4 hours (Approx.)
Offered in: English
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The ancient sport of sumo is bound by so many strict rules, rituals, and unique techniques that attending a sumo tournament can be a bewildering experience. Rather than attending alone, book this experience, which includes b-class reserved seating and is led by an expert in sumo wrestling who explains everything you need to know about sumo traditions and culture.
- Enjoy the classic Japan experience of attending a sumo tournament
- Led by a sumo expert who will explain the rules and customs
- Includes b-class reserved seats in the Ryogoku Kokugikan
- If selected, includes dinner at a local chanko hot pot restaurant
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B-class reserved seats
English-speaking tour guide (local sumo expert)
Sumo information and pamphlet
If selected, dinner at a local chanko hot pot restaurant to experience what sumo wrestlers eat.
Departure & Return
Departure PointRyogoku Kokugikan, 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida 130-0015 Tokyo Prefecture
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Chanko nabe, also known as “sumo stew”, is a Japanese stew (hot pot) that contains chicken stock as the soup base with various vegetables. Chanko originated from the Ryokoku area and sumo wrestlers are known to eat a lot of it because a large amount of chanko can be cooked at once and many people can eat at the same time, perfect for sumo wrestlers who are hungry from training.
- If dinner option is selected at checkout, the chanko hot pot dinner will be the default meal (please let us know if you would prefer sukiyaki, vegetarian, or if you have any other special dietary requirements on the “Special Requirements” field at checkout. Please understand that once we have accepted your dinner request, changes cannot be made one week before the tour date.
- There is no age requirement. Children must be accompanied by adult (18 or older). Adult pricing applies to all guests of any age, except infants and toddlers between age 1 and 3, which are free of charge, as long as they do not occupy a seat (infants must sit on parents’ laps).
- Before the tour, please notify us if you or someone in your group will be in a wheelchair. Please note that there is a wheelchair storage area on the first floor of the stadium; however, your seats will be on the second floor. Guests must be able to climb up the stairs on their own (or with the help from a family member) as staff from Ryogoku Kokugikan will not be able to assist guests.
- No outside food or drinks are allowed in the arena, but food is available for purchase from vendors within the arena.
- The seats will be on the second floor B chair seats (from rows 7 to 11). The tour will have a maximum of 20 people sitting in the same location with the English-speaking tour guide.
- Please note that there may be a wait prior to seating, as we must wait for all sumo matches to end before entering. There may also be congestion at the Sumo Museum, in which the tour guide may ask guests to visit on their own since it would be difficult to walk around with a large group in a congested area.
- Most travelers can participate
- When do the sumo tournaments take place in Japan?
- The official basho (tournaments) take place six times a year at various locations with each tournament lasting 15 days (start date and end date both land on Sundays). The exact dates vary, but takes place on the same months each year:
- January Tournament: Tokyo
- March Tournament: Osaka
- May Tournament: Tokyo
- July Tournament: Nagoya
- September Tournament: Tokyo
- November Tournament: Fukuoka
- OPERATED BY Japan Awaits
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sumo Tournament Experience in Tokyo?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
What is the policy on sanitization during Sumo Tournament Experience in Tokyo?
The policies on sanitization are:
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What is the social distancing policy during Sumo Tournament Experience in Tokyo?
The policies on social distancing are:
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sumo Tournament Experience in Tokyo?
The policies on staff health & safety are:
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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