Nippon Budokan

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Name in Japanese: 日本武道館
Area: Chiyoda
Address: 2-3 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-8321 [map]
Phone: 03-3216-5100 03-3216-5100
Access: 263 m from Kudanshita Station Hanzomon Line (Z6)Tozai Line (T7)Shinjuku Line (S5)
0.8 km from Jimbocho Station Hanzomon Line (Z7)Mita Line (I10)Shinjuku Line (S6)
0.8 km from Takebashi Station Tozai Line (T8)

Sitting in the heart of Kitanomaru park just a across the moat from the Imperial Palace, the Budokan is a martial arts Hall built in 1964.

Used predominantly for martial arts including Judo, Kendo, Karate and Aikido as well as some more modern incarnations like pro-wrestling, it has also hosted boxing matches with Muhammed Ali and concerts by Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Diana Ross and even Avril Lavigne. Modelled after the Hall of Dreams in Horyu-ji, Nara, the building can hold up to 14,471 people.

Nippon Budokan
Photo by Tokyo 2020