Sumo Tours by Japan Wonder Travel

📝What's New

May 17, 2024: Nagoya Sumo Tournament Tour, July 2024 goes on sale now!
May 16, 2024: Sumo Morning Practice Tours are now on sale for June!
May 7, 2024: Sumo Morning Practice Tours are now on sale for May!
May 2, 2024: S-Class Seats for the last match are now on sale!
April 24, 2024: S-Class Seats and premium Box Seats are now available!
March 4, 2024: Sumo Morning Practice Tours at Sumo Stable are available for April!
March 1, 2024: Tokyo Sumo Tournament Tour, May 2024 goes on sale now!

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:

🌟 Trending This Month:

All the tours for the Tokyo Sumo Grand Tournament in May are sold out, but you can still see the sumo wrestling tradition with our sumo stable tours in Tokyo in May!

Tokyo Sumo Stable 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. These exclusive viewings are permitted and offer an incredible glimpse into the intense world of sumo.

Tokyo Sumo Morning Practice Tours

Morning Practice Tours are available at "Sumo Stable A" even during the Grand Tournament in May!
Even if you couldn't access the Sumo Grand Tournament this month, you can still get the authentic sumo experience by joining our sumo stable tours!
Watch the real sumo wrestler's intense practice up close and learn the history and culture of sumo wrestling from a professional bilingual guide.

▼Availability for May and June

Stable

Location

Time

Price

A

Skytree Area

7:30 am - 9:30 am

¥14,500 (per person)

Book here

B

Nihonbashi Area

8:15 am - 10:00 am

¥16,500 (per person)

Book here

C

Ryogoku Area

7:30 am - 9:30 am

¥14,500 (per person)

Book here

*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.

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.

🆕Nagoya Sumo Tournament Tour, July 2024

Nagoya Sumo Tournament Tour takes place on July 14-28, 2024. Tours are available for any date, only through Japan Wonder Travel! This includes opening and closing days.

Don't miss out on the early-bird discount- you will get 10% off if you book the tour before May 25!🕊

▼Availability for July

💺Seat Types

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Stand Seats: All are on the back of the arena, and they are individual fold-down chair seats. These seats are divided into 3 different sections; S, A, and B-class seats. The S-class seats are at the very front of the stand seats and the B seats are at the very top. Although you may think that these might be the worst seats as they are the most high up, the arena itself isn’t all that big and you will have a pretty good view of the dohyo (sumo ring) no matter where you are watching from.

Box Seats: All give you a great view of the dohyo and bouts! They are cushion seats and there is no backrest. These seats come in a set of 1-4 seats, and you have to buy them as a package. It can be a little tough to get depending on the tournament and day. These seats are divided into 4 main sections; S, A, B, and C-class seats. The S seats are closest to the dohyo right behind the ringside seats, and the C seats are at the back of the first floor. Be aware that you need to take your shoes off when sitting here.

🚃Access to Dolphins Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)

It’s located in the central part of the city and is close to Nagoya Castle, the arena is easily accessible.

From Nagoya Station:

  1. Nagoya Station - (Higashiyama Line) Sakae Station - (Meijo Line) Nagoyajo Station > Walk 5 minutes from Exit 7 (Total Trip: about 20 minutes)
  2. Nagoya Station - (Sakuradori Line) Hisaya Odori Station - (Meijo Line) Nagoyajo Station > Walk 5 minutes from Exit 7 (Total Trip: about 20 minutes)

If you travel from Tokyo, it will be about a 2-hour trip in one way. It’s possible to make a day trip from Tokyo to Nagoya to watch the tournament!

From Tokyo Station:

  1. Tokyo Station - (Shinkansen) Nagoya Station - (Higashiyama Line) Sakae Station - (Meijo Line) Nagoyajo Station > Walk 5 minutes from Exit 7 (Total Trip: about 2 hours)
  2. Tokyo Station - (Shinkansen) Nagoya Station - (Sakuradori Line) Hisaya Odori Station - (Meijo Line) Nagoyajo Station > Walk 5 minutes from Exit 7 (Total Trip: about 2 hours)

From Kyoto Station:

  1. Kyoto Station - (Shinkansen) Nagoya Station - (Higashiyama Line) Sakae Station - (Meijo Line) Nagoyajo Station > Walk 5 minutes from Exit 7 (Total Trip: about 1 hour)
  2. Kyoto Station - (Shinkansen) Nagoya Station - (Sakuradori Line) Hisaya Odori Station - (Meijo Line) Nagoyajo Station > Walk 5 minutes from Exit 7 (Total Trip: about 1 hour)

🧳1-Day Itinerary Example (from Tokyo-Nagoya-Kyoto)

10 am: Leaving the hotel
11 am -12:30 pm: Travel to Nagoya by Shinkansen (bullet train)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
2 pm - 6 pm: Sumo Grand Tournament Tour
7 pm - 8 pm: Travel to Kyoto by Shinkansen, hotel check-in

📍🆕 Nagoya (July 2024)

Date

Seat Types

Price

Included

July 14-28, 2024

S-Class Stand Seats

¥18,500 (per person)
¥17,000 (per person)
*Early bird discount applies until May 25!

Ticket, English Guide

Book here

July 14-28, 2024

A-Class Stand Seats

¥16,500 (per person)
¥15,000 (per person)
*Early bird discount applies until May 25!

Ticket, English Guide

Book here

📍🆕 Tokyo (May 2024)

All of the tours are sold out!

*You can still get the sumo experience with our sumo stable tour

Coming soon: Other Sumo Tours

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.

*This tour will be available soon!

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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)