Nippon Budōkan

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Lonely Planet review

Westerners know the 14,000-plus-seat Budōkan as Tokyo's legendary concert hall for big acts from the Beatles to Beck, but it was originally built as the site of martial arts championships (judō, karate, kendō, aikidō) for the 1964 Olympics (budō means 'martial arts'). These arts are still practised and exhibited here today.