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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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  • We visited at the concert. Up the hill from the station's 9-under and you will see. Kitanomaru Park is adjacent. Imperial Palace is conveniently located.
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  • We visited at the concert of Campanella's blessing Wednesday. Was really nice watch by artist. 9 steps below the staff, very helpful.
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  • You will see Budokan, an impressive roof climb up the hill from the 9-under. Yasukuni Shrine at the opposite side. Busy 9-station concert at the Metro station.
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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.