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Early Morning Sumo Practice in Tokyo and the Sumo Museum

by Kaoruko
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4h $ 205 up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Observe early morning Sumo practice
  • Visit the Sumo museum in Kokugikan

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204.70 USD

total price for up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Overview

Overview:
Sumo, traditional Japanese wrestling, was established as Japan's national sport in 1909.
Sumo is one of the oldest sports in the world, dating back roughly 2,000 years to the mid-Yayoi period!
In ancient times, it was practiced as part

What to Expect

Overview:
Sumo, traditional Japanese wrestling, was established as Japan's national sport in 1909.
Sumo is one of the oldest sports in the world, dating back roughly 2,000 years to the mid-Yayoi period!
In ancient times, it was practiced as part of agricultural and Shinto rituals, so it still includes many traditional ceremonial elements to this day.
In this tour you will be able to observe sumo practice up close in a Tokyo Sumo stable. We will also visit the Sumo museum in Kokugikan.

Schedule:
Guide meets guests at hotel or west exit of Ryogoku JR Station in the early morning and takes them back to the hotel or a location requested by guests in the afternoon. During the tour, we will use public transportation.

The practice begins at 8:00 am and finishes at 11:00 am (practice may finish at 10:30 am depending on the stable's schedule).

We will need to sit on hardwood floor (with thin cushion) for about 2 to 3 hours, and must remain quiet to respect the wrestlers who are practicing.
Since Japanese people are rather sensitive to noise and manners, we will need to avoid chatting with each other, eating, or drinking during the practice.
Photos are allowed; but no flash.

Practices will be held from the end of May to June 25. There is a need to confirm the sumo stable's availability and make reservations in advance, so please let me know what dates you would like to plan a tour.
Practices will not be held in Tokyo from June 26 to July 31. (the 2016 July Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya will start from July 10th.) Practices of the stable's schedule in August are not fixed yet.

Costs:
The price of the tour includes tour guide's fee, her transportation, and hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Other costs, such as gratuity to the Sumo stable (3000 yen per person) and guest’s transportation fee (approximately 1,000 JPY, which will vary depending on location of the hotel) are not included.

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Highlights

  • Observe early morning Sumo practice
  • Visit the Sumo museum in Kokugikan

Important

The practice begins at 8:00 am and finishes at 11:00 am (practice may finish at 10:30 am depending on the stable's schedule).

We will need to sit on hardwood floor (with thin cushion) for about 2 to 3 hours, and must remain quiet to respect the wrestlers who are practicing.
Since Japanese people are rather sensitive to noise and manners, we will need to avoid chatting with each other, eating, or drinking during the practice.
Photos are allowed; but no flash.

we need to prepare a gratuity to the Sumo stable (3000 yen per person)

City Tokyo

Meeting Point At your hotel or JR Ryogoku station west exit

Ending Point At JR Ryogoku station west exit, your hotel, or place of your choice

Duration 4 hours

Starting time 07:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 5 people

What‘s included
  • The price of the tour includes tour guide's fee
  • her transportation
  • and hotel pick-up and drop-off.


What‘s not included
  • Other costs
  • such as gratuity to the Sumo stable (3000 yen per person) and guest’s transportation fee (approximately 1,000 JPY, which will vary depending on location of the hotel) are not included.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Kaoruko


National Certified Guide

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )
  • French ( License )

I grew up in Fukuoka and Tokyo. I went to Paris and studied French and have experience working for Tokyo offices of international companies in various industries. My spouse has a bicultural background (French and American), as do my two children (Japanese and American). When I was a little girl, I learned Japanese dance (Nihon buyou), tea ceremony (Sado), calligraphy (Shodo), and flower arrangement (Kado). My hobby now is to travel within Japan, to visit my daughter in San Francisco, and to revisit Paris.
I am looking forward to sharing my love of Japan and Japanese culture with you and helping you experience something special when you visit Japan.
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Reviews ( 2 )

Excellent
11 months ago |   by Matt

“ Insightful view into the world of Sumo! ”

Kaoruko was friendly and knowledgeable - and the Sumo tour we booked was awesome - really insightful and interesting! Thanks :)

Excellent
1 year ago |   by Tracey

Kaoruko is a wonderful and gracious tour guide. She made our Sumo Wrestling Practice tour a special cultural experience.

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