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Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament Viewing Tour

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    What to Expect
    Greet your group and guide at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or Ryogoku View Hotel (near the stadium) in the afternoon. Ride the super-fast local train to the Sumo Museum and venture within to discover exhibitions that speak eloquently of the 1,500-year-old cultural tradition; see sumo-related memorabilia and ceremonial aprons with ancient origins. 

    With your knowledge enriched, venture to Ryogoku Kokugikan to witness the exhilarating Grand Sumo Tournament. Hear an expectant hush descend over the audience as the opening ceremony launches into action and the colossal sumo wrestlers take to the stage. Enjoy your B-class reserved seat on the second floor watch a series of sumo wrestlers grapple in the elevated ring made of clay covering in a layer of sand while your guide is explaining the traditions and ranking lists of the sport. You'll also be provided with an English brochure and sumo-ranking list for the day’s events. Usually, junior division sumo matches are held first, proceeding the higher-ranked matches slated for later in the day. Take the opportunity to take a closer look at the ceremonial apron called kesho-mawashi that can only be worn by the top division of the six divisions of professional sumo (referred as makuuchi).

    After the tournament, if you selected the dinner option, head to a restaurant nearby and enjoy chanko hot pot or sukiyaki dinner (depending on your meal selection at the time of booking). Chanko hot pot is a Japanese stew that contains chicken stock as soup base and various vegetables. It's originated in the Ryokoku area and popular among sumo wrestlers. Local people believe that the chanko hot pot served to the sumo wrestlers should be made exclusively with chicken as they should always be on two legs like a chicken instead of four. You can also request for sukiyaki or vegetarian option instead. The tour concludes either at the stadium or the restaurant depending on your tour selection.
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    Departure Point
    1: HAMAMATSUCHO BUS TERMINAL, 2 Chome-4 Hamamatsucho, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0013, Japan
    2: Ryogoku View Hotel, 2-chōme-19-1 Ryōgoku, Sumida City, Tōkyō-to 130-0026, Japan
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    Ryogoku, Sumida City, Tokyo 130-0026, Japan
    • 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)
    • Entry/Admission - Ryogoku Kokugikan
    • Hotel pickup/drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • 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; a vegetarian request upon application. Please note that it is not possible to accept vegetarian requests, change of cuisine on the day.
    • For those participating in a wheelchair please make a request in the free entry field when booking. - As Ryogoku Kokugikan's wheelchair storage area is on the 1st floor, please go to the 2nd floor on your own or with the help of an accompanying group member. When heading to the seats there are stairs and escalators going up and down.
    • Please refrain from bringing food and drinks into the arena. Please purchase food and refreshments from the vendors inside the arena.
    • Please refrain from bringing food and drinks into the arena. Please purchase food and refreshments from the vendors inside the arena.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Please note that 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 (dohyoiri), the ring entering procession of the Yokozuna, the ritual stomping ceremony, or a speech by the Sumo Association (on the first and the last tournament day). In such a case, you will be taken to your seat when the event is over.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days 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 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 16 August 2019

    Great enjoyed this tour. Highly recommend this tour as a way to learn about Sumo and also get access to tickets for the Grand Sumo Tournament. Without the tour we would not have appreciated the tournament as much since I had no knowledge of the...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    2  Thank emgeller
    Reviewed 12 June 2019

    Well worth a visit just for a new experience. It is perhaps the only time I felt slim!! Great pre performance strutting their stuff, throwing salt. The actual wrestling didn't last long but the atmosphere was electric.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank Snooter
    Reviewed 30 May 2019

    My best friend and I went to this on our very last day in Tokyo and it was an unforgettable experience. Our guide was so knowledgeable and sweet, she explained how sumo works in Japan. I would DEFINITELY recommend going to a tournament as it...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Parisa M
    Reviewed 29 May 2019 via mobile

    We booked this through JTB, however it was run by Sunrise tours. We thoroughly enjoyed our our time learning and watching this ancient sport. There was a small group of about 10-15 people in our tour. The guide Yuki spoke very good English and was...More

    5  Thank pollyp720
    Reviewed 28 May 2019

    We booked tour thru Viator website but was operated by Sunrise Tours. Our guide was Yuki and she was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very into the sport and it showed by the enthusiasm she showed when explaining sumo history, techniques, tradition, etc. I was lucky...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank amiyas867
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