Watch Sumo Wrestlers Grapple During Morning Practice

This popular experience provides a glimpse into the world of Sumo – an ancient traditional Japanese sport that dates back over 2000 years and is one of Japan’s top attractions. Sumo is considered a sacred sport as it was originally practised ritualistically with the intention of being rewarded with a bountiful harvest by Shinto deities.

In this experience, you will get an opportunity to watch sumo wrestlers fight in their morning practice. You will be accompanied by an expert guide who will provide explanation of sumo customs and will address any questions. In addition, after the practice is over, you might be lucky enough to get a selfie with the sumo wrestlers.

Duration: Approximately 120 minutes – the practice starts around 8am and finishes around 10am.
Price: The price varies depending on the number of participants
Include: Guide fee
Exclude: Transportation fee

*Available morning sumo practice dates in Tokyo for 2018.
January 3rd – 26th
February 5th – 21st
April 2nd – 30th (except for 26th)
May 1st – 25th
June 4th – 20th
July 30th
August 1st – 31st (except for 27th)
September 1st – 21st
October 1st – 24th
December 3rd – 29th

Important Notes:

*As the schedule may change, the available sumo practice dates are not guaranteed. Please contact [email protected] to check availability before booking.

In rare circumstances of the sumo morning practice being cancelled on the day of booking, a full refund  will be provided. Please take this into consideration.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • A full refund will be provided within 7 days (Japan Standard Time) prior to your booking.
  • A 50% refund will be provided within 6-3 days (Japan Standard Time) prior to your booking.
  • No refund will be provided if you fail to turn up on the day of the experience or if you cancel within 2 days (Japan Standard Time).

Guide fee


Transportation fee


If a reservation has to be cancelled, customers will be charged a fee depending on how far from the tour date the cancellation takes place.

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  1. Cekeste

    Thanks Satoko!


    Satoko was so kind to accommodate us last minute with our tight schedule and limited time window. She explained what was happening, the rank system and translated comments between wrestlers. It was awesome seeing the sumo wrestlers in an intimate setting getting tips and reprimands from their sumo master. Training was intense, dirty, sweaty, face slapping fun. Their honor for the superior ranks was refreshing as they showed a lot of respect to each other despite the aggressive wedgies. We were allowed to watch quietly seated on the floor and take lots of pictures in a stable far outside of the popular sumo district. Satoko was so sweet after the tour she made sure we could get our JR passes lined up for our next stop at the train station and went above and beyond spending extra time translating with the station attendants. Thanks Satoko!

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  2. Patrick

    Learn Japan‘s National Sport of Sumo


    It really felt like a fly on a wall experience in an ancient club. The rituals, ceremony and training techniques were fascinating to watch first hand only a few steps away. Our host Satoko was great. She was super friendly, genuine and very helpful. We ended up sharing standing Soba with Satoko afterwards. It was definitely an eye opening experience into a part of ancient Japanese culture. 

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