Sumo Tours by Japan Wonder Travel

Discover the fascinating world of sumo wrestling with our exclusive and exciting tours! Grand sumo tournaments occur in the odd-numbered months of the year. If you plan to travel to Japan during those months, you'll have the incredible opportunity to attend, and even join a guided tour with English support for the best experience. For a more personal, behind-the-scenes type of deal, check out the morning practice tours to see the wrestlers train at their stables (where they live and train) and possibly even eat and talk with them!

Since we have partnered up with various sumo stables, we can guarantee the best price for the sumo tours in Japan!

Here are our tours:

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Sumo Morning Practice Tour and Lunch with Wrestlers

Visit the Yokozuna's (Grand Champion) stable with us!
With a chance at seeing the reigning champion train, this tour is one nobody would want to miss- despite any level of sumo enthusiasm.
Watch other professionals train side by side rookies staking their claims, and afterwards enjoy a homemade sumo feast featuring their famed Chanko Nabe.

Time

Price

What's Included

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

¥18,000 (per person)

English Guide, Sumo
Stable Entrance, and
Lunch: Chanko Nabe
(Sumo Wrestler's Hot Pot)

Sumo Stable Tours

Sumo Morning Practice Tours

Attending a morning practice session is no small opportunity; we're lucky enough to have partnerships with various stables that allow this as many do not. Outside of their touring dates (odd-numbered months of the year), these exclusive viewings are permitted and offer an incredible glimpse into the intense world of sumo.

Location

Time

Price

Skytree Area

7:30 am - 9:30 am

¥14,500 (per person)

Nihonbashi Area

8:15 am - 10:00 am

¥16,500 (per person)

Ryogoku Area

7:30 am - 9:30 am

¥14,500 (per person)

*Please note that the practice may end earlier than usual, meaning the tour will be shorter than mentioned depending on the day

📝What is a Sumo Stable?

Sumo stables are the places where sumo wrestlers reside and train together with their oyakata, the master of the stable. Though the number of stables may vary from year to year, currently, there are 44 of them in Japan and they are all located in the Kanto area. The wrestlers adhere to strict rules, share meals, and divide housework. They have a strict hierarchy by division, which means the lower-ranked rikishi are responsible for most of the chores and assist the higher-ranked rikishi with tasks such as running errands and even scrubbing their backs.
The lower-ranked rikishi wake up early to prepare for practice and can only eat after the higher-ranked rikishi have finished their meals.

Sumo Grand Tournament Tour (Odd-Numbered Months)

Grand Sumo Tournaments take place six times a year, and Tokyo hosts the tournament in January, May, and September at the sumo stadium "Ryogoku Kokugikan." The March tournament is in Osaka, the July tournament is in Nagoya, and the November tournament is in Fukuoka.

📍🆕 Osaka (March) Sold out

Seat Types

Price

What's Included

B-Class

¥16,500 (per person)

Ticket, English Guide

Sumo Tournament Tours for May (Tokyo), July (Nagoya), September (Tokyo), November (Fukuoka), and January (Tokyo) will be available about two months before the tournament starts.

For further clarity, the full tournament schedule is as follows:

Month

Place

January

Tokyo

March

Osaka

May

Tokyo

July

Nagoya

September

Tokyo

November

Fukuoka

📝 About the Grand Sumo Tournaments

The bouts go on from morning to evening, starting with lower-ranked wrestlers at around 8:30 am. If you arrive at the stadium by 3:30 pm, you can catch the ring-entering ceremony of the stronger wrestlers. The bouts usually conclude by 6 pm. Professional wrestlers are categorized into six divisions, with Makuuchi being the highest and Jonokuchi being the lowest. After each tournament, the wrestlers’ rankings are determined based on their performance, and the number of matches varies between the divisions. Makuuchi has 18 matches, Makushita has 30 matches, Juryo has 13 matches, and Sandanme has 48 matches.

Ryogoku Kokugikan is located in the Ryogoku area, which is near other popular attractions in Tokyo. Some include Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree, and Akihabara. This eastern part of Tokyo in general is known for its well-preserved traditions from the Edo period.

🏫 Sumo School Tour

Did you know that there is a sumo school on the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium grounds in Tokyo? The sumo school is a facility that teaches and educates novice Rikishi, or sumo wrestlers, helping them learn the basics of sumo and develop the physical and mental strength needed for training in a sumo stable.

Time

Price

What's Included

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

¥12,000 (per person)

Guide, Interpreter fee
(Japanese to English)

The sumo school, which is normally only accessible by the new wrestlers and those teaching them, is exclusively open to the public for these tours. You will have the chance to learn all about the history of sumo, the daily life of the wrestlers at the school, and much more from an established and honorable Oyakata (sumo stable master) and other wrestlers right in the rooms where the wrestlers study daily. You will also even get to witness a demonstration from currently active sumo wrestlers, as well as try your hand at it yourself!