located in Sendagaya (Shibuya Ward)
and Shinanomachi (Shinjuku Ward).
Also known as Tokyo Taiikukan Mae,
the station serves Toei Oedo Line
of Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of
Transportation. Right in front of
the Station is Sendagaya Station
of JR Chuo-Sobu Line.
in Japanese means National Stadium.
Therefore, Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station
means National Stadium Station.
It is called by this name because
the station lies close to the Stadium
just 2 minutes' walk away.
Tokyo National Stadium is located
in the center of Tokyo, within easy
access of three subway stations
and Yoyogi) and two above ground
train stations (Sendagaya and Shinanomachi).
It was completed in 1958 on the
site of former Meiji Shrine Outer
Park Stadium. The first event of
the stadium was the 1958 Asian Games.
The other major events held here
were the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the
1967 Universiade, the 1967 World
Track & Field Championships,
and the 1991 World Athletics Championships.
Today this 60,000 capacity facility
holds all the major Japanese soccer
events besides other national events.
within the Stadium is the Prince
Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum
. This museum, named after
Emperor Hirohito's brother, Prince
Yashuhito Chichibu, displays different
kinds of sporting goods. The main
exhibition of the museum is The
Olympic Games and Japan. Here, visitors
can see various torches, medals,
mascots, uniforms, and several other
memorabilia related to the Olympic
Games and its history. Other exhibits
include a wide range of paraphernalia
related to various sports like soccer,
rugby, archery, and traditional
Japanese sports like kemari
and sumo among many
others. There is also a mini-theater
that shows sporting films, besides
a library with about 30,000 books
and 60,000 magazines – all on sports.
The Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports
Museum is a must for all sports
just across from Kokuritsu-Kyogijo
Station is the Tokyo
Metropolitan Gymnasium. This world-class
sporting complex was built in 1954
for the World Wrestling Championship.
Designed by architect
Fumihiko Maki, the building has
a futuristic look. The Gymnasium
complex consists of three buildings
- a large arena, a small arena,
and a swimming pool, all connected
by a two-level stone plaza.
dominant structure of not only the
complex, but the whole neighborhood,
is the large arena. Its striking
feature is the roof, which has curved
intersecting surfaces that gives
it a complex geometric shape. The
entire surface of the roof has a
diameter of 150 meters. This arena,
which can hold 10,000 people, hosts
various national and international
sporting events and concerts.
smaller arena can hold 900 people.
The main part of this arena lies
below ground level, but its stepped
roof rises above the plaza. Its
cube-like shapes and structure stand
in contrast to the curved ones of
the larger arena.
third building has a third shape
– it's rectangular in shape with
concrete below and glass block above.
The roof is made of translucent
teflon and has a curved arched shape.
This building houses an indoor Olympic
size swimming pool.
National Noh Theater, devoted to
presenting noh , the classical
Japanese dance-drama, and its accompanying
comic drama form kyogen ,
was opened in 1983. The main stage
of the theater features the traditional
roof-covered thrust stage. The theater
can seat 591 people divided on two
sides of the stage. On the upper
floor is the Rehearsal Stage with
a floor seating for 250 people.
On this same floor is an Exhibit
Hall with noh -related
exhibits. There is also a library
with an audio-visual corner with
noh -related books and
displays, besides a restaurant where
visitors can have soft drinks and
theater produces three to five performances
a month. A very popular theater,
it attracts fans from all over Tokyo.
The National Noh Theater is located
just 5 minutes walk from Kokuritsu-Kyogijo
Mori Hachiman Shrine
Mori Hachiman Shrine is situated a
few minutes' walk from Kokuritsu-Kyogijo
Station. The shrine grounds are a
peaceful place in the middle of the
bustling city center with many pine
trees as old as 300 years. Inside
the shrine is a stage for performances
of traditional Japanese art forms.
On the shrine grounds next to the
shrine building, is a small hillock
with steps that lead up to a plateau.
From here visitors can have a beautiful
view of Mt. Fuji. This small shrine
is visited by many devotees each day
as it holds great historical importance.