Ryōgoku Kokugikan

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Ryōgoku Kokugikan information

Tokyo , Japan
Address
Street 1-3-28 Yokoami
Telephone
+81 3 3623 5111
Getting there
train Ryōgoku, exit A4
More information
www.sumo.or.jp
Opening hours
tournaments Jan, May & Sep
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Lonely Planet review

Travellers who visit Tokyo in January, May or September should not miss the opportunity to attend a Grand Tournament at Tokyo's Kokugikan. Ringside tickets cost ¥14,300, boxes cost between ¥9200 and ¥11,300 per person, and arena tickets will set you back between ¥2100 and ¥8200. Tickets can be purchased up to a month prior to the tournament, or you can simply turn up on the day (you'll have to arrive very early, say 6am, to snag seats during the last days of a tournament). If you need additional assistance booking tickets, particularly from abroad, check out www.buysumotickets.com; it charges a ¥1200 service fee per ticket purchased.

During the rest of the year, you can swing by the Kokugikan's small Sumō Museum , or visit one of the neighbourhood stables and watch the wrestlers practise.