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Watch Morning Practice at a Sumo Stable in Tokyo

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Meet your guide who will escort you into an exclusive and fascinating world with a visit to a sumo training center to observe a morning practice session. Gain insight from observing this ancient Japanese martial art and get to grips with its rules and regulations.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Minimum age is 13 years
- Activity requires sitting for long periods of time on the floor
- Conditions depend on sumo stable's schedule and can only be confirmed about one week before. Tournaments are held in other months and thus, the stable is closed. Exact dates vary each year
- Ending time of practice varies every day
- Duration will be between 60 to 90 minutes (Please note that this may be shorter when we have tournament in Tokyo)
- During sumo tournament season in Tokyo in January, May, September, (around 15th~25th), practice duration will be between 30 min to 40 min. Duration is not usual but price will be same.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers


At the Tokyo sumo stable, or a nearby train station, meet up with your guide in the early morning and get ready for a peek into an exclusive world.

Watch a live practice session. Seated on the floor, get close to the sumo wrestlers as they conduct their morning training routine and practice their techniques. Perhaps even get your photo taken with some of the sumo wrestlers after practice is finished: A truly special souvenir of a morning to remember.

Please note, starting and ending times vary.


Departure point:

BOJ株式会社(Beauty Of Japan), Japan, 〒104-0041 Tōkyō-to, Chuo City, Shintomi, 1-chōme−3−2 新富町一丁目5階

Departure time:

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 1/3/2020 - 3/31/2020

Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
4/1/2020 - 4/30/2020
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
5/1/2020 - 12/30/2020
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM


60 to 180 hours



Terms and Conditions:

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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Pieter C

I absolutely enjoyed the morning practice. It was fascinating to get a glimpse into this sport and culture. I would advise on reading up a bit beforehand if you’re new to the sport as not much is being said while training is on. We had an opportunity for photos afterwards, which was great.

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Neil C

Easy to arrange.. good instructions of where to meet and how to get there. Once arrived very easy to view and see these great sumo wrestlers in training for 90 minutes and good photo opportunities. Expensive but well worth it and a must do. Enjoy it while you are there.

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Chris L

Highly recommend doing this if you can't see an actual tournament. It gives you a great insight into the training regime and the ethos. You have to be totally silent throughout the practice, so you are reliant on the tour guide passing around notes to explain what is going on. It lasted c. 90 minutes and I loved it!

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Emanuela L

I like it a lot! It's something you can see only in Japan. When I was there there were no competitions (they run only in certain period during the year) so We assisted to the training. I think this is good because you can feel the fatigue the fighters do in this sport! Be prepared to be in a very "basic" environment, they are very nice at the end you can also take a picture with these big fighters! It's an experience that I would recommend!

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Kevin W

Sumo morning practice was good fun -a worthwhile experience and would recommend it to any body visiting Tokyo

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Alexa C

We really enjoyed the peek into the world of Sumo. Wow. Very entertaining and interesting. I recommend doing this.

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Danielle L

We did a lot of great stuff in Japan but this was our favourite. Very brutal to watch (makes league and union look soft) but showed the dedication of these men.

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A must do for anybody visiting Tokyo. How dedicated and fit these men are!! Our guide was great and explained a lot about the training etc. And the "photo Shoot" after was a lot of fun. Thank you

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Gordon M

Ultimately a very enjoyable cultural experience, with no tournaments happening the practice was the next best thing. Interesting to see warm up routines and practice bouts at very close range and worth getting up early for.
However, the booking experience was varied as despite booking over a month ahead, getting confirmation of availability and taking our money the operator informed us a couple of days before that there were no longer any places and they were cancelling our tour. However, following some firm emails our places were "restored" and everything was fine. Viator need to get this sorted with the provider as I have noted some other comments were people had similar experiences.

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Jeffrey S

I usually dont complain a lot, but after my experience with your guide I feel I have to.

First off I had to call your company multiple times in order for me to get an email and get my instructions for my tour.
That was okay. However today your guide Mr. Takuya really disappointed and insulted me by his words and actions. As we are from another country you have to understand that getting around is difficult as not all are well versed in English and we understand that. So my wife and I left our hotel early and arrived at Ryojoku at 6am just to make sure we are not late. Unfortunately we could not find said A2 exit. We went around the area multiple times as well as asked multiple persons to no avail. We contacted ur guide but he was not helpful at all. All he said is we look for it cause others are waiting. Is that proper? I was explaining to him our predicament yet all we get is that statement. First of all I texted him at around 7 am to ask and he never replied until i texted him multiple times. Then when we did see him he proceeds to say atop complaining? You do not and again i say you DO NOT TREAT clients that way. Regardless of who they are. I dont know what to expect from your company after this but rest assured friends and colleagues will learn about my experience


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Watch Morning Practice at a Sumo Stable in Tokyo

Meet your guide who will escort you into an exclusive and fascinating world with a visit to a sumo training center to observe a morning practice session. Gain insight from observing this ancient Japanese martial art and get to grips with its rules and regulations.

From USD


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