Sumo Training Session

Sumo Training Session

from 120.00

$120 per person
Minimum 2 participants; solo guests may book at the price of 2 participants

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

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Observe an authentic morning sumo training session

Details

  • Location: Sumida, Tokyo

  • 1 hour

  • 10 people max. Minimum 2 participants, solo guests may book at the price of 2 participants

  • Offered in Japanese, with friendly Deeper Japan guide interpreting in English
    (French/German/Spanish interpretation may be available upon request)

Legendary power

Sumo is emblematic of Japan-- much like Mt. Fuji, sushi and anime-- signaling the intriguing uniqueness of Japanese culture. In this form of wrestling, massive men in mawashi belts, strive to push their opponents out of the ring, to force each other to lose their balance, or to touch the ground with any body part other than their feet. Despite the intense physicality of this sport, sumo has an integral spiritual history where it began as a Shinto ritual: in the conducting of a sumo match, people would pray for rich harvests and thanked the gods for blessings. This Shinto influence is still evident in the rituals, etiquette and clothing of sumo. In the Edo period, sumo became a spectator sport and much of sumo’s rituals and practices have remained unchanged from this time. Since then, sumo wrestlers have maintained a highly regimented way of life, dictated by the Sumo Association. This opportunity to get a first-hand look at the daily life of sumo wrestlers will open your eyes to this fascinating martial sport and Japan’s traditional culture.

What you’ll do

Observe the sumo wrestlers as they stretch and wrestle in rounds during their fascinating training session. You might even get a chance at the end to take a photo with a wrestler or two!

Who can attend

Children must be 11+

Availability

Session 1 (9:00-10:00)
Tokyo: December-February, April-June, August-October
Osaka: March

What else you should know

  • Please note that if you need to leave the room for any reason, you will not be able to re-enter. If you must leave the room, please do so only between matches or when the floor is being swept, and in a quiet manner so as not to disturb the wrestlers.

  • Eating and drinking (including chewing gum) is not allowed.

  • Cell-phones must be set to silent mode. When you take photos, please do so from your seat, without flash and shutter sounds.  

  • Please do not wear sunglasses or hats.

  • Taking videos are not allowed and any uploading of videos onto the internet will be strictly prohibited.

  • Please refrain from any behavior (talking, noises, movement)  that may disturb the wrestler’s focus during training.

Access

25 minutes from Tokyo Station.

Cancellation Policy

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance. Please contact us at info@deeperjapan.com to ask about the dates you are interested in. Please note that the sumo training session is only determined one month in advance and as such, reservations cannot be confirmed until one month in advance. See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.

 

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Customer Reviews

We had such an amazing time at sumo and even I, someone who doesn’t like sport, really loved it! Jeweliann was super knowledgeable and a really great guide.
— M.G, Australia, March 2019