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- Duration: 1 Hr
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, Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience., Regular price , 6/5/2023 - 6/21/2023Monday - Saturday : 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM7/31/2023 - 9/22/2023Monday - Saturday : 07:30 AM - 08.. read more
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OverviewMeet 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.
You can say that sumo must be one of the world's most unique national sports. Sumo originated in Japan as early as the 1600s and Japan remains the only country where this heavyweight sport is practiced professionally. Fighters live in communal 'stables' where every aspect of their daily lives is dictated by strict tradition. These traditions, etiquette, and customs are not taken lightly. Many sumo stables are not open to foreign visitors, and for those that are, even spectators are expected to adhere to specific rules. Vsit the stables and watch the wrestlers practice the art of sumo. Make sure not to eat, talk loudly, or take photos with bright flashes or loud noises so you don't distract the wrestlers!
- Entrance fee
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transfer to/from sumo stable
- This product does not include any food or beverages.
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
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.
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I attended this Sumo’s morning practice at 8 am on a Saturday morning in early June. I was informed of the venue only a few days before the event. As the venue was a bit far from Ginza where I stayed, I wanted to cancel the event. However, I realized that I was not allowed to cancel the event free of charge. In my experience, I could usually cancel booking a day before for most events offered by tour operators like Viator or Gettheguide. Unfortunately, for this event, a few days’ notice of cancellation was required. So, you need to watch out for cancellation policy when you book this event. Overall, the experience of this event is quite interesting. One can understand more about Sumo as a martial arts, what this sports is about, and how much hard effort sumo wrestlers put in. I was given to understand that the event would last about more than an hour or so. But it turned out to be much longer, about 2.5 hours. I managed to stay until the end of the event as I was eager to take pictures with Sumo. Another thing I would like to mention is that to my surprise, several tens of people attended the event and a lot of them came in half way. There were a lot of people coming in and going out throughout the event. If I had known that I was allowed late entry, I would have chosen to arrive late. I found the event a bit long.
It's not every day you get to watch a sumo practice in a Japanese stable. We took this tour as part of a business trip and it was well worth it. You sit directly in front of them while they practice. It's family friendly and you get to take photos of the sumo wrestlers once their practice is done.
An incredible experience! A highlight of the trip! My husband and I loved the Sumo practice. It was an intimate setting where we really got to see the intense training that these amazing athletes endure. We are eager to attend a tournament to watch this training in action. I would recommend this activity to anyone that visits Tokyo. We arrived about 30 minutes early and were the first there which enabled us to sit in the front row. It's not stadium seating so I recommend arriving early as we did for the best view. The wrestlers took photos with us after as well. What a joy!
The experience was very authentic and educational but the area was very cramped, and hot. While we understand that the intent was to be as unobtrusive as possible, setting up chairs and fans would have made the whole hour much more comfortable.
When we arrived our names were marked off and we were given a set of rules to read prior to entry. Then told to line up. Watching the sumo wrestlers practicing and training was excellent and a privilege. What was disappointing is no information was provided on the history of the sport, the life of a sumo and the rules of the sport. We have no idea who was our guide. While people can do their own research, it would be better to have the information and perspective from those involved in the sport.
Sumo Practice, 75 to 90 minutes long, was interesting to watch but beyond a list of warnings (don't show your feet, don't talk etc.) lacked any English language explanations or context. Just as well I watched Sanctuary on Netflix, otherwise I would know why they were stomping their feet the way they did. For $108 pp I expected more.
It is overpriced for what you get. It was fun to watch but $100 a person to sit on the floor and watch practice with zero explanation was too much. They guide does not tell you anything about what is going on
Early morning opportunity that is not to be missed if it is available and you have any interest in the sport of sumo. This was one of the highlight experiences of our trip. Suggest taking a taxi to the address because it is a little hard to find. Watch quietly and observe the rituals and the hierarchy of the sumo wrestlers as they warm up, exercise and then engage with one another in the rink. If sumo competition is not in season this is the best alternate and may be even better as a behind the scenes experience.
Excellent experience in every regard. Extremely well organised. Amazing, up close experience. Well worth the visit. Up close to the tough training action.
Hard to find the location but a wonderful experience. Seating on the floor which isn't easy after 2 hours.