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 featuring 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.
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- 263 m from Kudanshita Station
- 0.8 km from Jimbocho Station
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