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Nihonbashi (“ϊ–{‹΄, literally "Japan Bridge") is a city district of Tokyo, north of Ginza and within walking distance of Tokyo Station. The bridge, after which the district is named, has been the kilometer zero marker for Japan's national highway network since the early Edo Period.

Formerly a wooden bridge, the Nihonbashi was reconstructed in stone during the Meiji Period, and was covered by an expressway in the 1960s. You can cross a partial 1:1 replica of the original wooden bridge in the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku, while a half sized replica of the bridge connects the fourth and fifth floors of the International Terminal at Haneda Airport.

As the "center of Japan", the Nihonbashi district has enjoyed much commercial prosperity over the centuries, and the area has flourished with bustling shops lining the streets and shipping canals (most of which have been filled in in the meantime). Many shops with centuries-long histories are still operating in the district today and make for pleasant strolls. During the Edo Period (1600-1867), the Mitsui family, one of the most powerful merchant families, opened a highly successful textile shop, the Echigoya, in Nihonbashi. Its successor, the Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, became Japan's first department store and still stands in the district's center.

Recent redevelopment projects have revitalized the Nihonbashi district with tasteful new additions. A highlight is the Coredo Muromachi complex with its three elegant skyscrapers that feature shopping and dining in a modern, yet traditional design inspired by the Edo Period heritage of the merchant district. Many of its shops specialize in traditional crafts or local foods from across Japan, such as lacquerware, gold leaf, knives, chopsticks, sake, condiments, seaweed and sweets.

Shopping and dining

Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi

Shops: 10:00 to 19:00
Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00

Coredo Muromachi

Shops: typically 10:00 to 20:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00

Coredo Nihonbashi

Shops: 11:00 to 20:00
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (until 22:00 on weekends and national holidays)

Takashimaya Nihonbashi

Shops: 10:30 to 19:30
Restaurants: 11:00 to 21:30

Museums

Mitsui Memorial Museum

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays and a small number of irregular closures
Admission: 1000 yen (or 1500 yen for special exhibition)

Currency Museum

Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Mondays (except national holidays), December 29 to January 4
Admission: Free

Other attractions

Tokyo Stock Exchange

Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Weekends, national holidays, December 31 to January 3
Admission: Free

Getting there and around

Nihonbashi Station on the Ginza, Tozai and Asakusa subway lines or Mitsukoshimae Station on the Hanzomon and Ginza subway lines bring you into the very center of the Nihonbashi district. Nihonbashi can also be accessed in a 5-10 minute walk from the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station.

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    • Hotel K5
      Luxury
      Just a 5-minute walk from Nihombashi Station, Hotel K5 offers accommodation in a renovated historical building that is built in 1924. The hotel provides restaurants, cafes and room service. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with a seating area, desk, soundproofing and private bathroom. A record player with vinyl record collection is featured in each room. For guests' comfort, Hotel K5 provides a minibar, complimentary toiletries, slippers and pajamas. Some suites include a dining area, seating area and stand-alone bathtub. The 24-hour front desk offers concierge service and free luggage storage.
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    • Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
      Luxury
      Boasting fine restaurants and an award-winning spa on the 37th floor, Mandarin Oriental offers 5-star luxury in the historical Nihonbashi area in the heart of Tokyo. Among the most spacious in Tokyo, rooms feature gorgeous city views. Mitsukoshimae Subway Station and JR Shin-Nihonbashi Train Station are directly connected to the hotel. Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo pair wide windows with chic design inspired by Japanese aesthetics. A full range of modern amenities are offered, including a satellite flat-screen TV. All rooms boast a sofa, seating area and desk, while bathrooms have a large bathtub and separate shower. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Stock Exchange and an 8-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station. Ginza area is a 5-minute subway ride and the Imperial Palace is a 3-minute subway ride away. Akihabara Electric Town and the popular Tsukiji Fish Market are both within a 10-minute drive or taxi ride from the property. Guests can work out to city views at the 38th-floor fitness room, or relax in the hot tub or sauna. The spa offers exclusive Asian and Western-fusion treatments in a tranquil setting. The hotelfs concierge helps with sightseeing. Among the hotelfs 9 dining options is Sushi Shin by Miyakawa, offering edomae-style sushi and skyline views. Cantonese and French cuisines also tempt the tongue. Mandarin Bar pours cool cocktails. The Michelin starred Tapas Molecular Bar is open for both lunch and dinner.
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    • Sakura Cross Hotel Tokyo Kayabacho
      Mid-range
      Located in Tokyo, 300 metres from Zuiken Kawamura Former Residence Place Monument, Sakura Cross Hotel Tokyo Kayabacho provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property is around 700 metres from Takao Inari Shrine, 400 metres from Yasube Taketsune Horibe Monument and 700 metres from Edo Bay Opening Port Monument. The property is non-smoking and is set 400 metres from Shinkawa Historic Place Monument. At the hotel, each room includes a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All units will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near Sakura Cross Hotel Tokyo Kayabacho include War Disaster Memorial Service Monument, Oiwa Inari Shrine and Bank of Japan Origin Place Monument. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • Ito Ryokan
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Ito Ryokan is set in Tokyo, 200 metres from Revival Monument of Japanese Traditional Chinese Medicine and 200 metres from Amazake Yokocho Shopping Street. Among the facilities at this property are full-day security and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation offers a concierge service and a housekeeping service for guests. At the ryokan, the units have a wardrobe. Units are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, and some units at the ryokan have a safety deposit box. At the ryokan, all units are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the ryokan can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Popular points of interest near Ito Ryokan include Genyadana Monument, Sankatsu Yukata Museum and Koamicho Children's Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from the accommodation.
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    • MIMARU SUITES Tokyo NIHOMBASHI
      Luxury
      Set in the Chuo Ward district in Tokyo, MIMARU SUITES Tokyo NIHOMBASHI offers 4-star rooms with free WiFi. The property is around 400 metres from Revival Monument of Japanese Traditional Chinese Medicine, 600 metres from Jisshi Park and 700 metres from Koamicho Children's Park. The property is non-smoking and is situated 300 metres from Genyadana Monument. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At MIMARU SUITES Tokyo NIHOMBASHI all rooms include bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sankatsu Yukata Museum, Suginomori Shrine and Amazake Yokocho Shopping Street. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 19 km from MIMARU SUITES Tokyo NIHOMBASHI.
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    • MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI
      Luxury
      Located in Tokyo, within 200 metres of Yasube Taketsune Horibe Monument and 500 metres of Tokyo Shoken Building Inc., MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI offers accommodation with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is situated 700 metres from Oiwa Inari Shrine, 600 metres from Zuiken Kawamura Former Residence Place Monument and less than 1 km from Edo Bay Opening Port Monument. The property is non-smoking and is set 200 metres from War Disaster Memorial Service Monument. The units come with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. Guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a private bathroom and bed linen. Popular points of interest near MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI include Monument of Armor Tribute Site, Sakuragawa Monument and Koamicho Children's Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • MIMARU TOKYO NIHOMBASHI SUITENGUMAE
      Luxury
      MIMARU Tokyo Nihombashi Suitengumae is located within 1 hour of Narita Airport and 30 minutes of Haneda Airport. This hotel is also a 4-minute walk from Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT) which has direct limousine busses to both airports. Ningyocho and Nihombashi are within walking distance from MIMARU Suitengumae. Both shopping districts are great for purchasing Japanese-style souvenirs. In addition, there are direct lines from Suitengumae Station to Shibuya and Tokyo Skytree which is the worldfs largest tower. MIMARU Tokyo Nihombashi Suitengumae offers free WiFi throughout the property. The units at the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. All rooms have a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. Guest rooms feature a seating area.
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    • Hamacho Hotel Tokyo
      Mid-range
      Set in Tokyo, within 300 metres of Masago Monument and 500 metres of Site of Mutsu Munemitsu Residence, Hamacho Hotel Tokyo offers accommodation with a bar. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is located 600 metres from Revival Monument of Japanese Traditional Chinese Medicine. The units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Each room includes a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV, and certain units at Hamacho Hotel Tokyo have a terrace. At the accommodation all rooms come with bed linen and towels. Hamacho Hotel Tokyo can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Amazake Yokocho Shopping Street, Genyadana Monument and Basho Inari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from Hamacho Hotel Tokyo.
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    • MIMARU Tokyo STATION EAST
      Luxury
      Attractively situated in the Chuo Ward district of Tokyo, MIMARU Tokyo STATION EAST is set 200 metres from War Disaster Memorial Service Monument, 500 metres from Sakuragawa Monument and 600 metres from Oiwa Inari Shrine. The 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is situated 100 metres from Yasube Taketsune Horibe Monument. The rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area. At MIMARU Tokyo STATION EAST rooms have bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Edo Bay Opening Port Monument, Tokyo Shoken Building Inc. And Shinkawa Historic Place Monument. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 16 km from MIMARU Tokyo STATION EAST.
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    • MONday Apart “ϊ–{‹΄…“V‹{‘O
      Luxury
      MONday Apart “ϊ–{‹΄…“V‹{‘O is situated in the Chuo Ward district of Tokyo, 500 metres from Takao Inari Shrine, 500 metres from Bank of Japan Origin Place Monument and 700 metres from Monument of Armor Tribute Site. This 4-star aparthotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a lift. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All units are fitted with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. At the aparthotel, units include bed linen and towels. If you would rather not eat out, you can make use of the kitchen facilities, which include a stovetop and kitchenware. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Koamicho Children's Park, War Disaster Memorial Service Monument and Zuiken Kawamura Former Residence Place Monument. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 17 km from MONday Apart “ϊ–{‹΄…“V‹{‘O.
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