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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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TripAdvisor
  • It is an iconic venue, however, it definitely needs some updating. The drop down ceiling, the not well working AC system, having said that, the venue is small, so pretty much all seats are good. Been ...  more »
  • Saw the Stone Roses here and even the second floor seats provided good views. The historical significance of the venue speaks for itself...nice comfortable arena-size venue  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Five stars for its history alone. It was once part of the Edo Castle grounds (a flatland castle built by the Tokugawa Shoguns). The name comes from 'Martial Arts Hall' from the Olympics and now hosts many kinds of events. An excellent venue for concerts, due to great acoustics. (I've seen a dozen shows here)
  • Two years ago, even iRis had gone there for their anniversary live concert.
  • 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
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  • Went to see a concert, the place is very comfortable.