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Challenge Sumo Wrestlers and Enjoy a Chanko Lunch

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Sumida City, Japan
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Eat, train, and fight like a real Japanese sumo wrestler during this sumo demonstration and authentic ‘Chanko Nabe’ (hotpot) meal. Discover the history, training, and rules behind the typical sumo match as you watch real clashes. You can even try it yourself during a skirmish with a retired wrestler. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dig into a tasty Chanko Nabe, a filling meal of hotpot, rice, miso, salad, French fries and more, used by these hulking fighters to gain weight. Admission to the demonstration and meals are both covered.
  • Challenge retired sumo wrestlers and eat a meal of 'Chanko Nabe' (hotpot)
  • Learn the history, rules and training rituals of sumo wrestlers as you observe real matches
  • Battle a hulking, retired, sumo wrestler as you enter the ring yourself (if you dare)
  • Fill up on tasty Chanko Nabe, rice, miso, salad and more during an included lunch
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Meet and learn from the retired sumo wrestler
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Genghis Khan Yukidaruma Ryogoku , Japan, 〒130-0026 Tokyo, Sumida City, Ryōgoku, 3-chōme−24−1 尾崎ビル 3階

===Experience on Tuesday and Friday=== Address: 3-24-2 Ryogoku, Sumida City, Tokyo Station/Exit: JR Ryogoku Station/East Exit (3 min. walk). Follow the small street between Tickety/Slot. Walk for 3 minutes and you'll see a sign for GANESH. Red sign is the location. Take the stairs to the 3rd floor

12:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Bringing your own food or drink is acceptable
  • The room is floored with tatami mats. (If you need chairs, let us know when you book.)
  • Infant meals not included
  • You must follow our staff. You must act with good judgement and consideration, both for yourself and others. If you made any trouble, you would be required to leave the hall. (No refunds)
  • Optional Sky tree ticket covers highest observatory (additional cost).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Beauty of Japan
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Challenge Sumo Wrestlers and Enjoy a Chanko Lunch ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Challenge Sumo Wrestlers and Enjoy a Chanko Lunch ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Challenge Sumo Wrestlers and Enjoy a Chanko Lunch ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Challenge Sumo Wrestlers and Enjoy a Chanko Lunch ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "I highly recommend you take a few hours out of your day for this one!" See review
  • "Make the time for it and you will love it!" See review
  • "I got a severe rug burn on the ball of my foot, but it was worth it." See review

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, Feb 2020
Learned lots of informations about sumo. Very entertaining too. Highly recommend to everyone when you visiting Japan!
Fun and informative.
, Jan 2020
Shima & Jambo made this whole experience a delight with their fun & interactive demonstration of the history & training/lifestyle of a Sumo wrestler. The lady who described and translated everything into English for us was very good at getting the information across. Recommended. I would go again.
So fun!!
, Dec 2019
This was SUCH a great experience. I went on a Monday and the wrestlers were amazing. They were so thorough in their instructions, explanations, and answers. It was also so fun and I was laughing the whole time! They make it so entertaining. One of the most memorable aspects of my trip. The Chanko soup was good and the bento box was decent. Love the whole experience.
Great time!
, Nov 2019
Very enjoyable! The impressive wrestlers were patient and entertaining. Helpful staff and great tasting food.
Fun and informative!
, Nov 2019
This was one of our favorite activities in Tokyo. It was a great opportunity to see a sumo demonstration close up and to learn a lot about sumo. The hostess did a wonderful job clearly conveying all of the information. It was amazing to see how strong and agile the sumo wrestlers were. The audience participation was incredibly fun- both to watch and take part in. Everyone had a great time and the provided lunch was excellent. A wonderful and unique afternoon that we enjoyed very much.
Awesome experience.
, Nov 2019
This was the highlight of our time in Tokyo. Temples and food were great in the city, but this we got to learn about a part of the culture we couldn't learn about on our own. The retired sumo wrestlers taught us about the rules and what it's like to be a professional wrestler. Then we got to try on the sumo suits and wrestle :) it was so much fun I never stopped laughing!
Meet a sumo wrestler
, Nov 2019
Great fun and very informative. Really good value for money. My wife and I loved it and the Chanko lunch was good.
An Fantastic Experience - Highy Recommended
, Oct 2019
If you want an insight into the world of Sumo then this is the tour for you. The 2 Sumo were retired professionals and are very willing to share their knowledge and answer any questions that you may have. Outgoing and friendly, they put you at ease, and you can "have a go" at sumo with one of them. Thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend this.
Fantastic experience!
Diana D
, Oct 2019
This was my favorite experience of my entire trip! The sumo wrestlers were incredibly entertaining and personable, and I learned a lot about the sport. The way the time was divided was terrific and lunch was delicious. I highly recommend you take a few hours out of your day for this one!!
Brilliant attraction
, Oct 2019
Despite the late start, the attraction was nothing less than amazing. The two sumo wrestling were the nicest guys someone could ask for in an event like that - they were funny, polite, available for several pictures and answered everyone's question. Well, every staff there were pretty nice but defo the sympathy of the sumo wrestlings was a highlight. Ah! And we could eat and drink a refreshing tea as much as we could. Fantastic!
Sumo Wrestlers Lunch
, Oct 2019
Fantastic! Highly recommend this lunch. It was so entertaining! The Sumo demonstration was amazing and very realistic! The Sumos were funny and loved the crowd. The food was fantastic and more than enough! Cannot recommend this lunch highly enough! Thank you to the owners and staff of the venue and Beauty of Japan!
great experience
, Sep 2019
the sumo fighters were the nicest and funniest people. they showed us a serious demonstration, answered all our questions, ate with us and also allowed us to have a to at a sumo fight against them. worthy to note that some of the money goes towards a worth cause.
So much fun!
Asha S
, Aug 2019
The wrestlers were so lovely and made the whole experience very enjoyable. It's nothing serious and for first timers, like me, it's just of the right intensity. The food wasn't great though. But we didn't go there for the food. So I'm happy. Everybody who left the activity looked very visibly happy too.
Sumuch fun!
, Jul 2019
Loved this experience. Thought it was going to be cheesy and touristy- well maybe it was, but it was really entertaining and such a fun experience. Lunch was decent and the best part was having the sumo wrestlers actually serve us after all the matches. You can participate if you want to or just sit back and watch. They pose for photos with you and the interrupter will answer any questions you have.
Sumo Lunch and Demonstration
, Jun 2019
We had a fun time at the Sumo Lunch and Demonstration tour. The staff at the restaurant were welcoming and very helpful. The Sumo wrestlers were funny and posed for pictures with everyone in the audience. If you have children they would really enjoy this and would have an opportunity to wrestle with one of the Sumo wrestlers.
Fantastic fun!
James R
, May 2019
As a 2 year sumo fanatic and SHW bencher, it was so much fun to go belly to belly with these jolly showmen. I got a severe rug burn on the ball of my foot, but it was worth it. They did a great job entertaining us.
Fun experience
Megana V
, Jan 2019
They gave a brief but good background description of sumo, from origin to present. The ex-sumo wrestlers put up an entertaining show that was both educational and fun. They allowed whoever who wanted to, to try their hand at wrestling them while wearing a fun fat suit. They also gave us time to ask questions at the end, although we did run out of time at the end. The only thing that was meh was the food, although since it was my first time eating chanko, I can't tell whether it was supposed to be bland or it just didn't suit my taste.
Sumo Experience - brilliant!
, Dec 2018
We wanted to see Sumo during our trip to Japan but were not sufficiently into the sport to want to sit through a serious competition. This experience was ideal. We were given a demonstration by two retired sumo wrestlers who showed us training exercises, winning moves, foul moves and then had three serious bouts. There was an exceptionally enthusiastic and well-informed compère who explained everything as we went along. In addition, the venue ran video of competitive matches to give us a feel for the real thing. There was lots of information about the history of sumo and the structure of the sport. Then came the sumo challenge, where members of the audience could put on a ‘fat suit’ and have a light hearted wrestle with the sumo of his/her choice - great fun for kids and adults alike. After the demonstrations we sat down to an ample meal of the sort that a sumo would eat when in training and it was delicious as well as filling. After the meal, one of the sumo came back for a Q&A session, facilitated by our cheerful compère. The whole event was a tremendous success and just the right mix of entertainment and education that we were hoping for. I would strongly recommend this for anyone with even the slightest interest in sumo, looking for a fun introduction to the sport. The organisation and presentation were excellent and of high quality.
Absolutely Fantastic!!
, Oct 2018
A great experience!! The Sumo wrestlers and their emcee were very engaging and enjoyable to watch. The wrestlers made the lunch and it was one of the best meals we had during our visit to Japan. We cannot say enough great things about this! Make the time for it and you will love it!!
Great lunch and funny Sumos!
Joshua M
, Sep 2018
This was one of the highlights of our trip and way better than we expected. The sumos were hilarious while they shared their culture with us. They genuinely seemed happy to be there and made sure to keep us laughing. Food was good and they even gave us a second helping of soup if we wanted it. there was plenty of time for photos and questions with the sumo's. They were both former professionals so it was really cool to see them in person.

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