The Nippon Budokan was built as a judo venue for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

This uniquely shaped building is modeled after the Yumedono (Dream Hall) of Horyuji Buddhist Temple in Nara Prefecture, which is the world's oldest wooden structure. And it is still used today as a stadium for Japanese martial arts such as judo, kendo, sumo, karate and so on. It is also a well-known multi-purpose hall that is widely used for music concerts, professional boxing, professional wrestling, university entrance and graduation ceremonies and general shareholders' meetings of major corporations. The name of the Nippon Budokan became widely known when the Beetles performed here in Japan in 1966. Since then, the Nippon Budokan has become a mecca for pop music and a coveted concert venue for famous Japanese pop musicians. This building was extensively renovated in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and judo and karate competitions were held here. Incidentally, the state funeral of the former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July 2022, will be held here this September.


Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,

Masahisa Takaki.

全国通訳案内士 高木聖久。


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