Nihonbashi, the commercial heart of Tokyo, is characterized by shiny high-rises, chic boutiques and global brands housed in quintessentially Japanese buildings.

Historic commercial district

The district derives its name from the historic arched bridge built over the Nihonbashi River. The bridge originally constructed from wood in the 17th century was replaced with a stone bridge in 1911 during the Meiji Restoration.

Nihonbashi was also provided with several canals that facilitated speedy movement of goods and cargo. As modern means of transport evolved, the canals were filled up; however, you can still find business establishments that have existed for over 300 years.

Modern hub cloaked in tradition

The Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi was Japan’s first department store with a history dating back to the Edo period. The Coredo Muromachi features three elegant towers which are home to everything Japanese – handicrafts, snacks, souvenirs, seaweed and more.

Other must-visit places at Nihonbashi include the Currency Museum Bank of Japan, the Tokyo Kite Museum and the Mitsui Memorial Museum. Those seeking good fortune can head to the Shichifujikin, a complex of seven shrines dedicated to seven deities of good fortune.