Unpick the intrigue behind Japan's national sport as you visit one of Tokyo's sumo stables. Learn about the wrestlers' strict and traditional lifestyle, etiquette and watch them train for grand tournaments
History & culture | Unique & unusual
Japan’s national sport is something of an obsession for its practitioners. Each wrestler will live in one heya – stable in English – for the duration of their career where they’ll follow a rigorous regime that governs everything from eating to sleeping. Rooted in custom, wrestlers even wear traditional clothing outside the ring. And, you can get a chance to glimpse this fascinating lifestyle with a trip to one of Tokyo’s 47 stables to watch an asageiko morning training session. An English speaking private guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you on public transport to the stable. They’ll be able to educate you on the strict etiquette governing spectators and give you an insight into this 500-year-old sport. Watch as giant bodies move with impossible grace.
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Experience the best Japan has to offer on this 16-day tour, meandering through the modern hi-tech, natural beauty, and the ancient and traditional. Start your tour off in one of the most modern, efficient and largest cities in the world - Tokyo.
Step out of Japan's capital and explore an alpine world of shrines and samurai frozen in time. Board the mighty bullet train, sleep in timber ryokan inns, stay in hot onsen springs and more on this tailor-made journey.
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On-the-day excursion from £125
Low/High Season: From £125 pp
Includes: public transport transfers, private English speaking guide & stable entrance
Operates: year round but not available in weeks around a grand tournament
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