1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
NileGuide Expert tip:
Show up early on game day to buy an unreserved ticket, unless you want to shell out big bucks
Like tea ceremony and kubuki theater, sumo is one of those must-do Japan experiences. Fortunately, Tokyo is home to the country's premier sumo stadium, Ryogoku. Sumo, like its stars, is big in Japan, and there's no better place to get caught up in the frenzy surrounding the country's biggest sports celebrities than the Ryogoku. For those who don't want to shell out a couple hundred dollars for ring-side floor seating, same-day unreserved tickets (around $30) are available every morning of a tournament day. A sumo tournament is an all-day event, but the important matches happen in the afternoon. Holders of unreserved tickets can hang out in the best seats in the house until the afternoon matches. Show up early, around 8:30am, to secure an unreserved ticket.