Nippon Budo-kan

Tokyo, Kanto

Holy place for Japanese martial arts to train spirit, technique and physical condition

Japanese martial arts are accompanied by the word “Do” or “Way,” such as Judo, Kendo, Aikido and Kyudo. This is because Japanese martial arts are not regarded merely as attacking skills to kill or injure opponents but as ways of balancing the spirit, technique and physical condition of people and completing the enhancement of their personal quality through training of skills.

The Nippon Budokan was built in 1964 on the occasion of the Tokyo Summer Olympics to popularize traditional Japanese martial arts and generate young people who can enrich their wisdom and contribute to the peace and welfare of the world through martial arts.

It is located in Kitanomaru Park in the Imperial Palace and has a huge roof which is designed after Mt. Fuji and looks dignified and solemn as a symbol of the spirit of martial arts. Inside the arena is a boarded hall that can accommodate more than 10,000 people. Championships of various branches of martial arts as well as international seminars for preservation of Budo martial arts are held at the Nippon Budokan. It is also used as a venue for various events such as company ceremonies for welcoming new employees, entertainments and fairs.In particular, the Nippon Budokan is frequently used for music concerts and well-known big artists have performed there since the Beatles. As a result, performance at the Nippon Budokan was regarded as a certificate of top musicians.


2-3 Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

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