Watch sumo wrestlers weighing over 100 kg (220 lb) train and practice as they prepare for sumo wrestling tournaments!
- Experience first-hand one of Japan's most traditional sports
- See close-up how real sumo wrestlers train and practice for tournaments
- Learn about the traditions and history of sumo wrestling
- Be guided to and from the sumo training practice
- Possible opportunity for photos with the wrestlers after the training
- A sumo stable is not a tourist facility. Sumo wrestlers practice very seriously every day, so please don't forget to show respect to the stable master and wrestlers.
- Please watch the practice quietly and do not move around in the stable Children under 12 years of age are not permitted. Sumo fans are expected to be as still as possible during the practice. Depending on the tour date and sumo beya, well-behaved children under 12 years of age may be permitted to participate in the tour so please inquire with us before booking.
- Please do not talk in the stable. Even your whispering voice may disturb the wrestlers.
- Please do not stand on the ring or on the sandy ground. The ring is the sacred place for the wrestlers.
- At the entrance of the stable, please take off your shoes before stepping onto the tatami floor.
- When you sit on the tatami floor, please cross your legs. Do not stretch your legs toward the ring as it is considered impolite to show the soles of feet to the wrestlers.
- Please take off your hat and sunglasses inside the stable.
- While inside the stable, you are not allowed to eat, drink, or smoke.
- Cameras: If you ask for permission first, you will usually be permitted to take photos during the practice, but please never use a flash, loud shutter sounds, or take videos during the practice.
- Please turn off your mobile phone.
- Once you start watching the practice, you are supposed to stay until the wrestlers finish their practice. So please try not to leave the stable during the practice.
- Please don't bring a big backpack or luggage with you since the sumo stable has limited space for the audience.
- If you have any visible tattoos, please cover them as much as possible. Tattoos are not widely accepted in Japanese society and particularly in traditional spaces such as the sumo stables.
For 2016 the preliminary schedule in Osaka is as follows:
- Children under the age of 12 and elderly people over the age of 60 will not be admitted inside the sumo stable. The sumo stable has the right to refuse access to guests who are unable to observe the house manners.
- During busy periods this may be a group tour (1~4 groups). For large bookings, your group may be separated into 2 different stables. It is very rare but in the case that the sumo wrestlers are unwell and other unforeseen circumstances, the practice and thus the tour might be shortened. There are no restrooms available at the sumo stable.
- Please reserve your booking if you are fine with these conditions.