September Grand Sumo Tournament

8th Sep–22nd Sep, 2019
sumo in tokyo
Photo by Chris Lewis used under CC

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 ¥38,000 and arena seats which start from ¥3,800.

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. 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.

Pro tip: For tickets with an English-speaking guide and the option of a traditional chanko-nabe dinner, take a look at our partner site.

Dates: 8th Sep–22nd Sep, 2019
Venue: Ryogoku Kokugikan
Entry: ¥3,800 – ¥38,000
Tickets: View tickets
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Sep 19th (Thu)
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Sep 20th (Fri)
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Sep 21st (Sat)
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Sep 22nd (Sun)
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Access: 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)
Web: http://www.sumo.or.jp/En/
Area: Ryogoku
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