Arashio Stable


Watching sumo (相撲) is a special and deeply rewarding cultural experience. Many watch it in the big stadiums, but seeing the sumo wrestlers train and prepare gives a fascinating insight into Japan’s national sport. Watching Keiko (morning practice) can be done for free in Tokyo at Arashio Stable.

Note that viewers do not actually go inside, but watch via a window outside.


Cost: Free

Open: 7:30 to 10:00 on most days (apart from March, July and November)

How to book: Call the day before to check that practice (‘keiko’) is on. See their website for the number and how to call. Reservations not needed.

How to get there

Take the Toei Subway Shinjuku line to Hamacho, or the Toei Subway Asakusa or Metro Hibiya line to Ningyocho station. Follow the map (to the house icon) below. It can be difficult to find, so be sure to make a copy, or use wifi at or near the station at a convenience store.


Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.