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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2.02 weeks 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.
5.0in the last week
Very neat arena. The grand tournament is held here. Big bouts start after 3pm. Day tickets are at the door.
5.03 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!
5.04 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.
5.0in the last week
Watching the Sumo wrestling tournament...
Great facility with friendly Japanese hospitality....
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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