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Tokyo: 2-Hour Guided Sumo Wrestling Tour

1. Tokyo: 2-Hour Guided Sumo Wrestling Tour

Have you ever wondered how Sumo wrestlers get so strong? How they practice, and what Sumo is all about? Come and spend 2 hours observing a Sumo wrestler practice session in the stables where they live and train. Afterwards, you'll get the chance to talk to your English-speaking guide to learn more about Sumo and the tournaments they train so diligently for. Sumo is a traditional Japanese sport, based on Shinto beliefs. Similar to wrestling, the participants try to force their opponent out of the ring or force any part of his body to touch the ground. They train diligently from early in the morning almost every day. See a training session up close and personal as these powerhouses train for the Sumo Tournament, held 6 times a year. Watch these young wrestlers who live together chase their dream of becoming wrestlers of the highest rank.

Tokyo: Grand Sumo Tournament Tour with Optional Lunch

2. Tokyo: Grand Sumo Tournament Tour with Optional Lunch

Discover the art of sumo, the 1,500-year-old traditional Japanese martial art. Watch bouts by top-division wrestlers in the Kokugikan arena, try optional Chanko-nabe lunch - a meal favored by sumo wrestlers, and sumo-related landmarks in the town to deepen your knowledge about sumo before viewing it. First, embark on a guided walking tour around Ryogoku, a traditional sumo town. Visit sumo-related must-see spots including the Nomino Sukune Shrine, a Shinto shrine where the founder of sumo is commemorated. Feel the atmosphere of old Edo (as Tokyo was called before) and see the Kokugikan arena and the many colorful banners with the wrestler's name written on each of them around the front gate. Catch a glimpse of the drum tower and see all the awards given to the grand champion. You will also visit a couple of sumo "stables" to see where wrestlers live and train. If the option is booked, you will then have lunch at a Chanko-nabe restaurant. Enjoy a Japanese hotpot dish which is commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers to put on weight and muscle. The dish typically contains chicken broth soup, and rich protein sources like chicken, fish, tofu, and vegetables. Then, enjoy the spectacle of the Grand Sumo Tournament. Enter the Kokugikan arena to join a group photo session with a recently retired master wrestler. Watch bouts between the Makuuchi wrestlers, including the Yokozuna (grand champion). Immerse yourself in sumo as you listen to the guide’s real-time commentary through the earphone guide system

Tokyo: Custom, Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

3. Tokyo: Custom, Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Japan’s electrifying capital city. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its liveliest streets – and a few off the well-trodden tourist trail. First, meet your guide at the 1300-year-old Sensō-ji temple, the oldest in the city, in the heart of the historic Asakusa district. Get a lesson in Tokyo’s ancient Buddhist history, and see the awe-inspiring Asakusa Shrine, which honors the three founders of the Sensō-ji. Then, walk the traditional streets to the neighboring Ueno district, an old downtown area that’s home to several attractions like museums, historical monuments and the popular Ueno zoo, all found inside the sprawling 150-year-old Ueno Park. Intrigued by Tokyo’s national sport? Head to the riverside Ryogoku district, the heartland of professional sumo. See all sorts of fascinating sumo paraphernalia, small statues of yokozuna (the highest-ranking sumo wrestlers), and Ryogoku Kokugikan – Tokyo’s famous sumo stadium. There’s really no limit to what you can see and do in Tokyo, and there’s something for absolutely everyone. Indulge in some shopping in Ginza's sparkling department stores, or wander around the street of "shita-machi", the oldest area of Tokyo, where you can soak up its Edo vibes. And don't forget to grab a quick bite at the old Tsukiji Fish market- you will be surprised to hear that seafood is not the only specialty here. Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local supplier's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

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What people are saying about Ryogoku Kokugikan

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 212 reviews

I met up with Yuri and she gave me a fantastic introduction into sumo wrestling. She explained how sumo works and the current rankings, as well as who we will be watching at the training. Furthermore, she provided excellent guidance about the do’s and don’ts while in the sumo dojo. People from other groups watching did quite some embarrassing stuff and where called out by the wrestlers. The training was awesome to watch as the wrestlers go through all their exercises and endless bouts. You will see more action During this morning training than you would during a completion. I can recommend Yuri to anyone who is interested in Sumo and wants to learn more about this Japanese tradition.

Absolutely amazing tour with so much information before actually seeing the sumo wrestling. It’s an exciting sport to watch. Having the English commentary was great too. Order the lunch, it was delicious.

We had a lovely time with our guide Mo. she was very attentive to our interests and gave us great insight on Japanese culture! I would recommend this tour !

Our guide Bruce was great! He was very knowledgable and patient with all our questions. Highly recommended for all your sumo needs!

We had a great tour and it was well laid out for our time and interests.