Watch Morning Practice at a Sumo Stable in Tokyo

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Watch Morning Practice at a Sumo Stable in Tokyo
from £83.46
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.
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In Brief

Chuo City, Japan
60 to 180 hours
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Important InfoInfo
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.


  • Local guide


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transfer to/from sumo stable

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

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

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 10 Oct 2019
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.
• Submitted 09 Oct 2019
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!
• Submitted 04 Oct 2019
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!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2019
Sumo morning practice was good fun -a worthwhile experience and would recommend it to any body visiting Tokyo
• Submitted 15 Aug 2019
We really enjoyed the peek into the world of Sumo. Wow. Very entertaining and interesting. I recommend doing this.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2019
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
• Submitted 31 Oct 2018
My boyfriend and I have followed sumo for two years. We saw a tournament in Tokyo last year. Getting to see practice at a sumo stable was icing on the cake. You are UP CLOSE and personal, watching the stable master instruct the rikishi. After practice, you can ask questions and take pictures with some of the rikishi. Very cool experience, even if you don't follow sumo.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2018
This was high on our list of to do's especially since we were missing the tournament season. You think they are slow? Think again! The speed and agility that they display is amazing. We got to see them warm up, do various exercises and see some mock fights. What a wonderful way to spend the morning in Tokyo.
• Submitted 31 Aug 2018
Such a great experience to see the sumo wrestlers up close.l Def worth doing. This was one of the highlights of the trips
• Submitted 07 Aug 2018
The power, speed and intensity exhibited by these athletes was awe-inspiring. This is a must-see experience for anyone interested in sports and culture.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2018
It may seem pricey for a 2 hour activity that doesn't include transportation to and from the site, but it was worth the money and our time. You can see a practice for free if you contact the sumo stable and wait in line early in the day, but it was worth paying the money to secure a spot without waiting in line. Its also hard to contact the sumo stables if you don't speak Japanese. We watched the sumo wrestlers warm up and practice for 2 hours. Even though there were no verbal explanations during the practice, you can experience the intensity of the sport and understand how the sport works. We also got to take pictures with the wrestlers after the practice was over. And we were able to ask the tour guides questions in English at the end of practice.
• Submitted 22 May 2018
Very very interesting to watch! Definitely recommend it!
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
Very interesting experience. Well worthwhile.
• Submitted 07 Apr 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 30 Mar 2018
Incredible opportunity to watch members of a Sumo Stable close up. We took our 12 and 14 year old to watch how intensive the training is. The flexibility and fitness required by Sumo for training is incredible. Highly recommended, if you are able to sit quietly for around two and a half hours.
• Submitted 01 Feb 2018
This was an amazing event that worked beautifully to ready us for the match in the evening. Don't go to the Sumo match without seeing a practice. Wow!!! I'm providing a five star because the event itself was wonderful. However, our guide never spoke to us. We arrived early and a kind gentleman let us inside the stable. It was cold. No one ever assisted in any manner.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2018
My husband and I attended this tour during our trip in Japan. Thoroughly enjoyed this intimate and close up experience of sumo wrestling which is so important in the Japanese culture. Worth every penny we paid for this and could not have asked for anything more.
• Submitted 10 Jan 2018
Wasn't sure what to expect but this was one of our tour highlights. These athletes are amazing to watch up close, you'll have a new appreciation for their sport and their conditioning. We even got to meet a few of them in person afterwards and take some great pictures. A wonderful experience!
• Submitted 26 Dec 2017
Great. If you can’t make it to a match then this is well worth it. It’a much better than it looks!
• Submitted 26 Dec 2017
Astonishing insight into the hard work and training that the Sumo wrestlers go through to get to the elite. This made me flinch each time they crashed into each other, the force was so great and sitting so close you practically felt it!!!
• Submitted 25 Dec 2017
It was a great experience to be able to watch the morning sumo practice. Our guide Kota was very friendly, helpful and spoke fluent English. Kota translated questions for the sumo wrestlers at the end of practice and organised for the group to have a photo taken with sumo wrestlers.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2017
This was one of our favorite activities in Japan. Highly recommend. You will be sitting on the floor and it smells a little but it is worth it!
• Submitted 12 Nov 2017