Tokyo Grand Sumo May Tournament

Sumo's third tournament of the wrestling season

Late May
Early Jun
Venue: Ryogoku Kokugikan When: Late May - Early Jun 2021

The middle of May sees professional sumo return to its spiritual home of Tokyo in for the third professional tournament of the season and at the time of this writing, the first Grand Sumo tournament of the Reiwa era.

The Reiwa era's first May tournament will see the incredible grand champion (yokozuna) Hakuho miss the tournament courtesy of an arm injury while the retirement of Japanese yokozuna Kisenosato leaves Mongolian Kakuryu as the only grand champion competing. Chasing him hard is newly promoted fireball, Takakeisho. The 22 year old is out to show everyone his promotion to sumo's second highest rank of ozeki was no fluke. The ever popular Georgian, Tochinoshin, stinging after being replaced by Takakeisho, has one more chance to re-earn his position.

The 15-day May tournament will be held at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo mid-to-late May. Check the official website for ticketing and scheduling information.

Getting there

Take the JR Sobu Line to Ryogoku Station. The Ryogoku Kokugikan is right there as you step out. If you take the Oedo Subway Line to Ryogoku Station, you'll have to walk a few minutes.

More info

Find out more about Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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Ascolta Mi 4 months ago
Hello, when was this article written ? and for what tournament year? It appears under the sub-heading "Venue: Ryogoku Kokugikan When: Late May - Early Jun 2021" BUT it references " the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo between the 12th and 26th May 2019."
Sleiman Azizi Author 4 months ago
Thanks for pointing out the dates. It was originally written with the 2019 tournament in mind, and while still reflecting that, has been updated to consider future events.
Kim B a year ago
It'd be very cool to get to go to the first tournament of the new era - one for the history books!
Sleiman Azizi Author a year ago
If you like it you'll love it and if you don’t like it you'll love it. It's a win-win situation.