Nihonbashi - The Starting Point of Japanese Roads and Leading Shopping Area in Tokyo

In the heart of Tokyo there are many shopping areas.

Nihombashi(日本橋) has department stores and a historical bookstore where is very worth shopping.

Nihonbashi - Historical Site from which All Japanese Roads Start

Nihonbashi originally means Japan Bridge, which was built in 1603 as a starting point of the then Go-kaido(五街道, meaning Five Roads).

Now the historical bridge is unfortunately fully covered with Metropolitan Expressway(首都高速道路, Shuto-kosokudoro) which was built in 1964 when Tokyo Olympic Games was held.

So some demand that the expressway is moved into underground so that the bridge becomes an open air bridge again.

Visitors Walking on Nihonbashi

Japanese Road 0km Post near Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi - Leading Shopping Area with Department Store and Bookstore

Nihonbashi is well-known for leading shopping area in Tokyo and Takashimaya(高島屋) Nihonbashi which have been run since 1831(Edo Era!) is a representative department store.

Across the European style department store, there is also a historical bookstore Maruzen(丸善) Nihonbashi opened since 1870 where we can buy any books from technical book to magazin.

Takashimaya Nihonbashi, Well-known Department Store in Japan

Interior of Takashimaya Nihonbashi

Visitors Shopping at Takashimaya Nihonbashi

'Elevator Girl' at Takashimaya Nihonbashi

Department Store is an Amusement Park for Children

Maruzen Nihonbashi, Japanese Famous Bookstore

Visitors Searching for Their Favorite Book in Maruzen Nihonbashi

Useful Website of Nihonbashi Sightseeing 


Access to Nihonbashi Area

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line(東京メトロ銀座線), Tokyo Metro Tozai Line(東京メトロ東西線) and Toei Asakusa Line(都営浅草線) Nihonbashi Station(日本橋)

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Nihonbashi Station

Tokyo Metro Tozai Line Nihonbashi Station

Map around Nihonbashi and Nihonbashi Station

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