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Sumo Experience from Kyoto
Sumo has been central to Japanese culture since ancient times and far more than just a wrestling match. This full-day tour takes in the ceremony, tradition and also the combat of Sumo alongside some of neighbouring Nara’s finest temples.
This morning, you will be met at your hotel by an expert guide and taken by public transfer to Nara, the former capital of Japan. Here, you will be taken to Kehayaza, a sumo museum and ring, where you will be treated to the full sumo experience. Your guide will talk you through the Jinku, a performance of songs that signal the start of a sumo match. Following this, you will watch an amateur match between two sumo before donning a sumo outfit and trying the sport out for yourself.
After cooling down at a local restaurant for lunch, your guide will take you to Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s Largest Buddha, and the nearby Kasuga Shrine, which is celebrated for its thousands of donated stone lanterns. Following the shrine, your guide will accompany you back to Kyoto and your hotel, using public transport.
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