Ryogoku Kokugikan, Sumida

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Experience the blend of Japan's culture and athleticism at Ryogoku Kokugikan, a venue for the national sport of sumo wrestling. The complex seats 13,000 people and hosts annual "honbasho," or sumo tournaments, including the Hatsu (New Year) in January, the Natsu (summer) in May, and the Aki (fall) in September. Besides sumo, the venue also hosts indoor events such as boxing, pro wrestling, and music concerts. Stop by to visit the onsite museum to learn about sumo's history and view color prints, wrestlers' aprons, and other temporary exhibitions. Pick up some sumo-themed souvenirs at the gift shop. Plan your Ryogoku Kokugikan visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tokyo using our Tokyo trip builder website .
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  • Was really fun to watch the sumo tournament! It’s a very unique experience and was great that the tour we went with explained abit to us. Beers are just outside the doors. U can get food as well. High...  more »
  • Sumo wrestling is held in January, May, and September, and it is popular now, so you have to line up early in the morning to buy tickets on the day, and the curtain of the full house thank you every day is down.
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  • Sumo wrestling is an incredible experience, one I will never forget. The arena wasn't as large as I thought it would be but the energy and history was unforgettable. I didn't know anything about sumo wrestling before but the guided tour that I was on was very informative and before the start of the tournament I saw on the street the sumo wrestler who ended up winning the entire tournament, so that was really incredible. The food is also delicious at the arena so don't be concerned about not bringing food.
  • Unique and engrossing experience coming here to see the sumo wrestling tournament. Cultural, sporting, and culinary (there are good snacks on offer) event all rolled into one! Well worth a read up and a quick watch of some sumo on TV before coming if you're not Japanese; I feel like I got a lot more out of it by knowing something beforehand.
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