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Nihonbashi

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Nihonbashi
Currently located near Tokyo Station, Nihonbashi used to be the starting point to connect Tokaido from the Edo period. The Nihonbashi we see today is a renovation completed in 1911, which was the 44th year and the last year of Meiji. As it mark the start of the autonomy, it becomes the symbol of Japan as a powerful country. The bronze statue at the bridgehead symbolizes the rise of Japanese society. Nihonbashi is the starting point of the five main streets that run through Japan. The urban planning was carefully developed that it preserves historical tradition by integrating of temples, bridges, and ancient stores with modern skyscrapers. There are not only old-fashioned restaurants in Edo style, but also gorgeous ancient shops selling daily necessities such as kimono, seaweed, soy sauce, gold foil, and kitchen knives. Moreover, there are Takashimaya, MITSUKOSHI, the headquarters of Bank of Japan, and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.



Transportation to Nihonbashi
Nihonbashi is located in the center of Tokyo, and can be easily reached by walking from the Tokyo station or by bus or train. Both Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and Toei Asakusa Line arrive at the Nihonbashi station. You can take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line at Mitsukoshimae Sta.; Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line at Suitengumae Sta.; Tokyo Metro Tozai Line at Kayabacho Sta.; Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Toei Asakusa Line at Ningyocho Station.
From Haneda Airport: 25 minutes by airport shuttle to Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT), or 35 minutes by tram.
From Narita Airport: 90 minutes by airport shuttle to Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT), or 80 minutes by tram.
From Shinjuku Station: Take the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line to Akasaka-Mitsuke Station, transfer to Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to the Nihonbashi station (it takes 31 minutes).
From Tokyo Station: Take JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station, then transfer to Ginza Line to Nihonbashi station (13 minutes).




Department Stores in Nihonbashi
"MITSUKOSHI" and "Takashimaya" are not only two of oldest department stores in Japan but also the representative of Nihonbashi. Both are located on the main road running from north to south, separated by the Nihonbashi. Not only can you enjoy top-notch services and quality goods in department stores built in the 1930s, you can also visit the glorious "COREDO Muromachi", which has many traditional specialty shops, modern craft shops, and fashionable restaurants. In addition, there are various small shops in the alley, selling traditional Japanese pastries and custom-made chopsticks.

Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C.
Takashimaya was born in Kyoto about 190 years ago. Originated as a small shop operated by a couple, who sold second-hand clothing and cotton fabrics, the store later served the royal family in the Meiji era. In 1876, an American trading company that set up a branch in Kobe visited the store. Seizing this opportunity, Takashimaya started cooperating with the foreigners. From 1932 to 1933, Takashimaya opened large-scale modern stores in Osaka and Tokyo. Since then, the brand has successfully become one of the representative department stores in Japan.
Address: 2-4-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8265

Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
Mitsukoshi is the oldest chain store department store in Japan. Due to its fame, the station was named Mitsukoshimae Station. You can come to the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store to see the development of retail industry since Mitsukoshi founded Echigoya in 1673. Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi has a main store and a new store, selling all brands from domestic and international. There is also a tax exemption counter prepared for foreign guests. The stores welcome guest starting 10:30 am.
Address: 1 Chome-4-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-8001, Japan




Mitsui Memorial Museum
The Mitsui Memorial Museum collects more than 4,000 works of art that once belonged to the Mitsui Family, which is quite famous in the Japanese business and financial industry. These works span across three centuries are important Japanese cultural heritage. There is a large collection from the Edo period (1603-1867), including tea ceremony supplies, incense burners, knives, calligraphy works, and Noh clothes. The Mitsui Memorial Museum, opened in 2005, is located on the 7th floor of Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower. A Western-style building constructed in the Showa period (1926-1989), the architecture is designated as an important cultural heritage
Address: Mitsui Main Building, 7th Floor, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022
Hours: 10am to 5pm, entrance until 4:30 pm
Admission: Adults 1000 yen, High school and college students 500 yen.

Takono Museum
Takono Museum is located near Nihonbashi in Chuo-ku. The museum houses about 3,000 kites, including the Edo-style kites, Edo embroidery kites, mini kites, and kites from various countries. Though a private property, it has attracted many Western tourists to visit.
Address: 1 Chome-12-10 Nihonbashi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan
Business hours: 11: 00~17: 00
Closed days: Sundays, holidays, New Year, (sometimes temporarily closed)
Admission: Adults 200 yen / elementary school students, middle school students 100 yen


 
 

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What shopping malls are near Nihonbashi in Tokyo?
    "MITSUKOSHI" and "Takashimaya" are the two of oldest department stores in Japan. Both are located on the main road running from north to south, separated by the Nihonbashi. You enjoy top-notch services and quality goods in department stores built in the 1930s.
  • What is the address of Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C.?
    Takashimaya was born in Kyoto about 190 years ago. Originated as a small shop operated by a couple, who sold second-hand clothing and cotton fabrics, the store later served the royal family in the Meiji era. The address is 2-4-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
  • What is the address of Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store?
    Mitsukoshi is the oldest chain store in Japan. Nihombashi Mitsukoshi has a main store and a new store, selling all brands from domestic and internation. There is also a tax-free counter specially prepared for foreign guests. The address is 1 Chome-4-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo.
  • What are the famous museums in Nihonbashi in Tokyo?
    Nihonbashi not only has many banks and businesses, but also world-class art galleries and galleries, such as the "Mitsui Memorial Museum" that houses traditional Japanese art works, and the "Takono Museum" that displays 3,000 precious paper kites.
  • When does the Mitsui Memorial Museum open?
    Hours: 10am to 5pm, last admission at 4:30 pm. Holidays: Mondays. Admission: Adults 1000 yen, High school and college students 500 yen. The address is Mitsui Main Building, 7th Floor, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
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