Tokyo Sumo Stable Tour — Watch Morning Sumo Training

Overview

The six annual Grand Tournaments aren’t the only place to see sumo. For a glimpse into the life of a sumo wrestler, join this sumo stable tour in Tokyo. With an English-speaking guide, watch the wrestlers up-close as they participate in their morning training, then take a commemorative photo at the end.

Highlights

  • Watch sumo wrestlers train at a real sumo stable in Tokyo
  • Get an up-close look at a day in the life of a sumo wrestler
  • Learn about the history and rituals of sumo from your English-speaking guide
  • Take a commemorative photo with sumo wrestlers after the training

Key Information

Important Information

• The minimum number of participants is 2 • Solo guests can join by paying the 2-person price • Solo guests who booked with the 2-person price will be refunded 50% if a reservation by another guest is made on your experience date • For solo guests who can change to another experience date that already has bookings by other guests, we will also refund half of your payment • The images on this page are for illustration purposes only, and are not photos of the actual sumo stable tour • Sumo stables are not tourist facilities. Sumo training is a serious and traditional practice. It is opened especially for sumo fans on the understanding that strict rules will be followed. Please show your respect to the stable master and wrestlers; failure to follow proper etiquette may result in being asked to leave the stable without re-entry or refund • We will provide joining instructions (the exact meeting point and time, as well as other details) shortly before your tour date, so please check your email from Rakuten Travel Experiences on the day of your visit with further instructions. • We recommend using the restroom before the tour; sumo stables usually do not have restrooms for guests to use RULES By booking this experience, you agree to the following rules, and you acknowledge that the sumo stable has the right to refuse guests who are unable to observe the house rules: 1. Children aged 0–2 are not allowed inside the sumo stable, and children aged 3–17 are only admitted under adult supervision. Parents will be responsible for their children’s behavior at all times, and children who do not observe the rules and etiquette of the stable will be asked to leave 2. Please watch the practice quietly and do not move around in the stable. Sumo fans are expected to be as still as possible during the practice of around 1–2 hours 3. Do not speak in the stable; even your whispering voice may disturb the wrestlers 4. Do not stand in the ring or on the sandy ground. The ring is a sacred place that's only for the wrestlers 5. Take off your shoes at the stable entrance, before stepping on the tatami floor 6. Take off hats and sunglasses, and switch off mobile phones inside the stable 7. Cross your legs when sitting on the tatami floor. Do not stretch your legs toward the ring, as it is impolite to show the soles of your feet to the wrestlers 8. Do not eat, drink, or smoke inside the stable (on hot days, you may be allowed to drink water, tea, or sports drinks) 9. Ask for permission before taking any photos during the practice. Please never use flashes, loud shutter sounds, or take videos while training is ongoing — permission to take photos during the practice is up to the sumo stable on the day, and you may need to wait until after practice is finished. Please do not share photos of sumo wrestlers on websites or social media, as it could cause portrait rights issues 10. Do not leave the stable during the session — once you start watching the practice, you are expected to stay until the end 11. Do not bring large bags or luggage to the stable, since space is usually very limited 12. Cover up any visible tattoos as much as possible. Tattoos are still not widely accepted in Japanese society, particularly in traditional spaces such as sumo stables DISCLAIMERS By placing a booking, you agree to the following disclaimers: 1. By booking this experience, you accept that the exact time, place, and duration can change without prior notice 2. You will have to sit still on the tatami floor for most of the session. Chairs can be requested only in circumstances that prevent sitting cross-legged (e.g. due to infirmity or injury), but cannot be guaranteed. The availability of chairs might not be confirmed until a few days before the tour. A lack of seating will not be grounds for refund or cancellation 3. The sumo stable has the right to refuse guests who are unable to observe the rules and etiquette of the stable. Anyone asked to leave the stable will not be able to re-enter, and will not be eligible for a refund 4. During busy periods, this may be a large group tour; for large bookings, your group may have to be split between two different stables 5. In the unlikely event that the sumo wrestlers are unwell, and in other unforeseen circumstances, the training session and tour may be shortened 6. The stables are living quarters for the wrestlers and stable masters who oversee them; guests should follow the house rules. Stable masters are not prohibited from smoking in or around the stable, therefore a non-smoking environment cannot be guaranteed. (However, regardless of the stable's policy on smoking for wrestlers and stable masters, guests are not allowed to smoke in the stable) 7. Until further notice, please wear a mask to avoid the spread of infectious diseases

Description

See Japan’s national sport in a whole new light! Whether you missed the chance to attend a tournament or loved it so much you want more, a morning training tour at a Tokyo sumo stable is a unique insight into a world-famous practice. You’ll meet your English-speaking guide, who’ll take you to the stable (called a “heya”) in the Ryogoku neighborhood of Tokyo. This area is home to many of the most prestigious heya in Japan. There, you’ll watch “asa-geiko,” or morning training. In a ring marked as holy ground, these imposing athletes undergo a strenuous regime that’s tightly bound in tradition and ritual. Your guide will explain the intricacies of sumo, including its centuries' worth of history and deep connections with the Shinto religion. You’ll also be instructed on how to behave in accordance with these traditions, and the etiquette involved with watching and practicing sumo. When training is over, you’ll get a chance to take photos with the wrestlers themselves — a far cry from watching a tournament through binoculars! Book this Tokyo sumo stable tour now for an unforgettable experience!

How it works

1) Once your booking is confirmed, we will connect you with your guide. Please wait for your guide to confirm the exact time and meeting place, which will not be fixed until shortly before the tour. Since a sumo stable is not a sightseeing attraction, the best time and place to visit can change without prior notice. The usual start time is between 07:00–09:00, early in the morning 2) Meet your guide at the closest station to the designated stable for your tour. From there, you will walk to the sumo stable. The training session can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the wrestlers’ physical condition and various other factors 3) Visitors are expected to stay for the entire duration of the practice. After the training session is over, you will have a photo opportunity with the sumo wrestlers. Please do not share photos of sumo wrestlers on websites or social media, as it could cause portrait rights issues

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