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View some live action at the Sumo Stable in Tokyo, where you can get a close-up view of Sumo training! Get an exclusive photo opportunity with Japan's sumo wrestlers after their 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 exact meeting location will be confirmed shortly before your visit (within Tokyo, Kawasaki, Saitama, Chiba, or Ibaraki). Meeting time between 7-9am will also be confirmed shortly before the visit.
The meeting place is at the nearest train station to your destination stable, with exact location depending on the booking date and tournament location.
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 7:00-9:00 am.
- 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, and anyone asked to leave the stable will not be able to re-enter
- 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.
- For next day tours, please book no later than 12:00 pm (Japan time) on the previous day.
Great guide, great experience
We lucked out and went to the Sumo training on a day when they were practicing a great variety of wrestling skills. It was incredible to see the different techniques employed. I was told the wrestlers were very flexible, but it is another thing to see it in reality. Our guide was very informative and had explained the different exercises the athletes do. He was very enthusiastic and provided a lot of background and context. At the end we were able to have our pictures taken with some of the athletes. It was a great experience.
We are so happy to have been able to experience the SUMO training. Notaby at a moment when no one except Voyagin could propose such an experience. Thanks a lot !
Up close and personal
This was a great way to see first hand the rigour and discipline that goes into Sumo wrestling. A great morning with the sumo wrestlers in their training stable with their masters and coaches. Better than a wrestling match in a big stadium. We were up front, up close and could see the true grit of this sport. Great to get insights from our guide as to the workings of the sumo stable, the hierarchy and the daily routine of the sumo wrestler.
What an absolutely amazing experience! My Partner and I were disappointed that we weren't able to obtain tickets to see a sumo match but were blown away by the Sum Training experience! An early start to get face to face with these giants was well worth it, they all undertook several bouts and showed off their flexibility and strength. The guide was very knowledgable and friendly and I can not recommend this experience enough to someone wanting to see Sumos!
This was a top highlight of our Japan trip. We originally were trying to get into the sumo tournament, but all tickets were sold out. We found this instead and this was so much better! We had front row seats to almost two hours of sumo wrestling! Our guide was amazing. So friendly and helpful every step of the way. We learned a lot and got a lot of pictures and videos. Apparently they don't always allow picture and video, but we got lucky. I highly recommend this activity. You won't regret the cost or waking up early to go there!
One of the best ways to experience Japan!
What better way to experience Japan than to immerse directly into the culture itself. Instead of the conventional shopping around Tokyo, we'd arranged for this and the host Yeonmi had made this experience so enjoyable.
Coordination was a breeze. We had "front row seats" and could literally feel the sumo's wrestlers' sweat. Yes, we were that close. And from there we saw the wrestlers' dedication and perseverance and experienced a different side of Japan.
And to top it all off, a photo with the sumo wrestlers for memory. Just wonderful :)