Of mythical origins, Sumo wrestling is part of Shinto rituals. Sumo wrestling started to democratize slowly from the 18th century, and became in 1925 the national sport of Japan, before opening up to international wrestlers in the 1990s.
Despite an organization as a professional sport, Sumo bouts are still closely linked to Shinto cult, and rikishi are still considered today as half-gods.
Their life in Sumo-beya (Sumo stalls) are shaped by rituals and ceremonies dutifully performed and preserved. Entering this world is a privilege.
Sumo are professional wrestlers, and their trainings for tournaments are not to become tourist attractions.
However our guides can accompany our customers to attend a sumo training in Tokyo but only from outside the Sumo stall and behind windows:
Sumo wrestlers train only during even months: February, April, June, August, October and December (and not necessarily the whole month).
There is no public training session during odd months, which are dedicated to national tournaments: January / May / September in Tokyo, March in Osaka, July in Nagoya and November in Fukuoka.
We recommend discussing the visit with your guide as soon as possible so they can provide detailed information.
Please note that Sumo wrestling is a sacred sport in Japan and as a consequence the visit, when possible, must be respectful.