Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament

5
436 reviews

5 hrs

E-Ticket

Live Guide

Meals Included

Meet your group at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or Ryogoku View Hotel (near the stadium) in the afternoon, and head to Ryogoku Sumo Hall.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...
Meet your group at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or Ryogoku View Hotel (near the stadium) in the afternoon, and head to Ryogoku Sumo Hall.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: DinnerUpgrade 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.

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What You'll Do

Highlights

  • Likely to Sell Out
  • All entrance fees included
  • Seasonal Offer
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Included

  • B-Class arena chair seat on the second floor
  • Professional guide
  • Sumo information pamphlet and sumo-ranking list (in English)
  • Dinner (only if "Dinner Included" option is selected)

Not Included

  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Infants between age 0 and 3 are free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat; no meal provided
  • If you prefer to include dinner in the tour: 1) Select "Dinner Included" option and specify "chanko hot pot" or "sukiyaki" in the Special Requirements field at checkout. If no meal preference is specified prior to tour departure, chanko hot pot will be served
  • Vegetarian option is available; if you require vegetarian meal, please advise at checkout or prior to tour departure

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Meeting Spot

Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or Ryogoku View Hotel (near Ryogoku Sumo Hall)

Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal - 2:00 pm Ryogoku View Hotel - 2:50 pm

Return Details

If you select the tour option "No Dinner", the tour concludes at the stadium

If you select the tour option "Dinner Included", the tour concludes at the restaurant near the stadium

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable. If you cancel, you will not be eligible for a refund.

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Reviews & Ratings

5
out of 5

We were fortunate to be in Japan during the Tokyo Sumo Tournament in May. Although this review is a few months late, it was a great experience. The meeting area at the bus terminal was very organized, and we were met by our guide, Ako. She provided us with an excellent overview of the sport, and distributed useful information. She accompanied us to the sumo stadium on the train, and throughout the matches, she answered any questions that arose. She went above and beyond to ensure that everyone enjoyed themselves. After the matches were done, she walked us to the restaurant where we had an authentic chanko nabe meal, and ensured that we knew how to return to our hotel on the train. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone!

- Sharon Y, on July 22, 2018

Awesome experience would definitely do it again, the translator was a little difficult to understand. But overall 5/5

- Sabrina R, on July 20, 2018

We were lucky that this Sumo tournament was happening during our vacation to Japan. We jumped at the opportunity and were not disappointed at all! Booking through Viator made this super easy otherwise I heard getting tickets to this is super hard even for Japanese residents. Since we had never seen Sumo it was nice that before the show Sumo was explained and during the show we were handed a quick guide about the different Sumo wrestlers. I 100% recommend this to everyone!

- Timothy C, on July 13, 2018

Any seat in the arena is good. Very enjoyable to watch competitors in action. Most matches last less than 30 seconds. Would go again. Highly recommended.

- dasmole57, on July 12, 2018

This was a fantastic experience and made better by having a guide explain everything to us. We learnt about the history of the Sumo, how the matches work, how much the Sumo's earn through sponsors and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of the stadium. Highly recommended.

- Thechaneys4, on June 24, 2018

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Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament

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