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Nippon Budokan arena

Nippon Budokan Nippon Budokan is an arena for Japanese traditional martial arts, and is located in Kitanomaru Park on the north side of Kokyo (Imperial Palace).
We sometimes call it simply "Budokan".

It was opened as the arena for judo in Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964.
The building is an octagon shape and has 14,471 seats.

Usually it is used for Japanese martial arts such as judo, kendo (Japanese fencing), karate, kyudo (Japanese archery) and so on.
Also it is often used as the arena for dance, marching band and baton twirling.
Additionally the matches of professional boxing, professional wrestling and mixed martial arts are sometimes held here.

Every year on August 15th, a memorial service for the war dead from the World War II is held here with the Emperor and Prime Minister in attendance.

Here is sometimes used as a special concert hall.
The first popular artist who had a concert was the Beetles in 1966.
Since then, many big artists such as Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones... had their concerts here.

How to get to here

By subway

  • Kudanshita station (Tozai, Hanzomon, Shinjuku Lines)



Nippon Budokan
The front entrance of Nippon Budokan
Nippon Budokan in spring

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