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View some live action at the Sumo Stable, where you can get a close-up view of Sumo training!
- See sumo stars close up, much closer than at tournaments
- Learn about the historical roots of Sumo
- Gain a deeper understanding of Sumo rituals
- Guidance to and from the stable
- Exclusive photo opportunity with the sumo wrestlers after the training
The time listed on your booking confirmation email is your preferred time. Please check the follow-up emails from your guide for the exact meeting time. The meeting point is at the nearest train station. The exact location depends on the booking date and tournament location. Hotel pickup is not provided.
Sumo stables are NOT a place for sightseeing. It is opened especially for sumo fans. As visitors, you have to show your respect for the stable master and wrestlers doing hard training. Please watch quietly and do not move around inside the stable.
Note that sometimes it's not possible to confirm exactly which stable is best for viewing until the previous day, so please check the emails from your guide right up until the tour commences.
Other Important Notes:
- The tour starting time can range between 7:30-9:30am.
- The sumo stable may be located in Tokyo, Kawasaki, Saitama, Chiba, or Ibaraki. The location is dependent on the sumo wrestlers' schedule.
- The meeting point will be at the station nearest to the scheduled stable. The meeting time and meeting point depend on the sumo wrestlers' training schedule, which can only be confirmed when the date is close, since the wrestlers may change their training schedule according to their needs.
- Children under the age of 12 and elderly people over the age of 60 will not be admitted inside the sumo stable. The sumo stable has the right to refuse access to guests who are unable to observe the house manners.
- During busy periods this may be a large group tour (1~4 groups).
- For large bookings, your group may be separated into 2 different stables.
- It is very rare but in the case that the sumo wrestlers are unwell and other unforeseen circumstances, the practice and tour may be shortened.
- There are no restrooms available at the sumo stable.
- For the photo opportunity with the sumo wrestlers, you must stay for the entire duration of the practice. Photographs with the wrestlers will only be allowed after the entire practice finishes.
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Very good experience. I wish they had disclosed beforehand that there are fewer sumo wrestlers around in the summer. The video showed about 14 wrestlers, our session had three and only lasted about an hour. Still a good experience.
Must do in Tokyo!
This is a must see in Tokyo. The guide was extremely helpful providing notes every step of the way as we weren't allowed to talk.
One small negative comment: outsiders were watching the practice through the open windows without being told off. Makes you wonder why pay a hefty price 'just to be inside'.
This was a great trip! Our host met us at the train station and the practice site was only a minute walk or so. Our host was told us the history of sumo wrestlers and the etiquette required prior to heading inside. Within the practicing area, there were other tourists about too. I was able to sit in the front row and watch the morning practice happen before me!
During the practice, our host passed written notes around to explain what was happening - that definitely helped with understanding what was going on! It was an amazing experience - though if you're not used to sitting down on the ground for ~2 hours, it may not be for you. I struggled a little towards the end, but it was worth the photo with the sumo wrestlers!
Another thing I would emphasize is that some places do not allow for smart phones, so be sure to bring a camera just in case. :-)
Takashi was a great guide and watching the sumo wrestlers so close by was am incredible experience. Money well spent! Thank you!
We had a great time is was very interesting to see and hear what the sumo wrestlers do at training
Check sumos off your Japan list
We met our guide and the rest of our group at the Asakusa station of the Tokyo Metro. From there, we took a cab to the "sumo stables". We sat in respectful silent to not distract the sumos while they stretched, warmed up, and then did some attack/defend exercises. We didn't see any practice sparring unfortunately. The photo is at the end with own camera in front of the entire group of wrestles. After that, everyone leaves the stables and theres Q&A with the guide. You are then left to walk back ~20 min to Asakusa or try to find a cab on your own in this quiet part of Tokyo (this would be my only complaint - we were brought there by taxis, so why not have a taxi or two waiting to take us back?)
Overall, I'm not able to say I saw an actual sumo match. But if its sumos you must see, and theres no tournament going or tournament tickets are sold out, this is a great opportunity that gives you the rest of the day to do whatever.
special morning with young sumos
Great start to the day, really special experience to see the sumos working through their preparation drills. Walked away with a strong respect for the sport. Tips ~ be ready to meet at 7am, if you have elderly people in your family note they'll need to sit on a cushion for the duration.