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
Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 16.5km) Google Transit
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5.0in the last week
What an amazing experience. Was here in May for the Sumo Tournament and was blown away by the amount of people and the size of the stadium. Tickets are difficult to get if you are a foreigner as tickets are release to the local Japanese people first before it becomes available for tourists. Had to get a company from Japan to purchase the tickets for my partner and I and managed to get the tickets mailed back to our Country in Australia. Definitely a must do if you are in Japan during their sumo tournaments.
5.0in the last week
Went to the 9th day of the May Tournament yesterday. Great experience, would definitely go again! You can rent a radio for English commentary on the main matches (4pm-6pm) but matches run from 8:30am-6pm. Lots of food stalls, souvenirs, and a sumo museum. You can get a traditional boxed lunch, soft serve ice cream, sushi, or fried food. To go, either buy tickets online or you can get (nosebleed) tickets on the day-of by lining up outside before the box office opens. We lined up at 6:50 on a weekday and were 306 & 307 out of a possible 400 tickets. Granted that was on a weekday. It is probably much busier on weekends.
4.0a week ago
It was my first time to enter here last Saturday, May 11. They allowed people inside for free to witness the Grand Sumo Tournament opening ceremony (Dohyo Matsuri). It was a very solemn ceremony and everyone was required to be quiet while it was going on. We were brief on the proper etiquette before we entered the place. My friend said that during actual tournaments, tickets sell out really fast so you would need to line up as early as 5:00am, hours before selling time, just to get seats. I would want to try attending a tournament even just once.
5.03 months 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.
4.0a month ago
It's a good venue but the seating is strange to me as an American. The sitting spaces were small, definitely not intended for a group of guys at 6 foot and taller
Spot Reviews (2)
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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