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Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Sumida
Categories: Specialty Museums, Arenas & Stadiums, Museums, Tourist Spots
Experience the blend of Japan's culture and athleticism at Ryōgoku Kokugikan, a venue for the national sport of sumo wrestling. The complex seats 13,000 people and hosts annual "honbasho," or sumo tournaments, including the Hatsu (New Year) in January, the Natsu (summer) in May, and the Aki (fall) in September. Besides sumo, the venue also hosts indoor events such as boxing, pro wrestling, and music concerts. Stop by to visit the onsite museum to learn about sumo's history and view color prints, wrestlers' aprons, and other temporary exhibitions. Pick up some sumo-themed souvenirs at the gift shop. Use our Tokyo trip generator to add Ryōgoku Kokugikan and other attractions to your Tokyo vacation plans.
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A great event particularly on a rainy day if in Tokyo. The seating is very well organised and drinks and food are delivered to your matt seating area. Great thing to experience with friends colleagues... read more »
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有时间的话，可以来看看。比赛季是收费的，运气好儿童组比赛是免费观看。 如果去秋葉原，可以换车去两国，喜欢日本文化的人，不去可惜了。 免费进场时一定要安静，把手机静音模式。不要大声喧哗，随意丢弃垃圾！
We lucked into tickets to see a day of the September sumo basho (tournament) while in Tokyo for vacation, through the friend of a friend who couldn't use her tickets. The pageantry is so medieval it's... read more »
Went here on the last day of January in 2016. A junior sumo tournament with participants from Japan, Korea and the United States of America was in progress. We managed to find a seat and enjoyed a few matches. The place is well decorated and bustling. There are 'cubicles' where people can sit on the floor, and regular seats in the balcony. Plenty of people had brought food and drink and had a great time watching the matches. Will visit again.
Awesome arena! Comfy seats and great facilities. The views are great anywhere you sit in the entire place. Even the arena food is super tasty which is something I'm not used to with Australian arenas.
Very interesting you can see sumos walking around having dinner at many places in Ryogoku.
You simply have to come here if there is a show on whilst you are in Tokyo. There are three opportunities - January, May and September, so it's worth trying to travel within these time frames if you can. You can pick up tickets in any 711, and the cheap seats are very reasonable for what is basically a whole days entertainment. Don't go too early, because that is just the lower ranked people, and it will be quite empty. Take a good camera, some binoculars (depending on your seat) and enjoy! I love it.
Went there for Iron Maiden concert in April 2016. Access is easy and close from the Ryogoku station.
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