May Grand Sumo Tournament

¥3,800 – ¥40,000

Held every May, this is the third of Japan’s six annual 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.

Tours & tickets

Seat Type Price from Notes Booking Options
Arena ¥3,500 likely to sell out early Ticket Pia
2nd Floor (Class B) ¥13,000 Includes Guide Viator, Klook and JTB Sunrise Tours

If you don’t know your Yokozuna from your Ozeki, then you may want to bring a guide with you to find out what exactly you’re watching.

This ticket set gets you second-floor arena seats and includes a talk from a licensed English guide before the matches. If you’d like to get closer to the action, you can also reserve ground-floor box seats.

You can also reserve 2nd floor B-class seats accompanied by an expert guide with Viator (lowest price guarentee), Klook (also lowest price guarentee), and JTB Sunrise Tours.

Notes on seating and matches

Seating is divided into box seating – tatami areas seating four people which start at around ¥38,000 and arena seats which start from ¥3,800.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance, with some released at the venue on the day — for these you have to be there very early, but it’s good for last-minute plans. Sumo matches take place throughout the day and you can leave to grab food and return when you like. The busiest times 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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