Sumo is the Japanese traditional wrestling sport where wrestlers try to force each other out of a circular ring or to touch the ground with anything except the soles of the feet.
Sumo has been associated with Shinto (the ethnic religion of Japanese people) ritual. In Shinto, Sumo is regarded as the expression of the respect and appreciation to the God (”kami” in the context of Shinto) by wrestling among two healthy men blessed their power by the God. Some certain shrines in Japan still carry out forms of ritual dance and Sumo was an important ritual at the imperial court. Moreover, Japan is the only country where practices the national wrestling professionally and it is also practiced very commonly among the children at schools.
In this Sumo stable, you can watch the actual Sumo wrestlers’ morning practice.
【Address】2-47-2 Hamacho Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
【Map URL】GOOGLE MAP
1 min walk from the A2 exit of Hamacho station on the Toei Subway Shinjuku line.
10min walk from the A1 exit of Ningyocho station on the Toei Subway Asakusa line.
【E-mail】firstname.lastname@example.org (the response may take few days)
The reservation is not required, however we highly recommend you to check the availability of practice on the phone a day before you go; as the practice is opened depends on wrestlers’ condition.
【Reservation by Phone】03-3666-7646 (Japanese only)
【Group Reservation】not required
【Easy Sample Script for Inquiry on the Phone】
- You: Moshi-moshi (Hello)
- Arashio stable: Hai, Arashio-beya desu. (Yes, this is Arashio-beya)
- You: Ashita keiko arimasu-ka? (The morning practice will be taking place tomorrow?)
- Arashio stable: Hai, arimasu. (Yes, we will have practice) or Ieeye, arimasen. (No, we will NOT have our practice)
- You: Arigatou (Thank you) or Yukkuri onegai shimasu. (Please speak slowly)
- Arashio stable: Arigatou gozai-mashita. (Thank you very much)
Price and Plans
- Free of charge
How to Enjoy
It will surely be more enjoyable to watch Sumo practice by learning some Sumo technique in advance. Here is the list of Sumo technique with YouTube video (URL).
There is a commonone-pot meal for Sumo wrestlers after their practice, called Chanko-nabe (Sumo wrestlers’ stew). There is no fixed recipe and it is often contained whatever was available to cook, however usually it is made with tofu, fish or meat (chicken or beef) and some vegetables such as daikon, bok choy etc. You can try it from some restaurants around Ryogoku, where Ryougoku Sumo Hall is located.
Our Recommended Chanko-nabe Restaurant
【Name】Chanko Kawasaki ちゃんこ川崎
【Address】2-13-1 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 1300026
【Map URL】GOOGLE MAP
【Access】3 min walk from the West exit of Ryogoku station on the JR Sobu line.
【Open Hour】Monday – Friday: 17:00 – 22:00 (order closes at 21:00) Saturday: 17:00 – 21:30 (order closes at 20:30)
【Close】Sunday and public holidays
- Please be quiet while watching the practice.
- Please refrain from using flash.
- If you wish to use your pictures for commercial purpose, you must get permission from the Japan Sumo Association where controls every Sumo wrestler’s portrait right (Tel: 03-3623-5111).
- Do not eat, drink and chewing gums.
- Do not enter the Sumo stable building.
- As the street is very narrow, please stay close to the window and do not be spread to the street.