Sumo is Japan's national sport. Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime chance watching famous sumo wrestlers at their exclusive morning training! After that, enjoy the wrestler’s meal “Chankonabe” lunch and walking around with the wrestlers.
Sumo is a national sport in Japan, and especially popular among traditional Japanese cultures. It is still very closely associated with its religious origins. From the very beginning it was entwined with Shinto ritual, when it was performed at shrines to ensure a bountiful harvest and to honor the spirits. Watching the early-morning training by sumo wrestlers at a sumo stable is also popular, as you can very closely see them go head-to-head and it looks powerful. So, you are very lucky to encounter this page, as we have prepared a special plan for you to intermingle with sumo wrestlers. Premium Half-Day Tour with Sumo Wrestlers (5 – 6 hours) 1. Watching early-morning training at a sumo stable 2. Eating Chankonabe (roughly translated as stew by sumo wrestlers) with 2 sumo wrestlers 3. Walking around Asakusa or Ryogoku, a holy place of sumo, with 2 sumo wrestlers An English-speaking guide and transportation are included, so don’t worry when you talk to the wrestlers, and feel free to make friends with them. In addition, there are options that you can watch the training privately (so you will be the only guests) and that you can add a sumo wrestler to go to lunch and walk around. (But in this case additional charges apply.) **Important Rules of Sumo Stable Visit** Please keep in mind the following rules and precautions when you visit any sumo stable: 1. A sumo stable is not a tourist facility. Sumo practice is very serious, so please show respect to the stable master and wrestlers. Failure to follow proper etiquette might result in being asked to leave the stable. 2. Please watch the practice quietly and do not move around in the stable. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted. Sumo fans are expected to be as still as possible during the practice. Depending on the tour date and sumo stable, well-behaved children under 12 years of age may be permitted to participate in the tour so please inquire with us before booking. Please note that parents will have full responsibility to look after the behavior of their children and make sure they sit still for about 1-2 hours watching the sumo training. If parents or their children fail to observe the rules and manners of the sumo stable, they will be asked to leave and in such cases no refund will be issued. 3. Please do not speak in the stable. Even your whispering voice may disturb the wrestlers. 4. Please do not stand on the ring or on the sandy ground. The ring is a sacred place for the wrestlers. 5. At the entrance of the stable, please take off your shoes before stepping onto the tatami floor. When you sit on the tatami floor, please cross your legs. Do not stretch your legs toward the ring as it is considered impolite to show the soles of feet to the wrestlers. 6. Please take off your hat and sunglasses inside the stable. 7. While inside the stable, you are not allowed to eat, drink, or smoke. 8. Cameras: If you ask for permission first, you will sometimes be permitted to take photos during the practice, but please never use a flash, loud shutter sounds, or take videos while training is ongoing. Permission to take pictures during the practice is up to the sumo stable staff on the day, and it is not guaranteed to take photos until after practice is finished. If your camera makes a loud shutter sound, you will be asked not to use it or switch to using another camera or a smartphone. In any case, please try to reduce the sound of the shutter in order not to disturb the morning practice. 9. Please turn off your mobile phone. 10. Once you start watching the practice, you are supposed to stay until the wrestlers finish their practice. So please try not to leave the stable during the practice. 11. Please don't bring a big backpack or luggage with you since the sumo stable has limited space for the audience. 12. If you have any visible tattoos, please cover them as much as possible. Tattoos are not widely accepted in Japanese society and particularly in traditional spaces such as the sumo stables.