The cheerful staff greeted us with a traditional song about the greatness of Nara prefecture. Afterwards, we were able to put on giant sumo suits and have a wresting match in an authentic sumo ring. The museum in the gallery had some interesting pictures to view the history of the museum.
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Sumo Wrestling Museum Kehayaza
The historic Katsuragi City, is the birthplace of the Japanese spirit
In the midwest region of Nara Prefecture, Katsuragi City lies at the base of Mt. Nijo and its impressive double-peaks. Japan's oldest road Takenouchi Kaido has ancient myths connected and legends related to the Emperor of Japan, is home to historic Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. There is a historical enchantment to the area that shows Nara used to be the capital. It is also said to be the region where Japan-specific cultural elements, such as sumo wrestling and the Tanabata festival, originated, making it the birthplace of the Japanese spirit.
In one section of the city, you will find the Sumo wrestling Museum Kehayaza, a rarity even in Japan. Inside, you will find valuable exhibits, as well as a full-scale sumo wrestling ring, which you can enter. Everyone gets a chance to enjoy what it feels like to be a sumo wrestler.
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It was absolutely funny and amazing! The staff is super kind and we tried to be real sumo wrestlers, really enjoyed!!
If you’ve ever wanted to see what you’d look like as a sumo wrestler, this is the place. Local sumo enthusiasts will announce your match, you can throw salt on an official size ring, and enjoy taking plenty of videos and pictures.
Wearing the costume and do a fake fight
I loved learning about banzuke but I would’ve love to learn more about the sumo world.
- Name of facility
- Katsuragi City Sumo Wrestling Museum Kehayaza
- Name of experience
- Be a sumo wrestler and enter the ring in the birthplace of sumo wrestling, Japan's national sport
- 83-1 Taima, Katsuragi City, Nara 639-0276
- Business Hours
- 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays (open on national holidays), New Year's holiday
- Starts at 300 yen (may vary depending on the content)
- Payment methods
- Cash only
- Number of guests accepted (groups)
- From 1 person
- Telephone number
- Multilingual support
- Guide tablet computers with support for English, French, Chinese (simplified, and traditional), and Korean
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)