Nihombashi

This area adjacent to Tokyo Station is a hub of commerce and finance since the pre-modern Edo period. Long-established stores and restaurants, and buildings designated important cultural properties testify to the area’s history.

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The Nihom-bashi Bridge nameplate features the handwriting of Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu

Nihombashi flourished as a mercantile district since the eponymous bridge was designated the starting point for the Five Routes of the Edo period (1603–1868). Home to office buildings, department stores, and long-established businesses, the area remains a hub of commerce and finance today. Chuo-dori Street is lined with examples of celebrated Japanese architecture—Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, known as Japan’s first department store, and Takashimaya Nihombashi Store and the Bank of Japan Headquarters designated important cultural properties—as well as specialty stores and traditional restaurants founded in the Edo period. The nostalgic Ningyocho is as famous for long-standing businesses as it is for Suitengu Shrine, dedicated to prayers of conception and childbirth; and the ceramics, doll, and pickled vegetable fairs synonymous with their respective seasons.

Ningyocho remains home to traditional craft stores and long-standing restaurants

Historic architecture is a highlight of Nihombashi

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