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
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.
5.02 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 👍🏻
5.0in the last week
Sumo grand arena. We had the worst seats and still had a clear view. Good food and drink selection although limited by my lack of Japanese. But people did their best to help.
5.03 months 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.
5.04 months 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.
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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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