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).
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Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 16.5km) Google Transit
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5.02 months ago
If you are ever in Japan go see a sumo bout; pretty awesome experience. We took the train to the Ryoguku Kokugikan station and walked a cool 3 minutes to the stadium. The lower ranks face off in the morning and the higher ranks are later in the afternoon. They have some food available in the stadium but you can exit once if you would rather a restaurant type meal (a lot of options available outside). If you book a food option prior you can get a meal that the wrestler eat on a daily basis. There are three levels available for seats and they all have different pricing ranges. There is a bow ceremony that kept my eyes attentive as this was all new to me.
Would definitely recommend going to experience this!
5.02 months ago
Had a great experience watching the sumo competition! Very good vibe, hearing various people shout the names of the wrestlers they support from all sides of the hall. The list received at the entrance to keep track of who's wrestling vs who helped a lot.
The matches themselves were very nice to watch. We've been spending way more time there than initially expected :)
Also ありがとうございます to the wrestlers for taking time to go on the picture with us.
4.0a month ago
Worth seeing some in person. If you don't get tickets in advance, plan on being there at least 1 hour before they sell out the nose bleed seats. They are still good seats
5.04 months ago
Managed to get tickets to this January's bout and I was so excited! I've always wanted to watch a sumo tournament so this was a check off my bucket list. I recommend this to anyone who wants to experience an uniquely Japanese sporting event. I went early to queue for general admission tickets, do aim to arrive early as they only sell limited general admission tickets each match day. Download the Grand Sumo official app, it's very useful 👍🏻
5.0a month ago
Quick tip for the *gaijin* that find their way into the "box seats" section: limber up. :) Not the most comfortable place to sit for 4 hours, but I got to see New Japan Pro Wrestling first-hand, and I couldn't be happier. Also, the beer is delicious, cold, and cheap (at least compared to sports venues in the U.S.).
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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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