The huge stadium known as Ryogoku Kokugikan dominates the sumo-obsessed neighborhood of Ryogoku, and is the focus of big excitement during the tournament season.
The stadium is accessible by train.
The stadium is a one-minute walk from Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line, or a five-minute walk from the Oedo Line exits for the same station.
Built in 1985, this huge stadium can accommodate over 10,000 visitors. While experiencing the excitement of a sumo tournament is the best way to get a feel for this popular sport, you can also check out the hall on days when no events are scheduled. See the dramatic hanging roof that covers the ring and take photos with sumo-related props.
To learn more about the history and culture of this ancient sport, on weekdays you can visit the Sumo Museum on the premises.
Three times a year—in January, May and September—the Kokugikan plays host to national sumo tournaments. If you're visiting during these months, it is very much worth the effort of obtaining tickets. Besides the thrill of watching the wrestling giants, the fast-paced matches, calls of the crowd and snacks all conjure up the atmosphere of an earlier era in Tokyo.