Watching the morning practice of SUMO is an activity that I definitely recommend. It is incredible the strength of these man! You get to be really close and are truly engaged in watching the training session.
However... where to start with beauty of Japan organisation? The organisation was a disaster.. starting by meeting point.
We received confirmation of the booking but on the day before the practice we still had not received information on where the practice was going to be. We only had a phone number to call (which would not work from our international phone). So we decided to find their offices on google and go there. We followed google and ended up in a corporate office that clearly was not Beauty of Japan. Luckily they were lovely people and with very little English were able to find them online, phone them up and take us to their office which was on a parallel street on the 5th floor. We get there and finally are given the meeting point (Tamanoi Stable)!
We thought ok, we got the address! Woop!Well.. when we got wi-fi at the hotel we were able to check where it actually was. It was 1h 10min away from roppongi-tokyo (where we were staying), the training was starting at 7.30am and the trip there costed ¥960 each (¥1920 for both of us). We woke up at 5.30am, no breakfast (hotel would not serve us that early) and head to the train journeys. We got there, it was in a very residential area and we get to the stable. Watching them was amazing but after 35min we see the wrestlers stretching and finalising the training session which we were told that would last 60-90min depending on how tired the wrestlers would be. We were told that it was shorter that usual due to the big tournament that was ongoing.
Needless to say it was badly organised by beauty of Japan and we received no compensation for all the hassle we went through, for the session being shorter than usual or for any additional costs.