Sumo Wrestling-TOKYO×Hot Springs-OITA
About Sumo Wrestling
Sumo wrestling is Japanese national sport and it’s one of the biggest sports in Japan. It was born hundreds of years ago as a shinto ritual to perform for the gods. Two wrestlers (Rikishi) fight against each other by pushing, and trying to throw the opponent in the circle ring (dohyo). Sumo tournaments are the best way to see and understand sumo more as visitors can experience sumo culture by the atmosphere of the venue. Sumo wrestling is one of the activities to understand Japanese culture and history.
Kokonoe-Beya, Sumo Wrestling Stable in Tokyo
Kokonoe-beya is a sumo wrestling stable which is located in Sumida, Tokyo, and has more tournament victories than any other sumo stable. Members of the official fan club can arrange to see a morning training session up close. The wrestlers train hard and as a group, to better themselves each day. Their training is grueling and requires discipline and dedication. It includes serious sparring, at close to tournament-level intensity.
Sumo wrestling is Japanese national sport and it’s one of the activities to understand Japanese culture and history.
About Beppu, Hot Spring Town
Located in Oita Prefecture, Beppu is one of the foremost hot spring towns in Japan. Takegawara Onsen, with its luxurious gabled roof, is one of the symbols of the town. It’s also one of the few places where you can try a steamed sand bath.
Beppu Seven Hells
Feel the energy of the Earth in the steam, mud and waters of Beppu’s seven “hells.” They are a must-see.
A local specialty is the “hell-steamed” dishes cooked with the naturally-occurring, hot-spring steam.
There are also outdoor baths, like Suginoi Hotel’s Tanayu, where you can enjoy the view as you bathe.
The townscape is perhaps most breathtaking at night.
Beppu is one of the foremost hot spring towns in Japan.