His highest rank was maegashira 5. He was a runner-up in one tournament and earned one special prize for Fighting Spirit. He is the younger brother of Kitazakura.
He was forced to retire in April 2011 after an investigation by the Japan Sumo Association found him guilty of match-fixing.
Toyozakura"s father was also a sumo wrestler, who fought under the same shikona or sumo name, but he never climbed higher than the fourth sandanme division. This stable folded in 2000 upon the stablemaster"s retirement and Toyozakura moved to Michinoku stable.
He made his professional debut in March 1989. He first reached elite sekitori status in September 1998 upon promotion to the second jūryō division but he could not maintain that rank.
The 88 tournaments it took him to get there is the fifth slowest ever - even longer than Kitazakura, who took 86 tournaments to reach makuuchi (in 2001).
He peaked with this performance however, as he only managed a majority of wins against losses on two further occasions in makuuchi, and spent more time back in jūryō than in the top division. In May 2008 it emerged that the previous January Toyozakura had beaten a junior wrestler in his stable up to ten times with a ladle, so badly that he required eight stitches. Coming in the wake of the death of trainee Takeshi Saito, he was severely criticised for such actions and issued an apology.
Both he and his stablemaster Michinoku Oyakata were docked 30 percent of their salary by the Japan Sumo Association for three months.
His 10-5 performance at the rank of jūryō 4 in January 2009 was enough for a surprise return to the top division for the first time in over two years at maegashira 16. Following the suspension and subsequent demotion of six wrestlers to the jūryō division in September 2010, he returned to makuuchi once again at the age of 36 despite only barely making his majority of wins at the rank of jūryō 11 in the July tournament.
His tenth promotion to the top division for the January 2011 tournament put him in fourth place on the all-time list behind Oshio, Onishiki and Otsukasa for most promotions to makuuchi. Toyozakura was one of 23 wrestlers found guilty of fixing the result of bouts after an investigation by the Japan Sumo Association, and he was forced to retire in April 2011.
Toyozakura"s favourite techniques were open-handed thrusts known as tsuppari, and simple pushes to the opponent"s chest, oshi-dashi.
When he chose to fight on the mawashi his preferred grip was migi-yotsu, a left hand outside, right hand inside position. He also frequently employed hiki-otoshi, the pull down, and the similar hataki-komi, or slap down.