Ryogoku Kokugikan, Sumida

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Experience the blend of Japan's culture and athleticism at Ryogoku 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. Plan your Ryogoku Kokugikan visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tokyo using our Tokyo trip builder website .
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  • National Sport Museum held Sumo visited each time. Not confident in the legs will not climb the steep stairs to climb to the top floor of the second floor seat able 10000 spectators watching the ring of approximately 6 m 4, buy good tickets, please sit down, to a group on the first floor. During the week of the Grand Sumo tournament held outside the Sumo Museum (charges apply) and shops are open. Could see customers Sumo game non-winning amount of hanging to the floor at the Kokugikan attended in other applications too surprised by its size.
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  • If you have any interest in sumo wrestling or something traditionally Japanese, seeing a match in person is a must do. Watching it on tv just doesn't do the sport any justice. The event is a full day ...  more »
  • It was the first time come for purposes other than Sumo. People watching in a group and take off the shoes but I was on the second floor, I was feeling fresh. Good easy watching stage at the concert.
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  • As a foreigner, the place seemed a lot easy even to travel alone. Quite difficult to get tickets for any day, luckily I got a Friday ticket for 5,100 yen which was worth it as it's valid for the whole day. Matches begin quite early @8am but the main tournament begins @2:30 PM. You can see the sumo wrestlers up and close coming near the south gate. There are lot of food and drink options which are reasonably priced, outside food and drinks aren't allowed. You have a beer and enjoy the match.
  • If you want to experience sumo, this is the place to go. Book your ticket in advance to get the best seat. Once inside the building, don't forget to buy bento or sushi box and your prefered drink to enjoy while you're watching.
  • I encourage you to visit the hall from an early hour. Kokugikan is a place to meet wrestlers. Strong wrestler had a sense and the skin was beautiful.
  • Watching sumo was such an amazing experience! Show up by midday (2pm) so you can see the progression of different sumo divisions - who compete very differently.
  • Kokugikan is where them strong men test their strength. Welcome to the best sumo stadium in Tokyo. The ambience, the history next to it , everything is just beautiful. A trip to Japan is not complete without heading over to kokugikan. I had a great experience there. I was even lucky enough to take photos with three of the greatest sumos in the world. And the best part is the whole sumo history can be learnt in a single day at this place. And even there are palm prints of the strongest sumos up to date , so we can measure our palms and make sure that these dudes are not to mess with. The three sumos wrestlers I met were really really friendly and took time and posed for a photo. The seats are booked fast so make sure you book them early or else you'll have to stand outside near the gate and watch the sumos walk in, not battling. People looking for a budget seat can book the seats at the back. But the view isn't bad. I booked one for myself and it cost me 2700yen. And the seats upfront the 4 red seats inside a square space comes upto 1,00,000yen. 25,000 yen for per person. So if you're on a budget and still wanna see these big boys battle it out, go for the budget seats. And make sure you grab a Kirin draft beer and a teriyaki before entering the stadium .. once you're seated and if you plan on going out, you might block the view of others and they might get pissed. We don't want another wrestling match among the crowd now would we? Hahaha..

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