The original NHK Hall opened in 1955 at a location in Tokyo’s Uchisaiwai-cho district. Several live programs were broadcast from the hall, such as Song Plaza, Kōhaku Uta Gassen, and Personal Secrets. In 1973, a new NHK Hall was established in Shibuya, Tokyo at the site of NHK’s new headquarters, the NHK Broadcasting Center.
The acoustics for the hall were designed by Minoru Nagata, later of Nagata Acoustics, while TOA Corporation provided the hall’s sound equipment.
On April 9, 2019, it announced that it will be closed for a long period from March 2021 to June 2022 for earthquake-proof construction and renovation. The 72nd NHK Kouhaku Utagassen, scheduled to be broadcast on December 31, 2021, will be held at the Tokyo International Forum.