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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.
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 :)
Our tour guide, Kiyo, met us and gave us some background on what the training would be like and how to respectfully watch the sumo wrestlers. It was quite an experience to watch them train and do head to head drills. After a few hours of their training, we were able to take a group picture with some of our favorite wrestlers. Very cool! Highly recommend! Thanks to Kiyo for walking us into the stable and answering the questions we had!
Very interesting and worth going outside of tournament season, but could be better!
The actual sumo training is very interesting and definitely worth going, but the whole experience could be better. Firstly, there was no explanation about the traditions in sumo and what we were going to see other than a very simple piece of paper with images of some exercises. Friends that went to other tours said they heard about the whole tradition of sumo wrestlers' hair dressers and even had the chance to try the food that the wrestlers eat, we didn't have that.
Also, although the training itself is great and there is the chance to take a picture with the wrestlers at the end, be ready to be seated on the floor for 2 hours (limited vision if you have others in front of you) and with the guide policing if your legs are crossed appropriately. I would strongly suggest offering chairs for visitors. I understand that sumo rings are not a tourist facility, but for the price charged a lot more comfort and background information could be provided.
Also bear in mind that the taxi to get to the venue will be covered, but be ready to know where to go and pay for the transportation to leave the place as this is not provided.
I recommend going to see a sumo training if you go to Japan outside the tournaments' seasons, but make sure you read everything about it before online and don't expect the tour to provide much information.
Amazing, unique experience in Tokyo!!
It's a real unique and exclusive experience to watch professional sumo wrestlers real close in action. Feel so grateful after watching by knowing how hard they trained and their disciplines.
Having an opportunity to take a picture with sumo wrestlers was so special, too :-)
This is a must-do in Tokyo. I highly recommend!
Good Time, But Expensive
The overall experience was good! The practice was really cool and exciting to watch. We met our guide at the train station then had to take a 15 min cab ride (which voyagin paid for) however on our way back we were forced to pay our own way or walk . We booked this event for just 2 of us and we paid almost $360 canadian. However we weren't the only people in our group there were another 5 that joined. I understand that the pricing drops the more people in your group, and that makes sense to pay for the guide, but when there are other added, I feel our rate should drop as well. Overall it was a fun time, just not really worth $180/person, especially when we had to pay another 20$ to get home.
This is a must do in Japan!! The tour guide Yeonmi was very helpful and informational. The training session itself can be a bit boring as it lasts for 2 hours - you can get great pictures and videos. The sumos are happy to pose with you at the end. All in all an awesome cultural experience!! Five stars!!
Thank you, Yeonmi, for being our guide this morning, and thank you for the additional background information provided at the end of the practice.
Really impressive. A must do.