Among these is Kyu- Butokuden, Japan’s oldest martial arts competition hall, which, along with the Heian- Jingu Shrine, was built in 1899 as part of a project to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the establishment of Heiankyo (present- day Kyoto). The hall was designed by MATSUMURO Shigemitsu, who is also responsible for the architecture of the former main building of Kyoto Prefectural Government Offices (an Important National Cultural Property).

2 thoughts on “Kyu-Butokuden

  1. Great pics as usual !

    Though technically it’s the official name, nobody calls it the “Kyu-” Butokuden. Back in the day it was the Honbu Butokuden or the Okazaki Butokuden, and all the others around the country (and in China, Taiwan, and Korea) were the various Shibu Butokuden. The old Kyoto Shibu Butokuden is on a hill just south of this one, see:


  2. Thank you for the info! I remember your article.

    Actually I’ve never heard of the name “Kyu-Butokuden” until lately when googled about it. It sounds so exotic that I decided to use it as a title. As you know, internationally it is mostly known as “THE Butokuden”, just like “THE Budokan” no matter how many of them there are.


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