This experience could not have been better. We really wanted to go see the Sumo tournament but were a little intimidated by the process. Furthermore, the tickets on the official website were sold out and Stubhub was charging around $200!
Thank goodness we found this. The process could not have been simpler. We took the subway to Ryogoku Station, left through the West Gate, and immediately saw someone with a Japan WonderTravel sign. We said hi, gave her our names and were introduced to our English speaking guide who was INCREDIBLY nice and knew SO MUCH about Sumo.
She walked us to the arena, gave us a small tour, explained all the rules of Sumo (including various techniques that are used) and guided us to our seats where we enjoyed 2 hours of bouts. She continued to give us little bits of information and knew SO much about the individual wrestlers. It really enriched the experience as we went in knowing absolutely nothing about Sumo.
In summary, if you want to see Sumo, but don’t speak fluent Japanese or know much about Sumo. This experience is absolutely perfect for you. You will not be disappointed!
by Zach and Shannon (05/15/19)
Excellent tour with a great guide with lots of knowledge. Thank you
by Paul (05/15/19)
One of the best tours I've had in Japan. Our tour guide, Yuki was very knowledgeable about the subject and informed of the both history, rules, and the current standings and favorites of the tournament. A very pleasurable experience.
by George (05/14/19)
We were met at Ryogoku Station by our lovely guide Yoriko Kimura. Yoriko spoke English very well, was very knowledgeable and clearly had a passion for Sumo and enjoyed sharing it with us. We were given a quick tour of the stadium before being taken to wonderful seats to observe the Sumo bouts.
During the event Yoriko explained the rituals and the nuances going on before us. Without her expertise it would have been difficult to fully comprehend and appreciate the spectacle.
If you are interested in learning about Sumo I would highly recommend this tour.
by Duncan (01/23/19)