Sumo stable visit

Sumo stable visit

Experience sumo wrestling up close and personal with a visit to a sumo stable in Tokyo to see a morning training session

Sumo is Japan's national sport and a national obsession. To become a wrestler requires years of strict training at a heya, or stable as it is known in English. This is where the wrestlers eat, sleep and train. There are 47 stables in Tokyo today and a wrestler will stay with the same stable throughout his career.

A fantastic way to learn more about the world of sumo is to watch the asageiko morning training session at one of the stables. InsideJapan can arrange an English speaking guide to accompany you, explaining all about the sport and the strict etiquette for spectators watching the wrestlers train so you'll avoid any faux pas! A highlight of the training session is the "king of the castle" wrestling session where the winner stays on.

Please note that this experience is subject to the sumo stables' schedules as the stables are not always open to the public or may close at short notice.

Sumo stable visit

located in Tokyo

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