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Nihonbashi

NihonbashiNihonbashi map Nihonbashi is the northeastern area of Tokyo station.
Nihonbashi River flows through this area, and the bridge named "Nihonbashi" crosses over the river in the center of the area.

In 1604, Edo government determined that the starting point of all main roads from Tokyo was set here.
Even now the following 7 National Routes start from here.

Route 1 (to Osaka)
Route 4 (to Aomori)
Route 6 (to Sendai)
Route 14 (to Chiba)
Route 15 (to Yokohama)
Route 17 (to Niigata)
Route 20 (to Shiojiri in Nagano Prefecture)

Because here was the important place of traffic, commerce had developed.
So old established department stores and many various stores are still in this area.
There are the department stores, Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya, with period building in this area.
However, a new commercial complex, COREDO Nihonbashi, was built in 2004.

And since the late 19th century, Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) and Tokyo Stock Exchange were established in this area.
So Nihonbashi is the financial center of Japan.

Nihonbashi bridge /1/

Nihonbashi bridge"Nihonbashi" means "Japan's bridge" itsself.
It is a stone bridge about 49 meters long, and was built in 1911.
The first bridge was built in 1603, and it is said that it was a simple bridge of only two woods. Since that, the bridge was rebuilt 19 times.
On the parapets, there are the statues of imaginary Chinese animals by a famous sculptor.
And there is the sign of starting point of the roads near the bridge.

The bridge seems antique and elegant, but the Metropolitan Highway runs just over the bridge along the river.
So it spoils the sight.

Tokyo Stock Exchange /2/

Sakurada-mon geteIt is located 0.3 km east of Nihonbashi bridge. It is one of the world's three largest stock exchenges, along with London and New York.
Its operating hours are from 9:00 to 11:00 am, and from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.
There is the visitor facility "TSE Arrows", so we can look around about the trading floor.

This address is "Nihonbashi-kabutocho". "Kabutocho" is synonymous with stock market in Japan, so it is like Wall Street in New York.
Around Kabutocho, many securities houses are concentrated.

Tokyo Stock Exchange official website
The page of TSE Arrows

Bank of Japan /3/

Bank of JapanIt is the headquarters of central bank in Japan located 0.3 km north west of Nihonbashi bridge.
It issues Japanese notes and coins. And it administers financial policies such as operation of the official discount rate and open-market operations.
In Japanese, "Bank of Japan" is called "Nippon Ginko". This Japanese spelling is wriiten on each bank note.

It has old and new buildings. The old building was built in 1896, and is designated as a nationally important cultural property. (It is near the new big building, so it looks relatively poor for me...).

The guided tours in the bank are held 4 times a day, but we need the reservation by phone at least a week before.

Bank of Japan official website

Currency Museum /4/

Currency MuseumIt is the museum displaying currencies of Japan and other contries. It is located south of Bank of Japan, and belongs to the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies of the Bank.
We can learn also the history of Japanese currency.
Additionally we can have an experience that we lift the bundles of notes of 100 million yen ! (Of course, they are replicas.)

Currency Museum official website

Kite Museum /5/

Kite MuseumIt is a museum of traditional Japanese kites. About 3,000 kites are exhibited.
This museum is on the 5th floor in the building of a popular western dish restaurant "Taimeiken". The kites has been collected by the former master of this restaurant.
It is located about 200 meters southeast of Nihonbashi bridge.
(Because the tables in Taimeiken are mainly full, there may be a line in front of there.)

Japan Kite Association official website : The website by the promoter of Kite Museum

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How to get to here

To Nihonbashi bridge

  • From Tokyo station, about 10-15 minutes on foot.
  • Near the following subway stations.
    Mitsukoshi-mae (Ginza, Hanzomon Lines) / Nihonbashi (Ginza, Tozai, Asakusa Lines)

To Tokyo Stock Change

  • Near the following subway stations.
    Kayabacho (Hibiya, Tozai Lines) / Nihonbashi (Ginza, Tozai, Asakusa Lines)

By Tokyo Shitamachi Bus

  • Get off at Nihonbashi-Mitsukoshi stop. It is in front of Mitsukoshi. From Tokyo station, about 7 minutes.



Nihonbashi bridge
The sign of starting point of roads
Tokyo Stock Exchange Trading floor from TSE arrows
Bank of Japan Currency Museum
Display in Currency Museum 100 million yen in Currency Museum
Mitsukoshi in Nihonbashi
Takashimya in Nihonbashi
COREDO Nihonbashi


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