With this Sumo training tour discover the Japanese form of wrestling with deep origins in legend and history.
Sumo (相撲) dates back over 1,500 years. Ancient wall paintings suggest sumo was performed in prehistoric times as part of agricultural rituals for the kami (gods) to determine the success of farmers’ crops.
Also several stories exist of sumo matches being held in the seventh and eighth centuries as part of Imperial court ceremonies.
In 1909, sumo was established as the national sport of Japan and the first permanent sumo hall was built in the Ryogoku area, with now Kokugikan, the fourth built in Tokyo, which has been in use since 1985.
Today sumo is a widely popular form of professional entertainment.
Join us to visit a sumo stable or beya, where rishiki (sumo wrestlers) live, eat, sleep and train throughout their career.
Then enjoy Chanko-nabe, a rich and filling stew with vegetables, tofu, cabbage and bean sprouts mixed with seafood, chicken, pork or beef, and seasonings commonly eaten in vast quantity by rishiki.