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Updated: December 9, 2019

A tale of two cities—where traditional Tokyo meets the modern metropolis

Close to Ginza and Tokyo Station, the city district of Nihonbashi blends traditional charm with ultra-modern architecture. A major commercial center in the Edo period (1603-1867), it was the starting point of the five major roads across Japan and distances are still measured from here. Urban planning has largely respected the area's traditional roots, blending modern skyscrapers with shrines, bridges and historic department stores. You will find dazzling kimono stores, specialists in seaweed, soy sauce, gold leaf and steel knives alongside venerable restaurants, re-housed in modern spaces that echo traditional Edo period motifs. Discover Tokyo's traditions behind gleaming facades.

How to Get There

Nihonbashi is centrally located, an easy walk from Tokyo Station and accessible by bus and train. Along with Nihombashi Station, the area is served by Mitsukoshimae, Suitengumae, Kayabacho and Ningyocho stations. Nihombashi Station is on Tokyo Metro's Tozai and Toei Asakusa lines. The area can also be accessed from the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line station of Mitsukoshimae, the Hanzomon Line station of Suitengumae, the Tozai Line station of Kayabacho and the Hibiya and Toei Asakusa Line station of Ningyocho.

From Haneda Airport: 25 minutes by Limousine Bus to Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT) or 35 minutes by train.
From Narita Airport: 90 minutes by Limousine Bus to Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT) or 80 minutes by train.
From Shinjuku Station: Take Tokyo Metro's Marunouchi Line to Akasaka-mitsuke. Transfer to the Ginza Line to Nihombashi Station. Total journey time: 31 minutes.
From Tokyo Station: Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station. Transfer to the Ginza Line to Nihombashi Station. Total journey time: 13 minutes.

Shop in style

Two of Japan's oldest department stores—Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya—dominate the area and anchor the main street on either side of the stone Nihonbashi Bridge. Browse high-end products blended with peerless customer service in these 1930s edifices or visit the gleaming modern Coredo Muromachi building for a blend of traditional specialist stores, modern crafts and fashionable restaurants. The backstreets are filled with independent retailers selling everything from traditional sweets to bespoke chopsticks.

Cultural crossroads

Explore Tokyo's labyrinthine waterways on one of the river cruises starting near the Nihonbashi Bridge. Alternatively, stay on dry land and join one of Coredo Muromachi's Cultural Experience Tours, including tea ceremony, wearing kimono or making traditional crafts. With the wealth of the banking and commercial sectors, Nihonbashi has world-class museums and galleries, including the Mitsui Memorial Museum housing traditional treasures and the Tokyo Kite Museum, with 3,000 unique paper kites.

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