Nihonbashi (日本橋, 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
Shops: 10:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00
Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi can be called the first department store in Japan. Construction of Mitsukoshi's current 7-story flagship store was completed in 1935 and was later designated as a historic structure in 1999. There is an adjacent 10-story annex building that has direct connections on a few floors. It is possible to spend an entire day shopping here, and many of its shops are decidedly high-end.
Shops: typically 10:00 to 21:00 Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00
Located just across the street from the Mitsukoshi department store, Coredo Muromachi is a newly redeveloped shopping and dining complex comprising of multiple elegant skyscrapers. The trendy area has a modern, yet traditional style inspired by the district's past. Many of its stores offer traditional goods and foods from across Japan, and some have operated in the district for many centuries.
Shops: 11:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (until 22:00 on weekends and national holidays)
Located just beside Nihonbashi Subway Station, Coredo's approx. 50 shops and restaurants are spread across the lower five floors of the large building.
Shops: 10:30 to 19:30 Restaurants: 11:00 to 21:00
The Takashimaya Nihonbashi store is housed in a nostalgia-evoking Western-style building from 1933 and is the first department store designated an important cultural property. A contrast-rich extension of the store took place in September 2018 with the opening of two new, adjacent buildings that increased the store's floor space by 50%.
Mitsui Memorial Museum
Hours: 11:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays and a small number of irregular closures Admission: 1000 yen (or 1300 yen for special exhibition)
The museum has elegant exhibition galleries in which objects are displayed from the art collection of the Mitsui family, the same family that opened the nearby Mitsukoshi department store. The museum was opened in 2005 and has regularly changing themed exhibitions and a reconstruction of a teahouse. It is located in the Mitsui Tower complex that also houses the Mandarin Oriental on its top floors.
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00) Closed: Mondays (except national holidays), December 29 to January 4 Admission: Free
Located in an annex building across the street from the Bank of Japan, the museum was opened in 1982 to commemorate the bank's centenary. A detailed history of currency in Japan is displayed, and there are plenty of interesting historical coins and bills on display.
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00) Closed: Weekends, national holidays, December 31 to January 3 Admission: Free
Located not far from the Nihonbashi Bridge, the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) is open to the public on trading days. Visitors can view the trading center from the visitors' gallery located one story above, participate in a simulated stock trading game, and learn about the history of the Japanese securities market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. This hotel has been awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2016 and Certificate of Excellence 2016. 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’s concierge helps with sightseeing. Among the hotel’s 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.
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’s 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, hairdryer and free toiletries. Guest rooms feature a seating area. This hotel offers a coin launderette. Housekeeping service is offered on 4th day, 7th day, and after that every 3 days after check in.Towels and some amenities are provided everyday including cleaning dustbins.
Situated in the centre of Tokyo, GATE STAY Premium Nihonbashi is close to sights such as Ryoshainari Shrine, Daiichi Sankyo Kusuri Museum and Yanagi Inari Shrine. Complimentary WiFi is offered throughout the property and private parking is available on site. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also featured, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include COREDO Muromachi 1, Takarada Ebisu Shrine and Ozu History Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 19 km from GATE STAY Premium Nihonbashi.
In a prime location in the Chuo Ward district of Tokyo, MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI is located 200 metres from Yasube Taketsune Horibe Monument, 500 metres from Tokyo Shoken Building Inc. And 700 metres from Monument of Armor Tribute Site. This property is situated a short distance from attractions such as Zuiken Kawamura Former Residence Place Monument, Edo Bay Opening Port Monument, and National Film Archive of Japan. 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, free toiletries and a wardrobe. With a private bathroom equipped with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at the hotel also provide guests with free WiFi. At MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI every room has bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sakuragawa Monument, Koamicho Children's Park and Oiwa Inari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 17 km from MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI.
Situated 500 metres from Takao Inari Shrine in Tokyo, GATE STAY NIHONBASHI SUITENGUMAE features accommodation with air conditioning and free WiFi. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, shower and free toiletries, while the kitchen has a fridge, a microwave and a stovetop. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Bank of Japan Origin Place Monument, Monument of Armor Tribute Site and Koamicho Children's Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 17 km from GATE STAY NIHONBASHI SUITENGUMAE.
Open from September 2018, located within a 11-minute walk from Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit and 1.9 km of Japan Imperial Palace, Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier features accommodation with a bar. The property is directly connected to Shin-Nihombashi Station and Mitsukoshimae Station. All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The units will provide guests with a fridge. The front desk is located on the 9th floor. Guests can relax in the public bath. Guests can reach Shibuya and Shinjuku in 30 minutes by train. Yasukuni Shrine is 2.8 km from Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
Located in Tokyo, 600 metres from Suginomori Shrine, CITAN Hostel provides air-conditioned rooms and a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. The accommodation offers nightclub and luggage storage space. The shared bathroom is equipped with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. CITAN Hostel offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Jisshi Park, Revival Monument of Japanese Traditional Chinese Medicine and Takarada Ebisu Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 28 km from CITAN Hostel.