Watch a Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan

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  • Watch a Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan
  • Watch a Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan
  • Watch a Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan
  • Watch a Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan
  • Watch a Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan
Location

Tokyo, Japan

Address

1-3-28 Yokoduna, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Getting there

(Train) 2 minutes on foot from Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line, or 5 minutes on foot from Ryogoku Station on the Tokyo Toei Oedo Line.

Telephone

03-3623-5111 (Nihon Sumo Kyokai, the Sumo Wrestling Association)

More information

http://www.sumo.or.jp

Prices

There are two basic types of tickets. The first is a Japanese style box in which you sit on the floor. The second type of ticket is called an arena seat and is just like the stadium seating found in your own country.

The price of a Japanese box starts at approximately ¥38,000** (tax included) with one box seating four people.

The price of an arena seat starts at approximately ¥3,800** (tax included). **Prices will vary slightly between venues.

Opening hours

September Grand Sumo Tournament: Sun.–Sun., September 9–23

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Ryogoku is known as the heartland of sumo, and rikishi wrestlers are a common sight in the neighborhood and around the train station. Of the six professional Grand Sumo Tournaments held every year, Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall stages three in January, May, and September.

Then, how about watching one of these tournaments in person? The first step is to book your seats in advance. If you want to feel the dynamic bang of the rikishi up close, a masu-seki box seat close to the ringside is the best choice. Each box is sectioned off in a square that accommodates four spectators. This is the traditional seating assignment in Japanese entertainment.

Upon arriving at the Kokugikan Hall on the day of the match, the fun starts at the entrance, where oyakata stablemasters, who were once rikishi themselves, tear your ticket in half and give you the stub. This is the perfect chance to meet some of the most famous sumo wrestlers.

In the hall’s first floor is a Sumo Museum, which displays items linked to sumo like nishiki-e colored woodblock prints, banzuke tournament record books, and kesho-mawashi belts worn for ceremony only by top-ranked rikishi. A visit to the museum is a must between sumo bouts.

The tournament itself kicks off around 9 in the morning with bouts between the youngest rikishi, from jonokuchi, or the lowest-ranking division, to maezumo, a rank below that for new wrestlers. This is a great opportunity to see whether you can spot yokozuna champions of the future, and is recommended if you have the time to devote to the event for cheering on up-and-comers. When the tournament concludes in the evening, relive the excitement with dinner at one of Ryogoku’s numerous chankonabe eateries, and relish in the one-pot stew dish that is the very source of the powerful bang between the rikishi.

Has this inspired you to spend a day in Ryogoku and experiencing the joy of watching a Grand Sumo Tournament?

September Grand Sumo Tournament: Sun.–Sun., September 9–23