Sumo Wrestling Museum Kehayaza

The historic Katsuragi City, is the birthplace of the Japanese spirit


Experience Japan's national sport, sumo wrestling, where it was created

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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  • A drawing of a sumo wrestling match that took place in front of Oda Nobunaga, a wartime general representative of Japan.
  • You can sit in one of the box seats, which are unique to professional sumo wrestling, and watch a video about sumo wrestling.
  • The guide tablet computers support six languages: Japanese, English, French, Chinese (simplified, and traditional), and Korean.
  • The sumo wrestling ring was made to the same specifications as an actual ring.
  • Anyone can enter it, shoes and all.
  • Feel what it's like to be a sumo referee and judge a match by taking hold of the referee's fan!
  • Scatter a bunch of salt clasped in your hand to purify the ring.
  • Try moving like a sumo wrestler by raising and stomping your legs one at a time.
  • While you're at it, fully embody a sumo wrestler by moving like a yokozuna making his entrance.


  • Takinami

    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.

  • anna23

    It was absolutely funny and amazing! The staff is super kind and we tried to be real sumo wrestlers, really enjoyed!!

  • AI

    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.

  • Byz

    Wearing the costume and do a fake fight

  • Emilia

    I loved learning about banzuke but I would’ve love to learn more about the sumo world.

  • Spitskaya Maria

    I enjoyed the small museum featuring some historical photoes and items and song performance

  • HC93

    I enjoyed wearing the sumo suit and learning about the history of how Sumo fights were conducted.

  • Karol

    Very fun to learn about sumo etiquette and stances. The workers were very kind and interesting. It was fun to put on the sumo outfit as well!

  • Jess

    It was fun to enjoy the sumo experience with friends!

Experience information

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)