The district of Ryogoku in Tokyo, considered the center of sumo culture, is the home of Japan’s super-sized wrestlers. The Ryogoku Kokugikan is Japan’s national wrestling stadium and home to the biggest sumo events in the world.
Opened in 1985, the Ryogoku Kokugikan is the national sumo stadium for Japan.
Holding up to 13,000 people, this venue plays host to the largest sumo events on the calendar. The Hatsu, Natsu, and Aki Honbasho – or New Year, summer, and autumn sumo wrestling tournaments – are held here each year. Thousands flock to watch the iconic sport during the two-week tournaments.
While sumo wrestling is obviously the most popular attraction of the Ryogoku Kokugikan, the arena also hosts other sporting and entertainment events. A range of music concerts, boxing, and pro-wrestling events bring an even wider audience to the venue. Surrounding the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall are many facilities, buildings, restaurants, and souvenir shops offering sports-related goodies. The Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Museum, located inside the arena, is also a great Tokyo attraction for fans of this unique sport.
Ryogoku Kokugikan is an essential visit for those wanting to learn about more about one of Japan’s most popular sports.
Stadium is open between 10:00 and 16:30 (admission until 16:00).