Sumo Tournament Experience in Nagoya 2024

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4 hours
Availability : From July July 14 (Sun), 2024 to July 28 (Sun), 2024
Min Age : 4+
Max People : 8
Your Experience at a Glance

Every year around mid-July Nagoya hosts the Grand Summer Sumo Tournament, called Nagoya Basho, one of the six major Sumo tournaments held in Japan.

Join a knowledgeable local guide in the arena and watch thrilling fights with insightful explanations about Sumo traditions, moves, and wrestlers.

The dates for this year’s Nagoya Grand Tournament are from July 14, 2024, to July 28, 2024.

Only the following tickets are still available:

– July 15th: 4 spots

– July 18th: 8 spots

– July 21st: 3 spots in Box seats (additional 7,500 yen per person required)

– July 23rd: 4 spots

– July 24th: 4 spots

Once the Grand Sumo Tournament starts, bookings may not be possible to accommodate.
Book now to secure your spot!!

Experience Price

27,995 yen/person
*Minimum 2 people per booking

Experience Type

Private Experience

Meeting Location

Nagoyajo Station (Google Maps) Exit 7 on the Subway Meijo Line.

End Location

Dolphins Arena (the Sumo venue) (Google Maps)

Start Time and Duration

14:00 – 18:00 (4 hours)

Languages Offered

English, Spanish

Language Proficiency

English: Business★★★☆☆
Spanish: Native ★★★★★
Japanese: Fluent ★★★★☆

Price Includes

  • English-speaking tour guide (Sumo expert)
  • Reserved chair seats A or S (it will depends on the tickets availability the day of the reservation) *For box seats or wheelchair seats please consult in advance
  • Sumo information and pamphlet
  • 1 Chanko Nabe stew bowl (small size)
  • Photos during the tour

Price Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up
  • Any additional food and drinks not provided by your guide
  • Transportation fees before, during and after the tour
  • Personal expenses

Additional Information

  • If you are 15 minutes late or more without getting in contact, your reservation(s) will be automatically canceled with 100% of charges applied
  • Bring a thin jacket because the air conditioner may be turned up high
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible. Please consult in advance
  • This tour is not stroller-friendly
What You'll Do

The Sumo Tournament Experience is a 4-hour experience at an official Basho (Sumo tournament). On this tour, not only will you learn about many ancient Japanese traditions that have been preserved in Sumo culture, (including ritual elements such as the use of salt purification) but also get to cheer on and greet the most famous Sumo wrestlers in Japan as they enter the stadium for their big match.

Once you are inside the stadium, you will head to your seats and learn about the fascinating history and culture of Sumo wrestling and about some of the most famous Sumo wrestlers throughout history and in Japan today. You’ll also have the chance to walk through the Sumo merchandising shops and get a souvenir to remember what will be a truly great experience. Try the energizing Sumo wrestler staple meal, Chanko Nabe stew.

And most exciting of all enjoy the intense matches as part of the roaring crowd and cheer on your favorite Sumo wrestlers along with the dedicated local fans and expert guide who will provide you with explanations throughout.

  • Discover the history of Sumo wrestling and the details of its art
  • Watch live Sumo matches and cheer on your favorite wrestler
  • Take a walk through the Sumo merchandising shops
  • Eat a Sumo wrestler's traditional meal, Chanko Nabe stew
Your Experience Step by Step

MeetingMeet at Nagoyajo Station exit 7 (Nagoya Castle exit)

Meet your host at exit 7 of the Nagoyajo subway station.
After a brief introduction of the host and the experience, you will head to the Dolphins Arena Stadium.

EnterEntrance to the Stadium

After passing the security check, you will enter the stadium and head to your seats. Once in your seat, your host will explain the history of Sumo and all the things you need to know to fully enjoy your day of Sumo.

WalkA Walk through the Stadium

To enhance your Sumo experience, you will take a stroll through the stadium, giving you a close-up view of the ring and a chance to appreciate the details of this ancient sport and its venue. You will visit the Sumo merchandising shops and look for your Sumo souvenir.

TastingA taste of the Sumo Wrestlers' Meal

After visiting the Sumo merchandising shops you will have the opportunity to try Chanko Nabe, a one-pot dish commonly eaten in vast quantities by Sumo wrestlers as part of their weight-gain diet.

WatchWatch the Matches

Time to go back to your seats to see a real-life Sumo tournament. Your host will introduce the main rules of Sumo and the most common Sumo techniques and explain a match in detail.

EndClosing up

Once the last match is finished it is time to leave the stadium. Your host will walk you back to Nagoyajo Station and/or give you directions to your hotel or any other place you want to visit next.

*Tickets will also be required for children under the age of 4 or older as they need their own seats.
*Children 3 years and under are free. However, they cannot occupy a seat.
*There is no special discount on children’s.

[Cancel Policy]
– 7+ days before the tour date: refund of tour fees minus tournament ticket price, minus 5% processing fees
– 3 to 6 days before the tour date: 50% refund of tour fees minus tournament ticket price
– 48 hours or less before the tour: no refund of tour fees

As the number of tickets available is limited, we reserve the right to offer you an alternative date if the date you request is unavailable. If we cannot accommodate your request, we will cancel your order and issue a full refund.

Where You'll Be
Meet Your Host

Elisabeth Llopis (Elly)

Immerse yourself in the heart of Japanese culture with me, I am, a Spanish entrepreneur living over 16 years in Japan. My extensive experience has made me not just a guide, but a cultural bridge, connecting travelers to the authentic spirit of Japan.

Sharing Japanese culture with other travelers is such a powerful experience that gives me the chance to bring them closer to the exciting world of the most traditional sport in Japan. I know how hard it is to understand some parts of the Japanese culture like Sumo I will be very happy to share with you all the secrets of this amazing art.

Join me, and together let’s explore the depth and beauty of Japan.

Your Experience in Pictures
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Eeva Files

Family Traveller

I decided to plan my own itinerary for a 16 day stay in Japan.
My sports mad husband’s only request was that I give him something to look forward to.
Random Google search led me to Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya that coincided with our dates.
We attended day 13 of the Tournament. It totally exceeded our expectation. John couldn’t mask his excitement. Pure Theatre.
Big shout out to our guide Eli from Nagoya is Not Boring. She went above and beyond. John ranks it as his stand out experience of our trip. I am not a big sports fan but it is in my top 3.

July 26, 2023

Sandra & Kei

Couple Traveller

The Sumo experience with Elly was AMAZING. I learned a lot, had fun and discovered amazing things from the japanese culture, I mean, can you ask for more?
Well, yes, because Elly was also kind, funny and even took amazing photos for us.
If you are in Nagoya just book a tour with them and thank me later.

July 15, 2023

David & Lauren

Couple Traveller

When my wife booked the Sumo Tournament Experience I was not sure what we were in for. I could not have been happier with the entire experience.

Elisabeth was outstanding! She is a knowledgeable guide and will give you a deep understanding of the full Sumo experience. The tour is a full experience, from discussing the history of Sumo, to how the wrestlers live, to experiencing the food they eat, as well as the tournament itself, you will be fully immersed in the world of Sumo.

I highly recommend it to anyone that is in Nagoya during the tournament that wants to fully understand all aspects of this ancient sport or is craving an authentic experience.

Thank you again Elisabeth for an outstanding Sumo Tournament Experience!

July 21, 2022

Kara Coco

Solo Traveller

Thank you so much for a fun and educational day! I had a great time and I learned a lot. Thank you for giving me a little more insight into my Japanese heritage. You were welcoming, knowledgeable and hospitable and made the whole sumo experience a breeze for a first timer like myself! I would definitely recommend this experience for others!

July 19, 2022

Miles, Carol & Sam

Family Traveller

We highly recommend this Sumo Tournament Experience. Having an experienced and passionate guide helped us to get the most out of it. Elisabeth is really knowledgeable about Sumo, and explained the history, the scoring, how the ring is built and the ceremonies, and she could answer all our questions. She also brought vegetarian food for my wife, although I recommend trying the chankonabe 🙂
Watching some of the earlier matches, and getting the explanations, helped us get the most out of the high level matches at the end of the day.
Thank you so much!

July 18, 2022

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