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Nippon Budokan is a historic building that was a stadium used during the 18th Olympic Games in Tokyo and was constructed in September 1964. The roof is conceptualized after the highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji, and its octagonal design is inspired by the World Heritage site, Horyuji in Nara. Now, it is a famous indoor stadium, where Judo or Kendo (both Japanese martial arts) matches take place. Companies and universities also use this venue for welcoming ceremonies.
- 2-3 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda, Tokyo
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- 5-min walk from Exit 2 of Kudanshita Station on Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Hanzomon Line and Toei Subway Shinjuku Line.
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Mecca for artists
Not only the big matches for martial arts, Nippon Budokan is a place where many artists have performed. However, only the greatest and best can perform here. That's how important this place is. In fact, the Beatles and Queen have performed here on their Japan tour.
Rowing by the moat
Close to Budokan is Chidorigafuch, where you can enjoy rowing a boat. The area around the moat is lush and you get a breath of fresh air here!
Beautiful cherry blossoms
Nippon Budokan is also famous for cherry blossom flowers. In spring, many people visit here to see the gorgeous pink hues. You can enjoy the stadium along with beautiful cherry blossom trees only for a short period of time. Many street stands appear during this period, so you can buy something to eat and stroll around.