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September Grand Sumo Tournament

★ Staff recommendation
¥3,500 – ¥40,000

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.


Seat Type Price from Notes Booking Options
Arena ¥3,500 Likely to sell out early Ticket Pia (available from August 10)
2nd Floor (Class B) ¥14,000 Includes Guide Headout (limited availability), Viator (available now), and Klook (available now)
2nd Floor (with chanko dinner option) ¥28,000 Includes Guide Klook (available now)

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.

You can also reserve 2nd floor B-class seats accompanied by an expert guide with Headout (limited availability), Viator (available now), and Klook (available now).

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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