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Nippon Budokan, Chiyoda

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Nippon Budokan, often shortened to simply Budokan, is an indoor arena located in central Tokyo, Japan.The Budokan was the location where many "Live at the Budokan" albums were recorded, including those of Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick, Dream Theater and Ozzy Osbourne. The Nippon Budokan, however, was originally built for the judo competition in the 1964 Summer Olympics, hence its name, rendered in English as Martial Arts Hall.LocationThe Nippon Budokan is located in Kitanomaru Park in the center of Tokyo, two minutes' walking distance from Kudanshita Subway Station, and near Yasukuni Shrine. This 42 m (140 ft) high imposing octagonal structure holds 14,471 people (arena seats: 2,946, 1st floor seats: 3,199, 2nd floor seats: 7,846, standee: 480). The building is modeled after Yumedono (Hall of Dreams) in Hōryū-ji in Nara.Venue historyMartial artsThough it still functions as a venue for big musical events, its primary purpose is for Japanese martial arts (indeed, the name literally means "Japan Martial Arts Hall"). The national championships of the different branches of the martial arts (judo, kendo, karate, aikido, shorinji kempo, kyūdō, naginata, etc.) are held annually at the Budokan. For wrestling fans the Budokan means professional wrestling's big shows. Now, the Budokan is mostly used by Pro Wrestling Noah, who often hold major events there.
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  • I went to Mayday concert at Nippon Budokan, and got there early in the morning to ensure I can buy all the limited products I want. The place is safe with security guard patrolling. There is a place w...  more »
  • Out went in the concert of the sauce. After nearly 50 years, has visited many times is a special concert at this venue. It is octagonal in the vertical as in other arenas, but not so in the arena seats back row and 40 column about half as Yokohama arena near easy to watch. 1st floor seats at the same height as the stage very readable celebrity guests many are sitting in the stage front seats on the first floor. Also on the first floor is the last row of seats to disturb ceilings on the second floor and stand some stage is not visible. Enjoy many things upstairs seat backwards is somewhat spicy but video is projected on a giant screen, back but very steep, so underneath the stage becomes a feeling. Compared to other arenas still live at the Budokan, it is special. * Outside, we were allowed to take many things many of the concerts of the sauce non-flash photography, concert during both videos and stills shoot NG is not.
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  • To nearest metro 9-lower station in on the ground and walk a little bit like me. Is going downhill if you use JR at iidabashi off road walk Street and after a while, the Yasukuni Shrine pass across in front of big road. That immediately before crossing the bridge.
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  • Great venue to go to, doesn't matter what you see - worth the trip just to see the sites. And it's the budokan!
  • Good for Seeing live shows. Seats are nice. Easy to get in and out of seated location. Venue closes early. THERE WILL BE NO ENCORE
  • Went here for a concert. Was very well organised. Good location for gigs.
  • Awesome building. I went there for a concert last night. It's a pretty big venue, but easy to find from Kudanshita station (exit 2) and figure out where to sit.
  • I visited during a martial arts ceremony in January. Very nice show including awards ceremony.