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

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