Now known as one of the largest corporations in the world, engaging in sectors from banking to shipping and petrochemicals, Mitsui has remained headquartered in Nihonbashi since its heyday as an old mercantile hub in feudal Japan. The impressive headquarters belies the corporation’s origins, which can be traced back to a humble kimono vendor in the 17th century.
Built in 1929, it is one of several iconic structures that you will find lining Chuo-dori Street named an Important Cultural Property, and one of few buildings in Tokyo that survived the allied bombing campaign during the War. Walk to Nihonbashi Bridge, and you will discover how this area became so commercially vital: you will see the terminus of the Five Highways marked here.
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