Grand Sumo Tournament on NHK World

The best way to see sumo is live and in person. However, it’s hard to be in Japan for every tournament. So the next best thing is to watch the Grand Sumo Tournament on NHK World.

Sumo Ceremony

Yokozuna ring-entering ceremony

Quick Sumo History

Sumo Wrestling got its start about 1,500 years ago as a Shinto ritual to offer prayers for a year of rich harvest.

It became more of a spectator sport during the Edo period, and many of its ritualistic formalities have remained unchanged to this day.

Sumo Opening Ceremony

Ring-entering ceremony

What is NHK World?

NHK is Japan’s largest television station, and NHK World is their global broadcast. They have a wide variety of TV shows, news and sports available in a number of languages, including English.

You can also download their app and watch from your phone, tablet or television.

How do I watch Grand Sumo on NHK World?

The Grand Sumo Tournament takes place six times per year and lasts two weeks. The most recent tournament highlights are available to watch during scheduled broadcasting. NHK Sumo airs four times per day at 12:30 am EST, 4:30 am EST, 12:30 pm EST, and 6:30 pm EST.

If none of these time slots fit your schedule, you can also watch the Grand Sumo highlights on-demand the following day. This is also great because it gives you a chance to catch up on all the bouts you may have missed.

Sumo Wrestlers Fighting

Tachiai – Two sumo wrestlers first collision

Grand Sumo 2023, 2024, and 2025 Schedules

The Grand Sumo Tournament takes place six times per year during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. The January, May, and September tournaments are held in Tokyo. The March tournament is held in Osaka, the July tournament is held in Nagoya, and the November tournament is held in Fukuoka.

Here is the entire Grand Sumo Tournament 2024 Schedule:

The January Tournament – January 14, 2024 to January 28, 2024

The March Tournament – March 10, 2024 to March 24 2024

The May Tournament – May 12, 2024 to May 26, 2024

The July Tournament – July 14, 2024 to July 28, 2024

The September Tournament – September 8, 2024 to September 22, 2024

The November Tournament – November 10, 2024 to November 24, 2024

Here is the entire Grand Sumo Tournament 2025 Schedule:

The January Tournament – January 12, 2025 to January 26, 2025

The March Tournament – March 9, 2025 to March 23, 2025

The May Tournament – May 11, 2025 to May 25, 2025

The July Tournament – July 13, 2025 to July 27, 2025

The September Tournament – September 14, 2025 to September 28, 2025

The November Tournament – November 9, 2025 to November 23, 2025

Here is the entire Grand Sumo Tournament 2026 Schedule:

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You can learn more on the official Grand Sumo Tournament website.

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