Learn about the history of sumo and the lives of the wrestlers.
Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall holds three sumo wrestling tournaments a year, and also holds all the sumo executive meetings.You will find a number of "sumo stables" in this area; organizations of rikishi (sumo wrestlers) where they train and live. There are locations scattered all over Ryogoku where you can learn about the hisory of sumo and peek into the lives of the rikishi. See how the whole town supports the wolrd of sumo, through visiting a shrine where sumo matches used to be held, shops that sell daily commodities for the rikishi, and eat their soul food; chankonabe hotpot. If you are lucky enough, you might even meet an actual rikishi!
・Immerse yourself in the sumo culture, visiting king-size clothing stores, shopping for sumo souvenirs and eating the soul food of the rikishi.
・Visit a sumo stable, where, with a bit of luck, you might meet a real, professional rikishi!
・Ryogoku Edo Noren: A real arena in the center of a building with restaurants and shops. There are events held here, maybe you will be lucky to see sumo wrestlers.
・Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall: The well known, sacred site of sumo wrestlers. Three seasons of sumo wrestling take place here each year. Outside of the sumo season you can enter and take a tour of the hall, and buy sumo goods!
・Hakkaku Stable: "Sumo room,"the area where the sumo practice and live. Why not take a look of it from the outside?
・Nomino Sukune Jinja Shrine: This is a must-visit spot when touring sumo spots. This is a shrine very important to sumo wresters and it considered to be the origin of sumo wrestling.
・Okadaya Hakimonoten Shop: A store that cells large clogs and sandals for sumo wrestlers. Don't be too surprised by the size of the sumo sandals!
・King Size, Lion-Do Supply Store: Large size clothes for sumo wresters are sold here.
・Ryogoku Takahashi: A variety of sumo wrestling goods used by the sumo are sold here. Find products that can only be found here!
・Eko-in Temple: A home used for sumos in the Edo-period. It should be known as the place of national sport origination.
・Ami Ryogoku Sohonten: A shop to taste the sumo soul food, chanko nabe!
・Edo Tokyo Museum: One of Japan's most prominent museums, you will be taken back to the streets of the Edo period. Experience the Edo period that Hokusai did. You can even experience the life a merchant in the experience center!
・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
Outside the West Exit Ticket Gate at the JR line, Ryogoku Station