6 Things to bring to your first Sumo Match

Sumo Wrestling in Tokyo Japan Tournament

1. A camera (with a good zoom) or binoculars.

If you are not willing to shell out several hundred dollars for a prime seat, you will probably end up in the discount ticket zone. For information on how to buy these discount sumo tickets, click here.

I brought my camera because I love taking photographs; my friend brought his binoculars so he could see the sumo match up-close. Because of the distance and rapid movements of the sumo wrestlers, most of my shots turned out blurry. Between my friend and I, we got a couple good ones.

Sumo Wrestling in Tokyo Japan Tournament

2. Snacks and Drinks

Ignoring the length of lines, food was expensive. This is pretty standard. Hungry patrons can wait twenty minutes in line for a 600 yen hotdog ($7) and a 250 yen bottle of water ($3).

Sumo Wrestling in Tokyo Japan Tournament

3. A light sweater or fan

In winter the arena is cold; in summer the arena is hot. Plan accordingly. The in-between months are kind of a coin toss, so make sure to bring a sweater and fan.

4. A back pillow

If you’re going to buy one of the cheapest sumo tickets (purchased the day of at 8am), the seats are not comfortable. If you can, try to bring a back pillow – especially if you plan on staying in the stadium for a couple hours. The seats didn’t bother me at all, but I saw quite a few middle aged Japanese men and women with dark black back pillows.

Sumo Wrestling in Tokyo Japan Tournament

5. A friend to chat with

Sumo is fun. Sumo wrestlers grapple through the stage, when one falls, the crowd erupts with applause. Good bouts also receive mid-game cheers. However, the rate of actual wrestling to rituals, preparing for sumo, and salt throwing is about 1 to 7.

If you’re alone, those empty spaces can be awkward. Sumo is best enjoyed with friends.

Sumo Wrestling in Tokyo Japan Tournament
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