City of Sumo: Kokugikan
Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall is a facility in Sumida-ku, Tokyo, where major sumo tournaments are held. Of the six professional Grand Sumo Tournaments held every year, Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall stages three—in January, May, and September.
Upon arriving at the Kokugikan Hall on the day of the match, the fun starts at the entrance, where oyakata stable masters, who were once rikishi themselves, tear your ticket in half and give you the stub. This is the perfect chance to meet some of the most famous sumo wrestlers. The tournament itself kicks off at 8:30 in the morning with bouts between the youngest rikishi, in the following order: jonokuchi, or the lowest-ranking division, jonidan, sandan, and makushita. The tournament lasts until 6 pm, so you can enjoy watching the sport all day long.
If you want to feel the dynamic bang of the rikishi up close, a masu-seki box seat close to the ringside is the best choice. Masu-seki is a traditional Japanese seat where 4 people can seat. Reservation is required for masu-seki seats; you can reserve the seats one month in advance via telephone or Internet.
When sumo tournaments are not held, the facility hosts boxing and other sporting events. In addition, special events such as charity sumo tournaments and professional sumo tournaments are held.
On the days when there are no events, tourists can enter the facility for free.
On the first floor, there is a Sumo Museum, which has free entry and visitors can view various artifacts associated with sumo, such as color prints, lists of wrestler rankings, and ornamental aprons worn by the wrestlers; it also hosts various themed exhibitions. Opening hours are from 10:00 to 16:30; last entrance is at 16:00. On the days of tournament, you will have to show a ticket to enter the museum. The museum is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and the New Year's holidays.
Train: The closest station is Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line. You can also use the Oedo Line to get there.
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Description: Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall
|Sights||Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall (両国国技館)|
1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 03-3623-5111|
|Closed dates||Specific dates|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|