Sumo is traditional Japanese, full-contact wrestling derived from religious performances that entertained the Shinto gods in ancient times. Professional sumo wrestlers only wear Mawashi, the sumo belt, during the competitions. The wrestler claims victory by forcing his opponent out of the circular ring or by making him touch the ground with any part of his body other than his feet. Three grand tournaments are held each year. If you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo, you should be able to get a ticket to Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall.
- 10am - 4.30pm
- +81 3 3623 5111
- Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall (Japan Sumo Association), 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015
- 2-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station West Exit 5-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku Station Exit A4