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Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Sumida
(4.4/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • When you are in Tokyo and there is a tournament, GO!!! This is a really unique opportunity to Japanese tradieties. The complex is easily accessible, right next to a subway/train station. Inside there is enough goodies to find, but you can also eat with you, you will not be the only one.
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  • I am a huge pro-wrestling fan, so when I was in Tokyo I made sure to check out a show and there just so happened to be a big New Japan Pro Wrestling event at the "Sumo Hall." The arena itself is a sho...  more »
  • Very impressive. There are no leagues all year, so it takes luck to be in Tokyo in a time of good fights. The arena is immense and the public twists with great animation. Each fight itself lasts only seconds, but the preparation lasts about 4 minutes, always preceded by a chant, and is quite interesting. Very typical of Japanese culture. Remembering that Sumo has origin in Shinto ritual.
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  • Foi uma experiência única e sensacional! Nunca havia visto e me agradou muito. A luta é bem rápida mas toda a preparação dos lutadores e a encenação do juiz antecedendo a luta vale cada centavo. O ginásio é muito bonito por dentro, não imaginava que seria assim. No fim do tarde já está lotado de pessoas animadas e torcendo não importando o vencedor. Assisti ao espetáculo das lutas de sumo dia 23/09/2016. Comprei o ingresso do dia que é vendido pela manhã no dia (chegue bem cedo para garantir). Segui a recomendação de outras pessoas de ir umas 3 pm e ver apenas as lutas principais.
  • We just turned up out of the blue to find a small but very interesting sumo museum, and a kids sumo tournament happening in the main arena. We could just go in and watch - really fantastic. Some souvenir stalls downstairs. Definitely worth dropping in if nearby or on way to edo tokyo museum which is next door.
  • Very nice and big place. I went there for a fair event and I was pretty impressed. I definitely need to go back there for a sumo tournament.
  • The traditional sumo arena with all of the associated regalia and customs. You can't miss this, so consider a tour company if you aren't comfortable trying to get tickets and doing it on your own. I went during the 2015 tournament and had the time of my life. You can rent an FM radio for live translation and earbuds if you don't have one.
  • 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.