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A Day in the Life of a Sumo Wrestler in Tokyo

by Benjamin Kerns

May 15, 2016

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The sumo wrestler is a national icon of Japan often heralded as supreme athletes and men, much like we revere football players and celebrities over here. Wouldn’t if be cool to meet one and have a look into their daily life? Well, now you can.


A Private Day in the Life of a Sumo Wrestler Tour will put you up close and personal with these monsters of the mat and give you a glimpse into the rigorous training it takes to become a leader in the sport. You’ll begin in Tokyo and receive a private pick-up to the training center in Ryogoku. There, you’ll meet sumo wrestlers and learn all about their training schedules and their eating regime, which is kind of insane.


After touring the facilities, you’ll be treated to a live match known as King of the Castle, which pits the best of the best of Ryogoku Sumida against one another in battle.


Your tour package includes accommodations, transportation to the arena and a guided tour and commentary of the match-up. Unfortunately, you’ll have to provide your own food. This unique opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime event and will surely be a trip to remember.



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