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  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
From GBP 68.55

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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.


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  • 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 or sukiyaki restaurant, most likely run by a former sumo wrestler. Enjoy chankonabe, a hearty stew that is the traditional food of sumo wrestler, or sukiyaki, a dish consisting of thin slices of meat, tofu, and vegetables cooked in a soy sauce-based broth. 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/Sukiyaki
Code: F560_

Sumo wrestling tournament with traditional Japanese chanko or sukiyaki 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 or Sukiyaki dinner (only if you select tour option "Tournament and Chanko/Sukiyaki")
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Gratuities (optional)
      Additional Information:
      • 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
      • 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 select Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal and meet there directly. Direction will be provided on your voucher after your booking is confirmed
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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: Benny Y, January 2017

      We were extremely lucky to be in Tokyo at the time of the Sumo Tournament in January 2017. We followed Emiko who told us about the traditional art of Sumo which has survived to this day, her English was perfect and the stories she told us about the celebrity wrestlers kept us entertained. She got us there with plenty of time to get comfortable and see all of the important bouts! We then enjoyed a traditional Japanese dinner complete with sake! Would definitely recommend this tour to people who haven't seen the amazing sport. Would love to return again some day to see the tournament again

      Reviewed by: Hérica K, January 2017

      Good experience. The tour guide was nice and very knowledgeable, sharing a lot of interesting facts about sumo. The seats weren't the best but it was decent. If you do wish to see the sumo wrestlers arriving around 1400 you have to get there earlier and meet up with the group at the arena. We arrived after 1500 and by then pretty much all the the wrestlers had already walked in. It was a fun time, I recommend this tour.