Sumo Training

One of the favorite things I like to do when friends to Japan for the first time is try to get into a Sumo training session.  So, when a friend of mine from the States came into Tokyo earlier this year for visit, I knew exactly what to do.  The problem is that getting into one is hit or miss.  You can’t make a reservation.  It’s not part of any tour.  It’s not in any guidebooks (that I know of).

You can call ahead to see if they are going to be around but there is a chance they won’t let you in when you arrive.  The only way to find out is to show up.  You need to speak Japanese or have someone with you that can.  You also need to bring a gift (some sweets are usually best) as a token of appreciation for letting you watch them practice.

If you do get in then you are in store for an very unique experience.  Enjoy the video slide show of our recent visit.

Check out more pictures here

http://www.busscher.us/holiday/sumo_training/

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One Response to “Sumo Training”

  1. Sean says:

    That was an awesome experience! Thanks for going out of your way to set that up for me! Thanks again for the whole weekend, your whirlwind tour of Tokyo was an experience I’ll never forget.

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