Sumo Culture Tour in Ryogoku With Practice Viewing & Lunch

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5.5 hours
Max People : 5

Learn about the Japanese art of wrestling, formally known as sumo, and experience the lively culture created around it in Tokyo. Tour includes a stop at a sumo training stable and chanko nabe lunch.

Itinerary

Overview

Do you know about sumo wrestling in Japan?  This wrestling competition has been practiced for more than 1,500 years now and is deeply related to Japanese Shinto religion. It is a world-renown contest of strength with a culture that is deeply rooted in Japanese history.
 
In this tour, we are going to attend a sumo morning practice in a sumo stable where wrestlers live and train. Then we will visit the Ryogoku area, known as Sumo District, to learn about sumo culture and its development. We will later enter the Sumo Museum in the Ryogoku Kokugikan (the venue where sumo wrestlers practice) before ending the tour with lunch. Fill up on Chanko Nabe, the preferred hot pot dish of sumo wrestlers. 
 
Please note that there are no practice viewings during Japan’s sumo tournament season. During the Tokyo Tournament specifically, availability may change depending on the sumo stable’s schedule. The Sumo Museum is closed to the public during the Tokyo Tournament and we will visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum instead. If you want to do the tour without morning practice viewing in March, July or November, contact us directly.
 
Lunch with a former sumo wrestler may be arranged at an additional cost. Please inquire.
 

Tour duration is 5.5 hours

Highlights

  • Sumo morning practice view
  • Learn the history, rules and training rituals of a sumo match
  • Try chanko nabe, rice, and more in the included lunch

1Meeting point will be shared one week before the tour

Meeting is usually around 7AM around Ryogoku

2Sumo morning practice viewing at sumo stable

3Walk around Ryogoku area and Enkoin Temple

4Ryogoku Kokugikan (the venue of sumo practice) and Sumo Museum

This tour will not be held during Sumo Tournament in other cities and during Tokyo Tournament, the availability might change.

5Go to restaurant and have Chanko Nabe (hot pot) for lunch

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What's Included

• Sumo morning practice viewing
• Entrance ticket to Sumo Museum (or Edo Tokyo Museum)
• Lunch: sumo food chanko nabe (hot pot)

What's Not Included

• Hotel pick-up and drop-off
• Additional food or beverage other than the included lunch

Additional Info

• During the morning practice, carefully respect the rules explained by your guide
• No chatting, no food and drinks
• Cell phone/smart phone should be on silent mode
• No flash or shutter sounds when taking photos
• No video allowed
• During Great Sumo Tournament, Ryogoku Kokugikan and Sumo Museum are not open. We’ll visit the Edo Tokyo Museum instead

Cancellation Policy

• You are entitled to a full refund if you cancel 15 days or more before the start of the tour. If you cancel 14 days before the start of the tour, we will refund the amount paid less any non-recoverable upfront costs incurred by HATAGO on your behalf – rentals, admissions, reservations, etc.
• If a cancellation is made less than 24 hours prior to departure, no refund is given.

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