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
・Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall
・Nomino Sukune Jinja Shrine
・Okadaya Hakimonoten Shop
・King Size, Lion-Do Supply Store
Ami Ryogoku Sohonten
・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