The build-up, tension and excitement. The hand drops to the dusty floor, and then boom! The heavy bodies clash in battle. The Sumo fight has begun. Book Sumo wrestling tours, and you have the chance of getting up close to these unique athletes. Fancy wandering the streets of Tokyo with a wrestler as your guide. Finding out about their favourite places and maybe learning a sumo technique or two along the way. Your Sumo wrestling tour is a whole new way of getting under the Tokyo skin. Just don't get yourself into a slapping battle!


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Our tips for Sumo Wrestling

  • Learn a little before you go: It always helps if you can understand a few words of Japanese before you go. There are plenty of apps and books to help you. Even a thank-you 'arigato' after the tour will help.
  • Keep it calm: There's a serenity about visiting a Japanese garden, so on your tour, enjoy the peace and let nature reveal its beauty to you through the sounds and sights of these gardens. 
  • Keep some change: Although cards are accepted, cash is still the primary payment source. Therefore be sure to have plenty with you on your tour as there may be souvenir buying opportunities.

Good to know

Best time to visit

Spring or Autumn are the best times to visit Japan. You have the stunning pink colours of the cherry blossoms during Spring. However, when they arrive is unpredictable, so you'll need to check. Usually, it's between mid-March and mid-April. Autumn is another good season with sunny days and changing colours. On the other hand, summer's get very hot, so you'll need to keep hydrated.

Getting there
  •  Train is the cheapest and most convenient way of getting to your tour starting point. It's fast, efficient, and economical. You can buy single tickets or return's, and if you do come up short when you arrive and need to pay more, there are special machines to top-up fares. 
  • You can also get a re-chargeable railcard. The SUICA or PASMO are two options. You can then top up when the card gets low. 
Money saving tips

Buying a top-up travel card like a SUICA or PASMO will save you time and money. You can also purchase other items with it, such as food and drinks, at a convenience store.

Did you know?

Impress your friends and fellow travellers with these tidbits of information

  • Sumo wrestling dates back around 1,500 years and is enshrined in Shinto rituals. You'll see the rituals taking place before the belts, especially as they enter the ring. 
  • Sumo wrestlers aren't allowed to drive cars! It was after a severe car accident involving a wrestler that they changed the rule.
  • The wrestlers must follow a rigorous routine and training schedule; they are also expected to control themselves with their demeanour and personality. 

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