Behind-the-Scenes Sumo Experience & Chanko Nabe Lunch


Experience sumo up-close and personal, with a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the wrestlers on this unique cultural tour. Watch a sumo demonstration, learn about techniques and training, take photos together, and even try sumo yourself before sharing a hearty meal of their famous stew.


  • Challenge the wrestlers yourself for the ultimate test!
  • Watch two former wrestlers demonstrate the national sport
  • Enjoy a 1-to-1 chat and learn about sumo’s spiritual heritage
  • Dine on chanko nabe, the secret stew of sumo strength
  • Pull back the curtain on sumo and talk to real wrestlers

Key Information

Important Information

• Ages 0–3 are free of charge • Guests with allergies should inform the host at least 3 days in advance (not all allergies can be accomodated) • For cold drinks (including alcohol for ages 20+) please bring cash to buy on the day • The maximum number of guests may be adjusted depending on the circumstances


In this unique cultural activity, guests can have a behind-the scenes sumo experience hosted by actual retired rikishi — professional sumo wrestlers. You’ll see a demonstration of sumo put on by two such skilled rikishi, and get to ask any questions you may have — very different from the somber setting when watching an official training session. As well as the demo, enjoy an explanation of the intense training and the essential techniques of sumo wrestling. There’s a lot more skill to it than some people think! Bold guests can even get hands-on, and challenge one of the wrestlers to a bout themselves! Lastly, you can try the famous “chanko nabe” hot-pot, a protein-rich dish that helps the rikishi develop their intensely powerful statures. Feel free to ask more questions of your hosts while you eat. Originating in the 7th century as a ritual dedicated to the gods, sumo wrestling is an ancient part of Japanese tradition, and the official national sport. Normally shrouded in ritual, with a language barrier between travelers and the depths of the culture, through this activity the world of sumo is open to all!

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