Policy

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

      Traveler Reviews

      Reviewed by: Rekha S, August 2016

      The tour guide was exceptional in his knowledge of sumo history and really got us well informed to enjoy the sumo wrestling matches once they started. I would highly recommend going this route if you want to catch a sumo game.

      Reviewed by: William G, August 2016

      Just loved it, our guide was very helpful and gave us a lot of useful information . I highly recommend it!