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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  • It is an arena of soymo traditional Japanese game. You should never have the match information. And other days allowed
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  • I went to the yokozuna deliberation Committee practice was open to the public. 10 for the past, is on the first floor was full, but staff are on the second floor. Power is not on the ground floor. Enjoy 10 minutes.
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  • We came here for the sumo and it was fantastic! Such a good, truly Japanese cultural experience. It was fun being with the locals enjoying a sport they are all so enthused about. We had tickets for th...  more »
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  • Great place to enjoy one full day while sumo competition is on. Buy lunch box and get regular seats instead of those with curl feet. Nearly every seat is good and can view clearly. Go early to print out prepurchased ticket at front door then relax and come back around 2 pm to watch the famous sumo wrestlers enter. Competition ends sharp at 6pm, starts at 9am. Well worth the ticket price.
  • 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.
  • Sumo wrestling is super cool, and far more interesting than it seems. If you have the opportunity, go to a tournament here. Although full of foreigners, still a great atmosphere. You can safely skip the earlier matches because the higher-skilled wrestlers have their matches later in the day, and those matches are much better.
  • Fantastic experience even if not a big Sumo fan. Probably best to go with a local to help understand any subplots and form guides. Check out the hand prints at Ryogoku train station.
  • Incredible experience, and well worth the cost! You need to book almost two months in advance, the day the tickets go on sale. If there's an option to include food in your pre-paid package, skip that. Trust the reviews. The bento boxes for sale at the place are resonably priced and delicious. Sumo staple food, chank nabe, was being sold in a dining room in the basement for very cheap.
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