Fukuoka Grand Sumo Tournament

Fukuoka hosts the last tournament of the year

Nov 11
Nov 25
Venue: Fukuoka Kokusai Center When: Nov 11th - Nov 25th 2019 , 10:00am - 6:00pm

Visitors to Fukuoka City will be in for a treat as the city gears up for the annual Fukuoka Grand Sumo Tournament every autumn.

2018 Report

The sixth and final professional sumo tournament of the year will feature Mongolian grand champion (yokozuna) Hakuho. Fresh off the back of his stunning tournament victory in September, Hakuho will be looking to make it back-to-back titles for the first time this year.

The successful return from injury by Japanese-born yokozuna Kisenosato, as well as the appearances of powerhouse sumo stars Takayasu and Tochinoshin and the ever dangerous yokozuna Kakuryu, will only add to the drama and tension of the event.

The 15-day tournament will be held at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center between 11th and 25th November 2018. Check the official website for ticketing information.

Getting there

Take the Hakozaki Line to Gofukumachi Station and head out from Exit 6. Fukuoka Kokusai Center is a 10-minute walk from the station. Buses from JR Hakata Station to the center are also available.

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Sleiman Azizi Author a year ago
Ah, the big news is that Hakuho is out injured for this tournament! That leaves a big opening for Kisenosato, Kakuryu, Takayasu and Tochinoshin to claim the event...
Sleiman Azizi Author a year ago
Me too but it will take a miracle for him to claim the title. It hasn't been his best tournament so far and is realistically fighting for just to stay at his current rank.