Mitsukoshimae - Prestigious Department Store Mitsukoshi and The Heart of Bank Business in Japan

On my article Nihonbashi - The Starting Point of Japanese Roads and Leading Shopping Area in Tokyo, I introduced Nihonbashi(日本橋) Area, a famous shopping area in the heart of Tokyo.

Like Nihombashi there is also a historical department store around Mitsukoshimae Station(三越前).

Mitsukoshimae - Enjoy Shopping at Mitsukoshi, Traditional Department Store

The station name 'Mitsukoshimae' means 'in front of Mitsukoshi (Department Store)'.

Mitsukoshi was opened firstly as a clothing store 'Echigoya(越後屋)' by Takatoshi Mitsui(三井高利) in 1673, and then developed into department store in 1904 and became one of the most famous department store in Japan.

We can even now enjoy shopping many brand's shops at the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi(日本橋三越)'s department store building which was built in 1935 and have been registered as National Important Cultural Properties.

Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, One of The Most Traditional Department Store in Japan 

Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, One of The Most Traditional Department Store in Japan

Lion Statue, Symbol of Mitsukoshi 

Inside of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi

Organist Playing Pipe Organ behind Magokoro Staute(天女像, Magokoro Zo) in Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi

Wind Bells(風鈴, Furin) Ringing in a shop at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi

Yukata(浴衣, Kimono for Summer) Shop at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi

Website of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi 

(Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Korean are also available)

Mitsukoshimae - The Heart of Bank Business in Japan

Historical building around Mitsukoshimae Station is not only Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi.

Across the traditional building there is Mitsui Main Building(三井本館, Mitsui Honkan) built in 1929 have also been registered as National Important Cultural Properties.

Mitsukoshi's founder Takatoshi Mitsui also started up currency exchange business in 1683, which has led to a big bank company well-known as Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation(三井住友銀行, Mitsui Sumitomo Ginko) now.

Inside Mitsui Main Building SMBC run a business as on e of the branches even now.

Next to Mitsui Main Building, there also stands Bank of Japan(日本銀行, Nippon Ginko) Head Office, the central bank of Japan.

Mitsui Main Building

Bank of Japan Head Office

Mitsukoshimae - Currency Museum Across Bank of Japan Head Office Buildings

Bank of Japan have published Japanese bills and coins, and Currency Museum(貨幣博物館, Kahei Hakubutsukan) shows us a history of Japanese currency.

Currency Museum

Visit Information of Currency Museum 

Opening Hours
9:30 - 16:30

Mondays (open when Monday is a holiday)
New Year's Holidays (29 Dec. - 4 Jan.)


Other Information
No Photos Permitted


Access to Mitsukoshimae

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line(東京メトロ銀座線) and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line(東京メトロ半蔵門線) Mitsukoshimae Station(三越前)

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Nihonbashi Station

Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line Mitsukoshimae Station

Map around Mitsukoshimae Station

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