Morning Sumo Practice & Chanko Lunch_979801

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Morning Sumo Practice & Chanko Lunch

Duration
time-raw3.5 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Starting point
Oshiage Station
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Watch morning sumo practice

What to expect?

Sumo, the time-honored traditional Japanese martial art with 1500 years of history has become quite popular internationally. Many foreign-born professional sumo wrestlers have won championship at Grand Sumo Tournaments.

Right after getting together, the guide will explain the origin, history, rules, fun, etc. of sumo. Then, we will walk under Tokyo Sky Tree, the
world's tallest self-standing broadcasting tower. You will be overwhelmed by this massive and gigantic structure inspired by the image of a Japanese sword.

Now, we will stroll to a sumo stable to watch an early morning practice of sumo wrestlers. This stable was initiated and run by a former sumo wrestler from Bulgaria who won a championship at a Grand Sumo Tournament. Sumo wrestlers are working extremely hard to become stronger because the rank of the Grand Sumo Tournament directly affects their income. They know they can make it into a big time only through practice. The morning practice starts before 7:00 a.m. with stretching, warming-up, and a routine of basic sumo movements. We usually get into the stable around 8:00 a.m. when they start practice matches. You will be overwhelmed by the sounds as you watch dirty and sweaty serious-looking wrestlers hit their bodies head-on again and again. By this time, you will realize a huge mass of muscles constitute their bodies. When they stretch to cool down, you are now suprised to see how supple they are, which may be counterintuitive given their gigantic bodies.

We may have a chance to take photos with them around 10:00 after the practice. Then, they finally can have their first meal of the day, "chanko" the healthy nutritious hot pot dish of sumo wrestlers.

After watching breathtaking practice at the stable, we leave for a chanko restaurant for lunch. This is a Japanese stew commonly eaten in vast quantity by sumo wrestlers as part of a weight-gain diet. However, chanko is now not only for sumo wrestlers but loved by many outside the ring. Over lunch, the guide will further elaborate on sumo.

What is included?

  • Admission fees and some donations to the stable
    • If you are lucky, there is a photo shooting session with sumo wrestlers.
    • Lunch in the restaurant
    • Guiding in English by a local certified expert guide
    • Gratuities (guides would not accept them)

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable shoes for moderate walking

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
    • Cancellation Policy: Fee of 100% if cancelled 7 days before event or less.
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