Sumo at Ryogoku Kokugikan

Sumo at Ryogoku Kokugikan

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1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0015 | +03-3623-5111, Japan
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If you're in Tokyo during a sumo match, snag a ticket to the Ryogoku Kokugikan, the city's primary sumo arena. Watching sumo wrestling (grown men in ponytails, not much else) is often more akin to witnessing a ritual than a sport, with many formalized procedures built into each match. The tradition dates back more than 1,400 years, and is now the national sport of the country.

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