Nihonbashi, Tokyo.  A place where you can enjoy shopping and exploring Japanese history at the same time!

Nihonbashi is a place located in Tokyo, Japan, that is only a 10-minute commute by train from the Tokyo Station and 3 minutes by train from Ginza Station. With over 100 years of history, Nihonbashi flourished as a castle town since the Edo period and there are many shops located throughout. Moreover, there are also many department stores such as the "Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store"; it is also famous with locals as a popular shopping area. This time, we are going to briefly discuss the Nihonbashi's history, attraction spots and highlights.

Nihonbashi's history

1: The birth of Nihonbashi fish market 

The birth of Nihonbashi fish market

Nihonbashi flourished as a castle town since the days of the Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo period. It is said that this town was originally started from "Nihonbashi Fish Market" where fishermen from Osaka came to sell fish. Starting from the sale of fish, things such as cutlery, dried goods, and dried fish were born due to the growth of restaurants in the town. There are stores that still continue their business in Nihonbashi after 100 years, and these stores are called "Shinise". Their customers are not only from the local villages; there are also many customers come all the way from far towns just to shop at here.

2: Post Offices and Banks. It developed as a financial district.

Post Offices and Banks. It developed as a financial district.

Nihonbashi is the place where people crowd for money and business, it is said to be the center of the local economy. Therefore, this town has also successfully developed as a financial district. In 1871, Ekiteishi (current Ministry of Posts) and Yubinyakusho (current Tokyo Central Post Office) were established in Nihonbashi. After that, Japan's first National Bank "Daiichi Kokuritsu Ginko" and Tokyo Stock Exchange were established in this Nihonbashi as well. If you walked around in the town, you can still feel the busy atmosphere from those days.

Post Offices and Banks. It developed as a financial district.

The night view is very beautiful, featuring the high, stone-built buildings with stone-built high buildings that line the streets. Compared to Shibuya and Shinjuku, you can experience a more enjoyable walk through the town as it is not too crowded and the road is wide.

Shopping facilities in Nihonbashi

Shopping facilities in Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi is also known for having many big shopping facilities. The most famous among them is "Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store". The current building was completed in 1935 with elegant renaissance characteristics and was listed as an important cultural property of the country in 2016.

Furthermore, there are also "COREDO Muromachi" which has a movie theater, "Nihonbashi Takashimaya S. C." which was just renewed in September, 2018, so it can be said that it is the perfect area for you to find out about the latest trends in Japan.

Highlights of Nihonbashi

Highlights of Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi is located in the center of the city. You can take a relaxing ride on the Nihonbashi Cruise from Nihonbashi River to explore the city from the water. 

Highlights of Nihonbashi

You can see the Kirin statue in the middle of Nihonbashi. The town is clouded with a beautiful and fantastic atmosphere when it is lit up at night.

Highlights of Nihonbashi

The town is wrapped in fantastic atmosphere when it is lighted up at night.

Nihonbashi is the center of the Japanese economy that has been continuing for over 100 years. Let's try to enjoy some shopping while enjoying the cityscape here in Nihonbashi.

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