Nippon Budōkan

Live Music in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

The 14,000-plus-seat Budōkan was originally built for the judo competition of the 1964 Olympics (budō means 'martial arts') and will be pressed into service again for the 2020 event. Martial-arts practice and contests are still held here, but the Budōkan is better known as a concert hall: lots of big names, from the Beatles to Beck, have played here.

The building's unusual architecture was inspired by the eight-sided Yumedono (Hall of Dreams) at Nara's Hōryū-ji.