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Janelle from Charleston asked


What is the best way for a non-Japanese speaker to get tickets to a sumo tournament in Japan?  I will be in Tokyo in January and want to go see a basho.


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The season at Ryōgoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo will be from 14-28 January 2018, and tickets will go on sale from 2nd December. They sell out fast. Can book on the Ticket Oosumo Note that you need to use the same credit card to pick tickets up as what you used when you booked.  There are some restrictions on seating-small children can't sit in the ringside seats because of risk of injury from falling sumos. Sometimes you will find that even though you have booked a cheaper seat, people may only turn up to the better seats for a particular bout or the latter part of the session, and you will often be allowed to sit in those seats until the ticketed person turns up. You can also book through the agency which puts together different packages-more expensive than DIY but takes the worry out of booking, picking up tickets, etc. If you miss out on getting tickets, there are 2 options-the viaGoGo website which resells tickets and are said to be reliable (I haven't personally used them) or you can organise tours to watch practice sessions.Enjoy!

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Thanks Lorraine! I will avoid ringside seats...a falling 500 lb rikishi would snap me in two like a pencil! Do they publish the daily schedule before the matches start so you can plan your day on which matches you want to see?

from what I understood, it is not an elimination style competition, so every day the top wrestlers fight and you never know till you get there who will be matched against whom. Best thing is to choose your day, remembering week days are easier to obtain tickets. Would suggest you ask for arena seats rather than box-the boxes are expensive, and are floor cushioned seating, whereas arena seats are chair style seating-A seats are closest to ring, and have better padding , then B then C. As soon as tickets go on sale in January, book because they sell out really quickly

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