Things to do / Traditional festivals

Tokyo: O-Zumo Hatsu Basho

First Grand Sumo Tournament of the year at Ryogoku Kokugikan Hall. Dohyo-iri (the ring-entering ceremonies) by yokozuna (the grand champions) take place around 3:55 p.m. daily. Then the main matches by maku-uchi (upper-rank sumo wrestlers) start. Advance tickets are sold at Ticket Pia, convenience stores, etc. Unreserved-seat tickets are sold on the day at the hall from 7:45 a.m. every day during the tournament period, on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of the tickets is limited to 350 daily.

Schedule & key events:
● 8:35 a.m.-6 p.m. Tournament
● from 3:55 p.m.: Dohyo-iri by yokozuna

Location: Ryogoku Kokugikan, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

(1) JR Sobu Line to Ryogoku Sta. (West Exit), and then walk 2 min. (2) Toei Oedo Subway Line to Ryogoku Sta. (E12)(Exit A3), and then walk 5 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.