About Nippon Budokan
Located in Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, the Nippon Budokan was originally constructed as the venue for the Judo competition at the Tokyo Summer Olympics held in 1964, and is now a major venue for encouraging traditional martial arts and physical and mental training in Japan, as well as a venue for Japan’s National Memorial Service for those who lost their lives in the war, which is held annually in Japan on August 15 (the day of the surrender of World War II), with the attendance of both the Emperor and the Prime Minister.
The Budokan, which was finally completed on October 3, 1964, is adjacent to such facilities as the Japan Science and Technology Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and is a tourist area with fresh air and a strong cultural atmosphere. The entire Nippon Budokan is designed in the shape of an octagon, with two underground floors and three above ground, and can accommodate up to 14,000 spectators and performers.
In addition to providing a venue for judo, kendo, karate, and budo competitions and practices, the hall also hosts large-scale events such as dances, orchestras, martial arts performances, concerts, professional boxing, professional wrestling, and large-scale entrance and graduation ceremonies. In Japan, major domestic events such as the All Japan Judo Tournament (a non-discriminatory competition to determine the Japanese national champion) held every April 29, the All Japan Kendo Tournament held on November 3, and the Self-Defense Forces Music Festival held in late November are all held here.
How to get there
2-3 Kitanomaru Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0091, Japan
Access:About 10 minutes on foot from “Kudanshita Station” of Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line
The slope from Kudanshita to the Budokan through the moat was tough.
I missed it very much.
It’s so beautiful, I’d like to go back.