Three times every year, Japan’s national Sumo tournament takes place in Tokyo. This excursion allows you to see Sumo, a 1,500 year old Japanese cultural tradition. Watch the live action for 2 hours from reserved seats in the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan hall. Afterwards, sample the traditional food of Sumo wrestlers – Chanko stew.
- Watch the sumo wrestlers’ fight it out from a reserved seat in the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall)
- This is a very popular tour so we recommend making your booking early
- This tour can be joined at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal, or directly at the Ryogoku View Hotel
- Savour a dinner of Chanko stew, the traditional meal of sumo wrestlers
Offered DAILY during the periods of the Sumo Tournament in Tokyo 2018: 14-28 January, 13-27 May, 9-23 Sept.
£ 94.00 per person (adult or child)
Yen price for reference:
Yen 13,200 per person (adult or child)
- English-speaking guide service
- Public transport from Hamamatsucho Bus station to Ryogoku Station (if joining at Hamamatsucho)
- Dinner (chanko stew). Option without dinner: Yen 9,500 per person
- Drop-off service to hotel after the tour
Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal: Please present your reservation confirmation sheet at check-in. After departing from the bus terminal, the tour will go to Ryogoku by train (JR Line or the subway): from nearby Daimon Station or Hamamatsucho Station it takes just 20 min approx. to reach Ryogoku Station, where the the whole area is filled with the atmosphere of the Grand Sumo Tournament. There are also many chanko stew restaurants run by former sumo wrestlers in this area.
Visit the Sumo Museum and watch Sumo at Ryogoku Kokugikan (240 min)
After visiting the Sumo Museum, enter the Ryogoku Kokugikan and see the Sumo bouts from seating (B class) on the 2nd floor. Enjoy the thrilling matches from your reserved seat, and listen to the match commentary in English on an FM radio which can be rented for a fee. A sumo brochure and a English sumo ranking list are also provided.
You may have to wait to be taken to your seat if one of the following events is underway at the time: a sumo match, the ring entering procession of the Makuuchi division wrestlers, the ring entering procession of the Yokozuna, the ritual stomping ceremony, or a speech by the Sumo Association (on tournament’s 1st and last days).
Spectators can go for a rest or grab a bite to eat at one of the arena vendors, even if a sumo match is underway.
Junior division sumo matches are held first, proceeding to higher rank matches as the day goes on.
15:45- Makuuchi Wrestler Ceremonial Entrance. The atmosphere in the arena brightens instantly as senior division wrestlers wearing vivid ‘kesho-mawashi’ ceremonial aprons enter the ring and form a circle.
16:00- Yokozuna Grand Champion Ring Entrance. The yokozuna enter the ring accompanied by two apprentices.
16:10- Intense bouts between the highest division wrestlers begin.
How to enjoy Sumo:
Watching the sumo matches is the main event, but there are many other things to enjoy at the Kokugikan arena.
First, check out the arena entrance lobby to look at the championship flags and other items given to champion sumo wrestlers. The lobby is also a popular spot for photo taking.
Secondly, the arena houses a Sumo Museum where important sumo related items such as woodblock prints, folding screens and ceremonial aprons from as far back as the Edo period are on display. Check out the exhibit during a break in the sumo matches.
Finally, don’t forget to browse through the various sumo-related goods that are on sale.
Chanko stew Dinner After watching the tournament, enjoy Chanko stew, the traditional meal of sumo wrestlers. The tour ends upon arrival at the restaurant. Please enjoy the Chanko stew dinner on your own.
Please return to your accommodation by your own means after the tour. The guide will explain how to get back to your hotel.
1. Participants watch sumo matches from 2nd-floor, B-class chair seating, after visiting the Sumo Museum which is located inside Kokugikan arena.
2. FM radio sets are available at the Kokugikan arena. You can enjoy the sumo broadcast in English. A sumo brochure and a English sumo ranking list are also provided.
3. You may have to wait to be taken to your seat if one of the following events is underway at the time: a sumo match, the ring entering procession of the Makuuchi division wrestlers, the ring entering procession of the Yokozuna, the ritual stomping ceremony, or a speech by the Sumo Association (on tournament’s 1st and last days). In such a case, you will be taken to your seat when the event is over.
4. (V): A vegetarian option is available. Please make a request when booking.
5. Please refrain from bringing food and drinks into the arena. Please purchase food and refreshments from the vendors inside the arena.
(option without dinner: GDT1J00711MMS)