How to Buy Sumo Wrestling Tickets

Sumo Wrestling 2019

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Want to see a Sumo wrestling fight during your visit to Japan? Here is what you need to know.

First of all, tickets for Sumo tournaments tend to sell out very quickly. If you know how and where to purchase tickets, you still have a chance to visit the fights, though.

Every year, there are six professional “Grand tournaments” (15 days each) organized by the Japan Sumo Association (Nihon Sumo Kyokai). If you want to see the real deal, these events are the most recommendable.

2019 Grand Tournament Schedule
January in Tokyo (13th-27th)
March in Osaka (10th-24th)
May in Tokyo (12th-26th)
July in Nagoya (7th-21th)
September in Tokyo (8th-22th)
November in Fukuoka (10th-24th)

2020 Grand Tournament Schedule
January in Tokyo (12th-26th)
March in Osaka (8th-22nd)
May in Tokyo (10th-24th)
July in Nagoya (5th-19th)
September in Tokyo (13th-27th)
November in Fukuoka (8th-22nd)

Where to Buy Sumo Tickets

There are basically four ways to go about purchasing tickets from outside of Japan:

  1. The official sales page (in English): Ticket Oosumo
  2. 3rd party ticket shopping services such as Voyagin, Tickets Galore or buysumotickets.
  3. Resale sites such as Stubhub or Viagogo.
  4. Joining a Tour (see below)

Sumo Tours

You can book tours (incl. tickets) to the grand tournaments as well as regional matches through some tour agencies listed below:
Voyagin (tickets and tours)
Viator (tours)

They also offer tour where you can watch the morning practice of a sumo stable or fight against a real Sumo wrestler.