Nihonbashi (日本橋, literally "Japan Bridge") is a city district of Tokyo, just north of Ginza and northeast of Marunouchi and 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, katsuobushi, seaweed and sweets.
Shopping and Dining
Shops: 10:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00
The first department store in Japan, construction of Mitsukoshi's current seven 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 Closed: typically January 1
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 21:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 Everything closes one hour earlier on weekends and national holidays Closed: January 1
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 21:30
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: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) 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 at the TSE Historical Museum.
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 500 metres from Oiwa Inari Shrine, 600 metres from Bank of Japan Origin Place Monument and 700 metres from Takao Inari Shrine. Each room is equipped with a balcony. At the hotel, each room includes a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All units will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near Sakura Cross Hotel Tokyo Kayabacho include Shinkawa Historic Place Monument, Sailor Education Origin Place Monument and War Disaster Memorial Service Monument. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 13 km from the accommodation.
In a prime location in the Chuo Ward district of Tokyo, MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI is set 200 metres from War Disaster Memorial Service Monument, 400 metres from Yasube Taketsune Horibe Monument and 700 metres from Tokyo Shoken Building Inc.. This property is located a short distance from attractions such as Kyoka Square, Edo Bay Opening Port Monument, and Zuiken Kawamura Former Residence Place Monument. The hotel features family rooms. The units come with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. Featuring a private bathroom with a bath and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also provide guests with free WiFi. Guest rooms will provide guests with a stovetop. Popular points of interest near MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI include Monument of Armor Tribute Site, Sakuragawa Monument and Oiwa Inari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 14 km from the accommodation.
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.
Boasting a restaurant, bar, garden and free WiFi, Hotel Yaenomidori Tokyo is situated in Tokyo, 300 metres from Yasube Taketsune Horibe Monument and 400 metres from Kyoka Square. Popular points of interest nearby include National Film Archive of Japan, Teppozu Inari Shrine and Kyobashi Edogrand. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage for guests. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At Hotel Yaenomidori Tokyo rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Yaenomidori Tokyo include War Disaster Memorial Service Monument, Tokyo Shoken Building Inc. And Sakuragawa Monument. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 13 km from the hotel.
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.
Featuring a bar, Hamacho Hotel Tokyo is set in Tokyo in the Tokyo-to region, 400 metres from Masago Monument and 600 metres from Site of Mutsu Munemitsu Residence. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space for guests. The units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. At Hamacho Hotel Tokyo all rooms come with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Revival Monument of Japanese Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hamacho Park and Amazake Yokocho Shopping Street. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 14 km from Hamacho Hotel Tokyo.
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.
Located within 2 km of Edo Tokyo Museum and 2 km of Marunouchi Building, 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 luggage storage space and a coin launderette. The property is situated 2.3 km from Kachidoki Bridge and 3 km from Japan Imperial Palace. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 14 km from the property.
Open from 1 April 2018 and located within an 11-minute walk of Marunouchi Building and an 18-minute walk of Kachidoki Bridge, Hotel Intergate Tokyo Kyobashi offers rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Tokyo. This 3-star hotel offers a restaurant. The property provides a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi is available throughout the property. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. Japan Imperial Palace is 1.9 km from Hotel Intergate Tokyo Kyobashi, while National Diet Building is 2.3 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 13 km from the accommodation.
Open from July 2016, Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo features cosy units, an on-site bar and free WiFi throughout the property. It is conveniently situated next to Hatchobori Train Station. JR Tokyo Station and the Kabukiza Theatre are around a 17-minute walk away. Dormitory rooms are simply furnished and are equipped with air conditioning and heating facilites. Bathroom facilities are shared. There is a shared kitchen and a lounge at Tokyo Hostels Wise Owl. Free luggage storage is available at the 24-hour front desk. Grab a fresh cup of coffee at Wise Owl Cafe or enjoy alcoholic beverages at Howl bar. The on-site restaurant, serving local dishes, is open for lunch and dinner hours. Guests can make a visit to the popular shopping district Ginza, a 10-minute walk from the property. Tokyo International Forum is 17-minutes' away on foot, while Haneda Airport is a 36-minute train ride away on the Keikyu Airport Line.