Explore the history and culture of sumo at sumo-related landmarks in Ryogoku, and enjoy a chanko nabe hot-pot lunch as eaten by sumo wrestlers!
This small-group tour with commentary by a sumo expert guide lets you know all about sumo including its history, culture, and sumo wrestlers' daily lives. While you might not have the chance to see real sumo bouts during your stay in Japan, this tour primes you with all the knowledge to increase your joy of watching sumo, be it in Japan or at home. The tour consists of two parts: 1: Walking tour around Ryogoku Visit sumo-related landmarks and learn how sumo developed over 1600 years. See sumo stables from outside where the wrestlers live and train. Learn from your knowledgeable guide about their lives and careers. Get answers to any sumo-related questions. 2: Lunch at a chanko-nabe restaurant Have lunch at one of the best chanko-nabe restaurants in Ryogoku. This nutritious hot-pot is the centerpiece of a sumo wrestler’s diet, to gain weight and muscles to build their bodies. It is no accident that the dish has become the mainstay of the wrestlers' regimen!