Jan 12
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Jan 26

January Grand Sumo Tournament

★ Staff recommendation
10:00am – 6:00pm
¥3,500 – ¥25,000

Held every January, this is the first of Japan’s six sumo tournaments, known as honbasho. With sumo rankings released a few weeks before, it’s a chance to see the traditional sport up close and personal. While the fights are broadcast on NHK, nothing beats the atmosphere of the tense final matches of the day, complete with cushion-throwing and cheers.

Tickets and seats

Seat Type Price from Notes Booking Options
Arena ¥3,500 Likely to sell out early Ticket Pia (currently unavailable)
2nd Floor (Class B) or 1st Floor ¥14,000 Some plans include an English-speaking tour guide JTB Sunrise Tours (currently unavailable), Viator, and Klook (currently unavailable)
2nd Floor (Class A) ¥23,000 Includes light snack JTB Sunrise Tours (currently unavailable)

Tickets can be purchased online in advance from December 7.

Seating is divided into box seating — tatami areas seating four people — which start at around ¥40,000 (for 4 people), and arena seats — which start from ¥3,500, but are more realistically in the ¥5,000¥10,000 range.

What time should I go?

Sumo matches take place throughout the day and you can leave to grab food and return when you like. Most of the excitement starts in the afternoon around 2 p.m. and the busiest days are as you may expect — weekends and towards to end of the tournament.

Not here during a tournament? Fear not—here’s how to see sumo in Tokyo throughout the year.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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