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Sumo Tour: Tokyo Tournament

Day trip
from £73

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This Japanese-style wrestling dates from ancient times and is thus full of rituals. Six tournaments are held each year; Tokyo hosts three tournaments annually.

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This Japanese-style wrestling dates from ancient times and is thus full of rituals. Six tournaments are held each year; Tokyo hosts three tournaments annually.

Itinerary - 1 Days

  1. Location
    Tokyo
    【 Information 】

    Departure: Tokyo
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    2018
    Dates: 14-28 Jan, 13-27 May and 9-23 September
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    Time: 13:50 pm - 18:30 pm
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    Price : Adult GBP 73 / Child (6-11yrs) GBP 73
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    Meal: Not included
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    Pick-up service: See hotel list regarding pick-up services for this tour.
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    【 Itinerary 】

    13:50 Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal
    Depart from the bus terminal and travel by JR or subway to Ryogoku. (20 min)

    Ryogoku station to Ryogoku Kokugikan on foot (5 min)
    The whole area around Ryogoku Station is filled with the atmosphere of the Grand Sumo Tournament. There are also many chanko stew restaurants run by former sumo wrestlers in this area.

    Visit the Sumo Museum at Ryogoku Kokugikan
    Tour the Sumo Museum. A variety of items related to sumo wrestling are on exhibit here. The exhibit changes 6 times a year, so even those who have visited before can look forward to something new.

    Watch Sumo at Ryogoku Kokugikan
    Please enjoy the powerful matches from your reserved seat (B-class chair seat on the 2nd floor), after visiting the Sumo Museum.
    A sumo brochure and an English sumo ranking list are also provided.
    Spectators can go for a rest or grab a bite at one of the arena vendors, even if a sumo match is underway.
    Junior division sumo matches are held first, proceeding to higher rank matches as the day goes on.

    15:45- Makuuchi Wrestler Ceremonial Entrance. The atmosphere in the arena brightens instantly as senior division wrestlers wearing vivid 'kesho-mawashi' ceremonial aprons enter the ring and form a circle.
    16:00- Yokozuna Grand Champion Ring Entrance. The yokozuna enter the ring accompanied by two apprentices.
    16:10- Intense bouts between the highest division wrestlers begin.

    How to enjoy Sumo:
    Watching the sumo matches is the main event, but there are many other things to enjoy at the Kokugikan arena.
    First, check out the arena entrance lobby to look at the championship flags and other items given to champion sumo wrestlers. The lobby is also a popular spot for photo taking.
    Secondly, the arena houses a Sumo Museum where important sumo related items such as woodblock prints, folding screens and ceremonial aprons from as far back as the Edo period are on display. Check out the exhibit during a break in the sumo matches.
    Finally, don't forget to browse through the various sumo-related goods that are on sale.

    6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    After the events conclude, the group disbands.
    NOTE: After the group disbands, please return to hotels on your own. The guide will explain return transportation means.


    【 Remarks 】

    * Participants watch sumo matches from 2nd-floor, B-class chair seating, after visiting Sumo Museum which is located inside Kokugikan arena.
    * FM radio sets are available at the Kokugikan. You can enjoy English-language sumo broadcast. And you can get a sumo brochure and a English-language sumo ranking list.
    * You may have to wait to be taken to your seat if one of the following such events is underway at the time: a sumo match, the ring entering procession of the Makuuchi division wrestlers (dohyoiri),
    the ring entering procession of the Yokozuna, the sanyakusoroibumi ritual stomping ceremony, or a speech by the Sumo Association (on tournament's 1st and last days). In such a case,
    you will be taken to your seat when the event is over.
    * Please inform us of your accommodation and contact details for the day prior to the tour. You will be contacted if the tour is cancelled.
    * Please refrain from bringing food and drinks into the arena. Please purchase food and refreshments from the vendors inside the arena.
    * Depending on the number of participants, the tour may go directly to Ryogoku Kokugikan from the pick-up location. In some cases, the tour will go from Hamamatsucho by bus.
    * Participants may not join the tour midway through.
    * Children 5 years of age or younger may not join this tour.
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