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Nippon Budokan

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The Nippon Budokan (Japanese: 日本武道館, Hepburn: Nippon Budōkan, lit.'Japan Martial Arts Hall'), often shortened to simply Budokan, is an indoor arena located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. It was originally built for the inaugural Olympic judo competition in the 1964 Summer Olympics. While its primary purpose is to host martial arts contests, the arena has gained additional fame as one of the world's most outstanding musical performance venues.[1] The Budokan was a popular venue for Japanese professional wrestling for a time, and it has hosted numerous other sporting events such as the 1967 Women's Volleyball World Championship. Most recently, the arena hosted the Olympic debut of karate in the 2020 Summer Olympics, as well as the judo competition at both the 2020 Summer Olympics and the 2020 Summer Paralympics.

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Nippon Budokan
Nippon Budokan Hall Main entrance
Location2-3 Kitanomarukōen, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-8321, Japan
Public transitTokyo Metro/Toei Subway
(at Kudanshita):
S Toei Shinjuku Line
T Tozai Line
Z Hanzomon Line
OwnerThe Nippon Budokan Foundation
Field sizeHeight: 42 m (140 ft)
OpenedOctober 3, 1964
Construction cost2 billion Japanese yen
(5.6 million USD in 1964)
ArchitectMamoru Yamada
Main contractorsTakenaka Corporation

A number of famous rock music acts have played at the Budokan. The Beatles were the first rock group to play there in a series of concerts held between June 30 and July 2, 1966. ABBA ended their last tour and final live performance there in March 1980. Numerous acts have recorded live albums at the Budokan, including Blur, Bryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Cheap Trick, CNBLUE, Dream Theater, Duran Duran, Kiss, Europe, Morrissey, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Paul McCartney, Asia, Ringo Starr, Journey, Deep Purple, Masayoshi Takanaka, X-Japan, MSG, and Pink Floyd.[2]