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"Sumo in Tokyo" Kokugikan (National Sumo Stadium) Tip by CliffClaven


The Kokugikan is Tokyo's purpose-built sumo stadium on the bank of the Sumida river. Three basho (contests) are held here each year, and Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka each host one contest. The 15-day tournament for the Emperor's Cup becomes increasingly tense as the top-ranked wrestlers - the yokozuna - vie for victory. Each wrestler fights once each day, striving to achieve the 15-0 record that will secure the cup. In high-priced Japan, it's something of a surprise to find that tickets for the basho can be bought for only a few hundred yen.

Address: 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
Directions: JR / Toei Subway RYOGOKU
Phone: +81 3 3623 5111

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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