Sumo is a Japanese style wrestling in an elevated ring. Originally performed in Japanese ancient rituals and festivals, it is now Japan’s national sports. At the same time, it is also considered as form martial arts.
Sumo Official Tournament (honbasho) is held regularly as follows.
Every year, during the first or second week of January, March, July, September, and November for 15 days.
How to Purchase the Tickets
There are four venues, which have different types of tickets. Generally, you can check the event schedule from Japan Sumo Association Homepage (http://www.sumo.or.jp/en/index). The ticket purchase method is also explained in the ‘Ticket Information’ Tab. In addition, you can change the displayed language by clicking on the icon in the top right. Advance ticket starts selling one month before the Grand Tournament. You can choose your seat according the ticket types. After that you can made reservation by phone or internet from Ticket Sale Website. The ticket sales websites is also introduced in the link above (Japan Sumo Association Homepage).
・Ticket sales website:
Ticket Osumo http://sumo.pia.jp/ (can change display language by clicking on the top right tab). Moreover, there is also prior lottery. First register for prior lottery at Tickt Osumo http://sumo.pia.jp/ and then apply at Japan Sumo Association Homepage (http://www.sumo.or.jp/en/index). Moreover, on the day ticket is sold at the venue.
About the seats
There are three main seat types: Ringside seats, Box seats, and Balcony seats.
Ringside seats: Located closest to the ring. Ticket holders sit on cushions on the floor and watch the match. Drinking, eating, and taking photos are not allowed.
Box seats: One box seat (4 person capacity) is a seat lined with four cushion in enclosed with an iron pipe to 1.3m square. Eating, drinking, taking photos are allowed.
Balcony seats: Prices differ according to the seat types. Eating, drinking, taking photos are allowed.
Ryogoku Kokugikan (held during January, May, and September)
[JR Sobu Line All Stop Train] Get off at Ryogoku Station West Exit (Walk 2 Min)
[Toei Oedo Line] Toei Ryogoku Station A3 Exit (Walk 5 Min)
From Tokyo Station
JR Keihin Tohoku Line Omiya Line → transfer at Akihabara → JR Sobu Line Tsudanuma Line → JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station
From Shinjuku Station
- JR Chuo Line Tokyo row → transfer at Ochanomizu → JR Sobu Line Tsudanuma Line → JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (held in March)
Get off at JR · Nankai Namba Station and walk 2 minutes
Get off at Subway Namba Station
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium (held in July)
Nearest station: Shiyakusho (City Hall) Station (Nagoya Municipal Subway Meijo Line) Exit No. 7 (walk 5 min.)
From Nagoya Station
Subway Sakuradori Line (Bound for Tokushige) → transfer to Meijo Line at at Hisaya Odori Station (Bound for Ozone) → Get off at Shiyakusho (City Hall) Station Exit No. 7 (walk 5-min)
Subway Higashiyama Line (Bound for Tokushige) → transfer to Meijo Line at Sakae Station (Bound for Ozone) → Get off at Shiyakusho (City Hall) Station Exit No. 7 (walk 5-min)
Fukuoka Kokusai Center (held in November)
From JR Hakata Station
JR Hakata Station Hakata Exit →Hakata Station Center Building-mae Bus Stop E, Bus No. 99 bound for Hakata Pier → Kokusai Center Sunpalace-mae
For more access information, please refer to Fukuoka Convention Center Homepage (http://www.marinemesse.or.jp/eng/)
How to Enjoy Sumo
To enjoy Professional Sumo, we recommend you to take the Box Seat. In the Box Seat, you can see, hear, and witness every gestures of the sumo wrestler at a proximate distance.
Moreover, you can also as enjoy the sumo wrestler’s unique bento (lunch box). The Bento can be purchase inside the hall. In addition, Chanko Nabe (Sumo wrestlers’ one-pot dish) is also sold at Kokugikan. Foods made by wrestlers are generally called ‘chanko’ and Chanko Nabe is one of the most well-known one. Yakitori (skewered chicken) is also sold, so please buy food before the game starts. Popular bentos are usually sold out fast, so please buy as fast as possible.
Upon the admission, you will receive the match timetable. Usually, there is a match of junior-ranked wrestlers in the morning, so you can walk around and enjoy the shops and atmosphere at this time. From the afternoon, you can enjoy the match of higher ranking sumo wrestlers.
Goods and Souvenirs
There are lots of shops inside the hall. The goods sold are different from shop to shop so it is better to look around at many shops. There are also cute goods of Sumo Association’s official promotional characters like Hiyonoyama. At Kokugikan, there are also purikura (Japanese photo sticker machine), which you can choose the frame of the sumo wrestlers you like.
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