How to Buy Sumo Wrestling Tickets

Last updated: 2023-01-17 | Published: 2017-05-06
Written by: Alan

Going to a Sumo Wrestling Fight

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

Firstly, 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.

Sumo Tournament Schedule 2023

2023 Grand Tournament Schedule
January in Tokyo (8th-22nd)
March in Osaka (12th-26th)
May in Tokyo (14th-28th)
July in Nagoya (9th-23rd)
September in Tokyo (10th-24th)
November in Fukuoka (12th-26th)

Where to Buy Sumo Tickets

There are basically three 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 Tickets Galore.
  3. Resale sites such as Viagogo.

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