Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Stadium)4.4
Ryogoku Kokugikan is a venue for tournaments of sumo wrestling, Japan's national sport. The stadium has over 10,000 seats and host three of six annual tournaments - in January, May and September. Doors open at 8am with minor league matches taking place in the morning, and senior wrestles hit the ring from 2pm to 6pm.
During the off-seasons, the stadium is used for professional wrestling matches, robot wrestling competitions, music concerts and more. Around the stadium, there many restaurants serving chanko-nabe, or hot-pot dishes that actual sumo wrestlers eat. On the streets, you may see some young wrestlers strolling around in yukata (light summer kimono).
PurposeFestivals,should go,geek,surreal&cool,sports,thrilling,family,first time in Japan,sightseeing,major
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5.0a month ago
Sumo wrestling is an incredible experience, one I will never forget. The arena wasn't as large as I thought it would be but the energy and history was unforgettable. I didn't know anything about sumo wrestling before but the guided tour that I was on was very informative and before the start of the tournament I saw on the street the sumo wrestler who ended up winning the entire tournament, so that was really incredible. The food is also delicious at the arena so don't be concerned about not bringing food.
5.0a month ago
Unique and engrossing experience coming here to see the sumo wrestling tournament. Cultural, sporting, and culinary (there are good snacks on offer) event all rolled into one! Well worth a read up and a quick watch of some sumo on TV before coming if you're not Japanese; I feel like I got a lot more out of it by knowing something beforehand.
2.02 months ago
I went to the sumo championship whilst in Japan however it was quite disappointing. We paid more for closer seats but still ended up quite far from the ring. Most of the matches lasted about 9 seconds if that! Yet the theatrical introduction before every single bout lasted for ages. Not worth the large sum we paid and wouldn't recommend to anyone!! Will never watch Sumo ever again.
4.04 weeks ago
I was hoping to check out a Sumo event and even the Sumo Museum, but there wasn another event going on...
NJPW and Bullet Club was going on there. Well, I still checked out the Sumo Hall and some of the history.
the station next to the Sumo Hall has some history too.
Nonetheless, it was fun to check this place out. Tons of small things to take pictures of and see. You will see Sumo wrestlers randomly riding bikes and other reminders.
5.0a month ago
It’s located near the Ruogoku train station. It takes about 2-5minutes on foot. You can access the Sumo museum from inside. You’ll get a chance to view the history of Sumo and buy souvenirs. There are many restaurants on property. There are bathrooms everywhere you turn (literally lol). The staff was friendly and the tickets were affordable. There are four sections: the north, south, west and east. I sat on the south side in the general admission section. The venue is very clean. You can buy memorabilia outside the venue as well.
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This I saw on the television to see Sumo, really tall makes me excited. Sumo arena feels different to see it live. In the Sumo Museum can also learn about Sumo in the sport's history and competitive rules and what training they need...
This I saw on the television to see Sumo, really tall makes me excited. Sumo arena feels different to see it live. In the Sumo Museum can also learn about Sumo in the sport's history and competitive rules and what training they need. Understanding only after know original sumo wrestler is also very hard.
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