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Watch Morning Practice at a Sumo Stable in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

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icon2 days 12 hours to 7 days 12 hours  (Approx.)
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Visit a sumo training center in Tokyo to observe the morning practice. Spend approximately two hours watching the sumo wrestlers train and observe the rules and regulations of sumo. It’s a rare chance for visitors to glimpse this exclusive world, and a fascinating window into a Japanese tradition.
  • 2-hour tour to a sumo wrestling stable in Tokyo
  • Watch sumo wrestlers practicing their technique at a sumo stable
  • Gain access to a part of Japanese tradition that not many visitors see
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What is the maximum group size during Watch Morning Practice at a Sumo Stable in Tokyo?
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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  • "My husband and I requested seats as 2-2.5 hours sitting on the floor is unfortunately not for us - so do request it if you cannot sit for that long on the floor." See review
  • "Seating is on traditional cushions and tatami mats and can be a little hard after an hour or so, but the opportunity to see into this usually closed world is well worth the discomfort." See review
  • "Highly recommended, if you are able to sit quietly for around two and a half hours." See review


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A great cultural experience
Gordon M
, Nov 2019
Ultimately a very enjoyable cultural experience, with no tournaments happening the practice was the next best thing. Interesting to see warm up routines and practice bouts at very close range and worth getting up early for. However, the booking experience was varied as despite booking over a month ahead, getting confirmation of availability and taking our money the operator informed us a couple of days before that there were no longer any places and they were cancelling our tour. However, following some firm emails our places were "restored" and everything was fine. Viator need to get this sorted with the provider as I have noted some other comments were people had similar experiences.
Privileged to watch
, Oct 2019
You have to sit very still and quiet, it was a privilege to watch the wrestlers train, they put so much work into their session.
, Oct 2019
I absolutely enjoyed the morning practice. It was fascinating to get a glimpse into this sport and culture. I would advise on reading up a bit beforehand if you’re new to the sport as not much is being said while training is on. We had an opportunity for photos afterwards, which was great.
Lacks information
, Oct 2019
It is interesting to see the training and hard work of the wrestlers but it would be much better if they had someone to explain what was going on and why!
Early morning training visit
Neil C
, Oct 2019
Easy to arrange.. good instructions of where to meet and how to get there. Once arrived very easy to view and see these great sumo wrestlers in training for 90 minutes and good photo opportunities. Expensive but well worth it and a must do. Enjoy it while you are there.
Sumo practice is brilliant!
Chris L
, Oct 2019
Highly recommend doing this if you can't see an actual tournament. It gives you a great insight into the training regime and the ethos. You have to be totally silent throughout the practice, so you are reliant on the tour guide passing around notes to explain what is going on. It lasted c. 90 minutes and I loved it!
WOW! Something original!
, Aug 2019
I like it a lot! It's something you can see only in Japan. When I was there there were no competitions (they run only in certain period during the year) so We assisted to the training. I think this is good because you can feel the fatigue the fighters do in this sport! Be prepared to be in a very "basic" environment, they are very nice at the end you can also take a picture with these big fighters! It's an experience that I would recommend!
Sumo Practice
, Aug 2019
Sumo morning practice was good fun -a worthwhile experience and would recommend it to any body visiting Tokyo
Real experience
, Aug 2019
Refreshing to be a fly on the wall to a training where the event is not catered for tourists. The wrestlers are going through their routines, sparring and then doing head-knocking, body slamming marches. Learned so much from people who said so little. Read background to get the most out it before you arrive because there’s no briefing before or after the training.
Great fun watching the wrestlers
, Jun 2019
We really enjoyed the peek into the world of Sumo. Wow. Very entertaining and interesting. I recommend doing this.

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