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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4.02 months ago
I visited the hall to just see it in person as it wasn’t the right timing to watch a proper match. I also went and visited a local place nearby to watch a sumo practice in full swing which was a great experience. If you do go be wary that you’ll be sitting in one spot for the entire time and will be required to be super quiet and respectful
5.0in the last week
While the quality of the matches has declined over the decades, the spectacle and atmosphere remain unique. A more talented writer could write poems about the scent of the wrestlers' binzuke-abura hair oil mingling with the aroma of yakitori and the pungency of wrestlers' - and spectators' - sweat. The sumo museum inside is a disappointment, but well worth the admission price of zero yen.
5.07 months ago
Great experience watching the sumo tournament. Facilities are great and the staff are helpful and friendly and will guide you to your seat. If you are going to the sumo tournament and you are based overseas, do be aware that tickets get sold out so don't expect to get a ticket on the day. Do book your tickets online in advance to ensure that you are able to see and experience the tournament.
5.06 months ago
We lined up just after 5am for day of tickets for the January Grand Sumo Tournament. The staff kept us well informed, announcing what was going on in both Japanese and English.
The venue is well set out and we had a pretty good view, despite being in the highest seats. We were able to sit a bit closer earlier in the day, as most people turn up around/after 2pm.
If you're in Tokyo during a Grand Sumo Tournament, we would 100% recommend it!
5.07 months ago
1st sumo tournament and it was AMAZING! Food was good, crowd was lively and the entertainment was funny. Definitely a must see!
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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