Get a deep cultural insight into Japan's national sport with a guided visit to watch real sumo wrestlers complete their morning training
Get a close up look at the sumo wrestlers' morning fight practice
Observe the physical practice and cultural traditions of sumo for around 2 hours
Your informative tour guide will ensure that you gain an in depth knowledge of everything to do with this historic Japanese sport
It's a fair statement to say that sumo wrestling must be one of the world's most unique national sports. Sumo originated in Japan as early as the 1600s and Japan remains the only country where this heavyweight sport is practiced professionally. Fighters live in communal 'stables' where every aspect of their daily lives is dictated by strict tradition. These traditions, etiquette and customs are not taken lightly. Many sumo stables are not open to foreign visitors and for those that are, even spectactors are expected to adhere to certain rules. Luckily this tour includes a local guide who will pick you up from your hotel and thoroughly prep you on everything you need to know before watching the sumos in their morning training rituals. It's a unique Japanese experience and far more than just a fight, as you'll soon find out...
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so awesome! this was an experience not to miss! it was fascinating to see the wrestlers train and to get a better understanding of their training and lifestyle. *note if you have back problems, I don't recommend this activity! you have to sit on the floor for up to 3 hours and you can't stretch your legs out in front of you, so it gets a bit uncomfortable. but otherwise, this is worth every penny!
Great experience to visit the sumo wrestlers in person. Trip was very organised and the tour guide was friendly and helpful.