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Kokugikan Sumo Stadium & Museum
Kokugikan Sumo Stadium & Museum

Kokugikan Sumo Stadium & Museum

1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0015

The Basics

Watching a sumo tournament in this sumo hall is a quintessential Japanese experience, and with only three tournaments per year in Tokyo, it’s important to plan (and book) ahead. If you’re visiting between tournaments, you can still get a taste of sumo culture by visiting the museum, stopping at the stadium as part of a tour of Tokyo (with visits to Tokyo Skytree and Kiyosumi Garden as well), or taking a walking tour of Ryogoku District (also known as sumo town) with a sumo wrestler as your guide.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tokyo

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Excellent fun tour of the real Tokyo...
sba06611, Jan 2016
Tokyo by Bike: Skytree, Kiyosumi Garden and Sumo Stadium
Excellent fun tour of the real Tokyo. Yoko and her husband were very informative and extremely professional we had a great time. Would recommend this tour to anyone who can ride a bicycle.
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Yoko and Yasushi gifted us with a...
Samuel W, Jul 2014
Tokyo by Bike: Skytree, Kiyosumi Garden and Sumo Stadium
Yoko and Yasushi gifted us with a wonderful experience exploring parts of Tokyo that you would not find on your own. They truly enjoy giving tours and sharing their city with tourists. We were guided through the streets of Tokyo stopping at a hidden candy shop were Yoko and Yasushi showed us how Japanese kids learned to budget. We saw shinto shrines and Buddhist temples were we learned the differences between the two type of structures and saw some fantastic traditions. We got to sneak in on a Buddhist ceremony were most foreigners don't get to see. Getting to meet sumo wrestlers was fantastic, so was the little restaurant next to the training facility where we attempted to eat like the sumo wrestlers. Yasushi is very knowledgeable about sumo culture and where to meet them if its the off season. The tour was fantastic and we were able to experience a part of Tokyo which you normally don't get to see by yourself or on other tours. We highly recommend this tour and will tour with them on our next visit to Tokyo!
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I cannot say enough about how amazing...
mabejennifer, Jan 2015
Tokyo by Bike: Skytree, Kiyosumi Garden and Sumo Stadium
I cannot say enough about how amazing this tour was! It was one of my favorite experiences in Tokyo. We had the most amazing guides, Yoko and, her husband, Yasushi. They were so knowledgeable, fun, and friendly. It was like spending the day with old friends! My friend and I had actually done the Mt Fuji tour through Viator the day before and Yoko was our guide for that tour. She was so great, we considered ourselves lucky to have her again, for a second day, on the bike tour! This is a great way to see and experience Tokyo. I highly recommend it!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visit during one of three annual tournaments in Tokyo to see the hulking athletes in action.

  • See the stadium on a walking or biking tour of Tokyo.

  • Admission is free to the museum, which is closed Saturday and Sunday and on national holidays.

  • Tournament tickets tend to sell out, especially during the final days, so it’s best to book ahead.

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How to Get There

The stadium is situated a short walk from JR Ryogoku Station (West Exit) and Toei Subway Ryogoku Station (Exit A3).

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When to Get There

To see sumo action live, you’ll have to plan your visit during one of three 15-day tournaments, held in January, May, and September. Wrestling takes place throughout the day, but the biggest competitors take to the ring mid-afternoon. The Kokugikan Sumo Museum is open Monday through Friday.

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Seating at the Kokugikan Stadium

Spectators at Ryogoku Kokugikan have three types of seating from which to choose. Most of the seating is typical arena-style chair seats, but it’s possible to book Japanese-style floor box seats or, for the best views of the action, ringside seating on cushions. While the latter are extremely popular (and difficult for foreigners to purchase), you can arrive early in the day and watch some early matches from these seats until their rightful owners show up.

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