You Can Now Book a Sumo Watching Tour in English in Tokyo

Getting tickets for the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan is always a bit tricky, but now there’s an easier option for English-speaking sumo fans.

Japanese travel company JTB is bringing back its popular sumo tours from January 2023, with tours available daily during the two-week tournament from January 8 to January 22. You will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking interpreter, who will provide detailed explanations of sumo-specific rules and terminology.

Photo: Nihon Sumo Kyokai

You can watch the giant wrestlers in action from a reserved seat on the second floor and receive a free English sumo booklet as well as a banzuke hyoa ranking of professional sumo wrestlers.

Photo: Nihon Sumo Kyokai

Additionally, tour participants can take a group photo with one of the famous sumo stablemasters, who are retired sumo wrestlers. Note that the cost for the souvenir photo is not included in the price of the trip.

Photo: Nihon Sumo Kyokai

There are three different tour routes to choose from. Besides the general sumo tour (¥12,000-13,000 per person), you can also add a chanko-nabe dinner – the traditional meal of a sumo wrestler – to your experience (January 10, 11, 16, 17; ¥17,500 per person). Or join a half-day sightseeing bus tour of Tokyo before watching sumo in the afternoon (January 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21; ¥20,000-21,000 per nobody).

Photo: Nihon Sumo Kyokai

The Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan is one of the biggest sumo wrestling events across Japan, so be sure to book early as tickets tend to sell out quickly. Admission also includes access to the museum and gift shop attached to the property.

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