Nippon Budokan at a glance
Located in Kitanomaru Park in central Tokyo, Nihon Budokan is a martial arts center that was built for 2 billion yen in 1964 to host the judo events in the Tokyo Olympics of the same year. The building’s design was inspired both by a famous octoganal hall found in Nara’s Houryu-ji Temple and by Mt. Fuji.
Various martial arts are practiced in the Budokan and the massive arena is used for rock concerts, graduation ceremonies, and large sports meetings. Visitors can sometimes participate in classes there. However, for Westerners the building is most famous for hosting huge mucis concerts. The Beatles were the first rock group to play at the Budokan when they made their Japanese debut in 1966. Since then, the arena has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Deep Purple, Pearl Jam, Ozzy Osbourne, and more. Many bands have turned their concerts at Tokyo’s Budokan into live albums.”