So now that we've seen the entrance of the rikishi, let's go inside the arena.
But here something shocking happened...
The cheapest tickets were already sold out.
Tickets for that day's matches are reasonably cheap: 2,100 yen for adults and only 200 yen for children below the age of 15.
But if you miss this ticket, the next cheapest "chair" seat C is 3,600 yen...
It was careless of me to have missed this. I recommend you to get hold of your ticket before doing anything else when you go see a match!
The first tip of watching sumo might be to head straight to the ticket counter as soon as you reach Ryogoku.
That kind guy...
I wish he suggested me to get a ticket before all that explanation. Oh well.
There are several levels of tickets for sumo. The most expensive is called tamari-seki, the seats just outside the dohyo (ring), which is 14,300 yen.
By the way, the 2,100 yen seats that I missed are located further back.
Following are the masu-seki seats, which are divided into three levels accordingly to the distance from the dohyo.
The closest masu-seki ticket costs 11,300 yen, then 10,300 and 9,200. Masu-seki seats are divided by a frame and have cushions on the floor. Here you can sit and relax perhaps with a lunch box and even some alcohol.
Although, masu-seki tickets are sold in fours so you basically can't buy single tickets.
There are special pair tickets which allow you to use masu-seki with only two people.
These two kinds of tickets - tamari-seki and masu-seki - are the only seats on the first floor, and cheaper tickets are all for the chair seats on the second floor (again, the tickets are divided into three accordingly to the distance, and the prices are from the closest: JPY8200, 4900 and 3600).