Watch Sumo Wrestlers during their Morning Practice
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Let's visit Sumo Stable and enjoy a very close-up view of Sumo wrestlers as they train! Sumo Stable is where Sumo wrestlers reside and devote themselves to hard training everyday. Sumo is not just a sport; it originated as a secret ritual in ancient times, so you will discover the unique and amazing routines that feature in their everyday practices. While their morning training is filled with energy and can be tense, look out for when they show their natural smiles as sweet young men! By witnessing their devotion to their sport, you will develop a deep understanding of Sumo and its spirit, which is central to Japanese culture and beliefs.
This experience includes:
1. Hotel pick up
2. Transport to Sumo Stable
3. Bid goodbye to Sumo wrestlers and leave Sumo Stable
Available in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Please let me know which city you'll be visiting and I will check if the sumo wrestlers will be in the same city during your trip.
- Sumo Stable is NOT a place for sight-seeing. It is opened specially 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.
Tour fee includes public transportation such as JR railway, subway and/or bus. For taxi or hired car, supplementary fees will be charged.
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we visited a sumo stable in Osaka couple days a go and it was an amazing experience. To me it was like to be brought in time to a totally different world. We watched them practice and our guide would continually explain to us what they were actually doing. Normally you would watch them in their home stable in Tokyo as they spent most of the time of the year there. However the date was close to a tournament in Osaka (there is six tournaments every year) and we were i Kyoto for a few days which is just 30 min by train to Osaka. The Voyagin team was able to get us a guide basically overnight for a tour starting in 24 hours afterwards so big thanks to all the people involved. Moreover Voyagin team is very flexible and helpful with 24-hour online chat service so I hardly believe there is a better option to choose.I think I can speak on behalf of all my family members if I say that it was a highly interesting experience and an absolute must for every traveller to Japan!
I had an excellent time my guide has excellent English and was friendly and very knowledgable.
Today we went to see the morning training session at a Tokyo Sumo Stable . We were met at our hostel in Asakusa at 7:45 by Satoe (Sally) and walked 20 minutes to the stable . On the way over we were given information on how to act during the training session as it was a privilege to be allowed to watch . Sally also brought us an informative printout explaining the ranks and rules of the National Sport . We sat at the side of the dirt training floor where it was safe ! These boys are big and strong and fight extremely hard ! Having a background in martial arts , I found it very interesting and could have watched all day ! After the training was over we walked over to the Sumo Stadium and went through the small but interesting Sumo Museum there which has information on all the Champions through History . Great guide ! Great morning ! Without our guide from Voyagin we never would have been able to experience this . So much is missed when you wander around a new city without help . A great guide opens so many doors ! Thank you for another great tour ! Scott Moorehead , Vancouver , Canada
Our guide picked us up promptly on time and we then set off to view the sumo wrestlers. She was professional and informative along the way. You have to be very quiet at the practise and we respected those rules. Afterwards, our guide helped us figure out our plans for the rest of the day by accompanying us to our next stop so we new exactly where to go. Overall, I'm very impressed by Voyagin... This was my first time using this site (found by accident when I was researching Japan), and my husband and I travel a lot... we will definitely use this site again. All of the guides were very nice, friendly, and good to talk to, and the personal activities were fun and great learning experiences.
Watching the Sumo wrestlers during their morning practice was a highlight of the trip. The training session was approximately 90 mins long and we were able to feel the sheer power and expertise of these giant men. Our guide was great, collecting us from our apartment and taking us to the stable. She also explained some of the finer points of sumo and could give us some background to the wrestlers we were watching train. At the end they allowed us to take some photos. I can't recommend this enough!
We had such a great time watching the sumo wrestlers. It was a highlight of our trip! Our guide met us near where we were staying, took us to the stable (about 30 min from Shibuya) and then gave us recommendations on things to do after. This is highly recommended!
Great way to get up close and see the sumo in action.
Wonderful time. Guide showed me the area, explained what I was seeing, and made it a great experience!
Really fantastic! Must to be there!
This was excellent! Tomomi was incredibly nice and met us at our hostel and helped us get to Ryogoku. Seeing the training was a great experience and Tomomi helped us to understand what was going on. After the training Tomomi walked us to the museum and answered many questions about sumo and Japan in general. Overall the best tour I had in Tokyo. Highly recommended!
One of the highlights of visiting Japan, no doubt! Atsuko, our host, was brilliant. First of all, she met us in the lobby of our Airbnb residence so there was no stress about finding the place or getting anywhere on time. Her explanations of the culture and practice around Sumo were very interesting and informative. As for the experience of sitting and watching the sumo wrestling itself, this is exceptional. They train very hard and sometimes for hours, so be prepared to sit and watch for a long while, but you won't be disappointed. Afterwards, Atsuko showed us a great placed to eat the traditional food of a sumo wrestler. The venue had a sumo ring inside which was cool. Atsuko was a fantastic guide, and all in all the experience was very memorable. Thank you Atsuko and Voyagin!
We're three mid-twenty kids from New York who were looking for something slightly out of the ordinary for our first time in Tokyo & Japan. This tour definitely delivered - and the credit really goes to our tour guide, Ms. Chiyo Yano.
She went above and beyond our expectations in every respect. She was kind enough to come pick us up at our not very close AirBnB apartment in Shimo Kitazawa early the morning of, which meant that she stopped by the night before, just to scope out the location and transportation for us. She put up with our endless questions about Japanese culture on the way over, and when we were running behind, she called her colleague to hold our seats at the sumo stable.
While sitting in silence through the 90 minute session, she had printed out a guide of all the techniques we were watching (along with the totally legitimizing hand fans). Our schedule didn't line up with a match, but the training session was an awesome alternative because it was jam-packed with action instead of sporadic bouts.
After the practice, she setup a picture with some of the wrestlers, and calmly answered all our questions about everything sumo. Then she took us to some sumo souvenir shops and a sumo clothing store. We were breakfast starved at that point, so she pointed us in the right direction before we parted ways. It was a great 3 hrs from hello to goodbye.
If all the guides are as great as she was, this is a fantastic Voyagin.
Watching the Sumo wrestlers train at a Sumo stable was the highlight of our trip to Tokyo! It was so impressive to see these athletes in action and realize how much strength it takes to do what they do!
We decided to book this experience based on good reviews. Our guide picked us up at our hotel and took us to the Sumo stable. She called ahead to make sure that we would not be disturbing the wrestlers. She also made it possible for me to have some accommodation for my physical limitations. To be fair, we were not easy clients, but she kept her cool and remained professional at all times. She even assisted us with our plans for the rest of the day. Going to the Sumo stall was very interesting as the wrestlers were preparing for the upcoming tournament. I would recommend the Sumo training viewing to any visitor to Tokyo.
This tour was a real eye opener, we had no idea what to expect and found the whole experience very interesting and unusual especially after learning about the customs and etiquette. Our hosts met us at the hotel as arranged and gave us very detailed instructions on how to behave whilst watching the training, important facts so as not to offend. We where lucky to go to a training session that involved two stables making the event quite competetive and exciting and all the more so because the Sumo Tournament was due to start only a few days away. Our hosts also arranged for us to have a photo taken with some of the wrestlers and we even had the opportunity to observe a white belt. After the training was finished our hosts kindly gave us some tips on other sights easily accessed from where we where, the park recommended was especially beautiful and had our hosts not told us about it we would never have discovered it and missed a truly great park. We recommend not missing this tour.
Everything like clockwork. Great session. Small stable. Private tour. Booked late & larger tour organisers all booked out but Voyagin had availability. Highly recommend
Fantastic experience. It was amazing being so close to the sumos. Their strength and power is astounding. Our guides were delightful as well. Very good company. Highly recommend this to anyone.