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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5.03 weeks ago
After watching the last few tournaments and becoming a new sumo fan I was never going to come to Japan and not watch a day of matches. I was wondering if was going to be as good live as it is watching online and it did not disappoint, it was way better. The atmosphere was incredible, from people yelling out their favourite wrestlers name to the huge rounds of applause when the big boys of the top division make their entrance, it was an amazing experience. Even if you’re not a sumo fan it’s definitely a must do experience if there’s a tournament on while you’re visiting. Tickets can be bought on the day but you’ve gotta get in early as there’s only a limited amount (around 400) Ticket booth opens at 7:45am but I got there at 6am and was ticket number 66 and there was a line about 300 deep by 7am.
5.0a month ago
Amazing experience to see the culture and history of sumo wrestling! The atmosphere was like no other, the cheers, the entrance into the arena and into the ring, and watching it all for the first time. It is a must see when visiting Japan. By far the best experience I had and would definitely go again. We got seats in the second level which has regular arena seating. The first level is on the floor seating and I couldn't do that for the many hours we were there. Arena sells good food and beer.
4.03 weeks ago
If you were not able to buy your ticket online, you can buy your ticket for 2200 yen here. But the catch is, you need to be here ideally before 6am for a sure seat. They only distribute 400 tickets everyday during the tournament days. We went here before the last day of May 2018 Tournament and arrived by 6.10am but we were able to manage to get the que ticket (my ticket was 333 out of the 400).
But it was fun. Good choice to witness sumo.
5.04 weeks ago
Wonderful experience of Japanese tradition of sumo wrestling.. matches were more cultural and ceremonial.. still exciting to watch.. locals love it.. but noticed a lot of foreigners who got in on tour didn't appreciate it as much. They were more focused on beer. Glad to be able to given the chance to watch the matches like along with local colleagues to whom it was their first time as well.. recommended to visit the sumo musium next door to the areana as well.. worth the experience
5.02 weeks ago
Excellent place to watch sumo if you're lucky enough to be in Tokyo during a tournament. Even if tickets sell out quickly on the official site, often there are resellers that can find and sell you tickets in advance (we received them for the May 2018 tournament with about 20% mark up on the original price of the seats, but including international delivery). The most popular wrestlers enter after a ceremony at about 3:45pm I think. Get there earlier to buy some food as it runs out quickly - at lunchtime, they even serve chanko nabe (what sumo wrestlers live on) apparently. The day usually finishes at about 6pm and after the last bout there is a scramble to the subway station.
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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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