The meaning of ”Budo” is martial arts, and the Nippon Budokan is an arena for martial arts such as judo, kendo, and karate. However, the Nippon Budokan is also known as a concert venue for music fans around the world. Since the Beatles performed at the Nippon Budokan, many musicians and artists have become a favorite venue to hold their concerts.
Getting to the Budokan
The closest station to the Nippon Budokan is Kudanshita Station on the Hanzomon, Tozai, and Shinjuku subway lines. From Kudanshita station, it will take about 5 minutes to walk to the Budokan.
If you use the JR line, you can take the Sobu line to JR Iidabashi station, a 15 to 20-minute walk from the Budokan. If the Kudanshita subway station is crowded at the end of the event, you can walk to JR Iidabashi station as an option.
The Nippon Budokan is located in Kitanomaru Park, part of the Imperial Palace grounds, so that you can take a walk before or after the event. It's nice!
About the Budokan
Location: 2-3 Kitanomaru Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opened: October 3, 1964
What to bring
Compared to other countries such as the U.S., Japanese events allow people to bring their own belongings, and there are few venues that do not allow backpacks.
For drinks, please note that in most cases, you cannot bring in cans or bottles. In many cases, you can bring in plastic bottles.
Gate Opening Time
The opening hours may vary depending on the event, so please check the website of the event you are attending.
Many events in Japan allow re-entry, but it depends on the event.
Travel Tips & Information
Here is the basic information about Tokyo as a reference for planning your trip.
Although we have divided the area to organize the venues, as for the 23 wards of Tokyo, it is not so badly accessible from the soil area.
Basically, the Yamanote Line covers the area to some extent, and in the middle, the Chuo and Sobu Lines run.
If you want to go around in detail, there are also subways, so it would be better to use your smart phone to look at transit information as you move around.
Hotels in the Shibuya, Shinjuku, Chuo, Chiyoda, Bunkyo, and Minato wards areas are relatively pricey among the 23 wards of Tokyo.
There are so many things to do and see in Tokyo that it's hard to narrow it down to just one: in Shibuya Ward, there's Meiji Shrine and Takeshita Street; in Shinjuku Ward, there's Shinjuku Gyoen and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office.
The best thing is that you can have a second plan in case of crowds or bad weather. If you are planning to go sightseeing and watch the games, it is possible that you will not be able to go around as much as you would like due to the crowds, or that it will be too rainy to go outside.
Therefore, if you pick up other places that you can go to in case of crowds, you will be able to go around smoothly even if you don't have much time before the game.
Since it is Tokyo, there are stores everywhere you go.
The rest is up to you, what you want to eat and where you want to eat it.
We will pick out a few restaurants for you, but in the case of Tokyo, there is no way to cover them all, so we recommend that you look for them yourself on the Internet.
As with sightseeing, popular stores may have lines.
Therefore, if you are short on time and want to go to a popular restaurant, you may not be able to eat there, so we recommend that you pick up several restaurants in advance.