Held every September, this is the penultimate 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.
Seating is divided into box seating – tatami areas seating four people which start at ¥40,000 and arena seats which start from ¥3,500. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, with some released on the day – for these you have to be there very early, but it’s good for last-minute plans.
Advance tickets go on sale from August 5.
How it works
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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- 158 m from Ryōgoku Station Oedo Line (E12)Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB19)
- 0.7 km from Kuramae Station Asakusa Line (A17)Oedo Line (E11)
- 0.9 km from Asakusabashi Station Asakusa Line (A16)Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB20)