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Mar 23

Osaka March Grand Sumo Tournament

★ Staff recommendation
¥3,800 – ¥38,000

Held every March, this is the second of Japan’s six annual Sumo Tournaments, known as honbasho. With sumo rankings released a few weeks before, it’s a chance to see the traditional sport up close and personal. While the fights are broadcast on NHK, nothing beats the atmosphere of the tense final matches of the day, complete with cushion-throwing and cheers.


Seat Type Price from Notes Booking Options
Arena ¥3,500 Likely to sell out early Ticket Pia (currently unavailable)
Various seating ¥44,202 Includes guide Viator (currently unavailable)
Class A seating ¥16,500 Includes guide Klook (sold out) and JTB Sunrise Tours (currently unavailable)
Class S seating ¥20,000 Includes sushi-making experience Klook (currently unavailable)

Seating is divided into box seating — tatami areas seating four people which start at about ¥40,000 and arena seats which start from around ¥3,500. Most seats are cheaper on weekdays and slightly more expensive on weekends.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance from February 8 but you can get them earlier if you choose a tour (currently unavailable). Sumo matches take place throughout the day and you can leave to grab food before returning. The busiest times are as you may expect — weekends and towards the end of the tournament.

If you’re not here during a tournament but still want to see some sumo action, here are a few ways to make it happen in Tokyo.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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