“I Wanna Live at the Budokan”

“Do a rain dance and you brace through a marsh – My heavy my brother get lighter than helium – Float above the world to break the tedium – Living in my headphones soul is what i say to ‘em – The surreal boom of the budokan stadiumTricky – Daydreaming

The Nippon Budokan is an indoor arena in central Tokyo, Japan. This is the location where many “Live at the Budokan” albums were recorded,however, was originally built for the judo competition in the 1964 Summer Olympics.

The Beatles were the first rock group to perform here, in a series of shows in June/July 1966; The original Beatles concert is heavily bootlegged on audio and video; the first night’s concert video was officially released by Apple in Japan only as Beatles Concert at Budokan 1966, and excerpts are shown in The Beatles Anthology, while the second Anthology album included the first show’s performances of “Rock and Roll Music” and “She’s A Woman”.

However, the Budokan gained worldwide fame when artists such as The Rolling Stones, Carpenters, Santana, Cheap Trick, Bob Dylan and many others played there as well:

Dream Theater (who recorded a live 2DVD/3CD Live at Budokan)

Ozzy Osbourne (who filmed Live at Budokan)

Michael Schenker Group, One Night at Budokan (1982)

The Nippon Budokan is located in Kitanomaru Park in the center of Tokyo, two minutes’ walking distance from Kudanshita Subway Station, and near Yasukuni Shrine. This 42 m (140 ft) high imposing octagonal structure holds 14,201 people.

Having fun at the Budokan by “Helloween

“It’s always been A great fun playing in japan. I like the venues. they are sounding very good, They look very good, and kids over there really appreciate good music and Stuff. and I think the next time we’re gonna play at the budokan, which is Pretty cool”. Michael Kiske

“Japan has been always great to play there, and will be in the future. And Japan people are great, it’s fun to play there and you feel very confidente and convinient or whatever to play there. and japanese people are listening Very carefully, I don’t know. it’s great to be in japan”. Ingo Schwichtenberg

The list of Artists that performed at the Budokan continues:

Eric Clapton, “Just One Night” ( December 1979 )
Yngwie Malmsteen “Live at Budokan” VHS/DVD (1994)

Judas Priest Rising in the East (2005)

Journey (Live at Budokan) Frontiers Tour (1983) and Eclipse Tour (2012)
Blur Live at the Budokan

Bay City Rollers, Rollers, Live at the Budokan 1977

Doobie Brothers, Live at Budokan (1993)
Bryan Adams (Live at the Budokan)

Mr. Big (who recorded Live at Budokan (Mr. Big album) in 1997, and Back to Budokan in 2009)

Other events at the Budokan

Though it still functions as a venue for big musical events, its primary purpose is for Japanese martial arts (indeed, the name literally means “Japan Martial Arts Hall”).

The national championships of the different branches of the martial arts judo, kendo, karate, aikido, shorinji kempo, kyūdō, naginata, etc.) are held annually at the Budokan

Live Concert in appreciation of the Popular Anime series Lucky Star:Live in Budokan (Anata No Tame Dakara).

Lucky Star is a Japanese four-panel comic strip manga by Kagami Yoshimizu. The strip has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Comptiq magazine since January 2004.

A concert was held in honor of Studio Ghibli’s 25th anniversary at the Budokan, hosted by Joe Hisaishi. It included repertoire from most of the films Hisaishi composed for Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli filmography.



“The Japan Record Award”s took place in the arena from 1985 to 1993.

Budōkan is a style of martial arts created in 1966 by Chew Choo Soot.

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