Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

A walk from Tokyo Station 1
Walking in Nihonbashi

Tokyo Station→Shin-Nihombashi Station

Start at Tokyo Station, the gateway to the capital city of Tokyo, and make your way around Nihonbashi. A place of unique dignity and energy, the area is home to the Bank of Japan, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store, the Mitsui Main Building and other magnificent institutions that have been the driving force behind Japan's financial and economic power. Nihonbashi has flourished as a center of merchant and tradesman culture since the Edo period, and famous old stores,temples and shrines remain among newer buildings. In recent years, redevelopment has brought large commercial facilities and new attractions to the area. This is the new Nihonbashi.

Start 

Tokyo Station. Yaesu Central Entrance
JR Yamanote Line, Keihintohoku Line, Chuo Line, Yokosuka Line, Sobu Line, etc.

Goal 

Shin-Nihombashi Station. Exit 2
JR Sobu Line

Distance 

about 2.5

Hours 

about 35minuts

Standard time for stopover places 

 2.5 hours
 1 hour
 30 minutes
1 hour

Standard Time of this route 

about 5.5 hours

The illustrated map of this course

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Vol.11 

Tokyo Station →
Shin-Nihonbashi Station

Nihonbashi has been an economic and cultural center of Tokyo since the Edo period. Walk along the vibrant streets where the old and the new coexist.
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Route Description

7mins 500m     Yaesu Street→ Chuo-dori Street

3mins 250m  

5mins 350m    

5mins 350m

4mins 300m   

9mins 600m   Sakura-dori Street →Nichigin-dori Street

2mins 100m

Route Guide

From the Yaesu Central Entrance of Tokyo Station LinkIcon , follow Yaesu Street from the front of the station to the intersection of Chuo-dori Street and Nihonbashi 3-chome.Turn left at this point and continue along Chuo-dori Street for a while until you see the stately Nihombashi Takashimaya Main Building LinkIcon  on your right. After admiring this historic building, cross to the other side of the street and continue on. Pass the Nihombashi Takashimaya New Building on your right, and turn left down a narrow one-way street. At the first corner, turn right and you will find a long-established soba restaurant called  Nihonbashi Yabukyuu LinkIcon  on your right. Here you can savor their famous curry nanban (soba noodle soup with a curry sauce). After filling your stomach, head back to Chuo-dori Street and continue on. Pass the Tokyo Nihonbashi Tower skyscraper and COREDO Nihonbashi on your right, and you'll see  Nihonbashi Bridge LinkIcon . A Metropolitan Expressway runs over the bridge crossing the Nihonbashi River. At the foot of the bridge there's a tourist information center, a dock for cruise boats and a signpost marking the start of Japan's Five Highways. At the second intersection after crossing the bridge, turn right into Muromachi Koji Street. With its underground power lines and cobbled surface, the alleyway has a traditional Japanese feel to it.  The ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM LinkIcon  is located on the right corner just before the Metropolitan Expressway. Here you can enjoy a fantastic display of Japanese goldfish. After leaving the museum, walk a little further back along Muromachi Koji Street and turn right into a one-way street. At the intersection where there's a Starbucks on your right, turn left into the cobbled street. On your left is COREDO Muromachi 2 with its paper lanterns, and on your right are the Mitsui Fukutoku Garden and Fukutoku Jinja Shrine LinkIcon . When you exit through the big red torii gateway of the shrine, turn immediately left and go along the street between COREDO Muromachi 1 and 2. When you reach Edo Sakura-dori Street, turn right and walk across Chuo-dori Street while admiring the historic architecture of the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, Mitsui Main Building and the Main Branch of the Bank of Japan. Returning to Chuo-dori Street, you'll see COREDO Muromachi Terrace on your left, a commercial complex with a large roof plaza. On the second floor you'll find  Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi LinkIcon . After browsing through the extensive bookstore and general store, and enjoying a cup of authentic Taiwanese tea, you can finish your walk for the day. Leave COREDO Muromachi Terrace and your goal, JR Shin-Nihombashi Station LinkIcon , is just outside on the left.
 
 

Guide of Drop-in Spots

Symbols

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment
レストラン・食事処
restaurant
カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe
買い物スポット
shopping spot
宿泊施設
accommodations

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment

レストラン・食事処
restaurant

カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe

買い物スポット
shopping spot

宿泊施設
accommodations

LinkIcon Tokyo Station,

From the Yaesu Central Entrance of JR Tokyo Station 

This terminal station is truly the front door to Tokyo, and is the starting point for all major train lines and Shinkansen (bullet train) lines to various destinations. On the east side is the Yaesu Exit to a commercial district that leads to Nihonbashi and Ginza, and on the west side is the Marunouchi Exit leading to the Marunouchi office district and the Imperial Palace. The Yaesu and Marunouchi Exits are connected by free passages on the ground floor and basement level. At the Marunouchi Exit, you can also see the red-brick Marunouchi Station Building, with its beautiful design and sculptures. At the Yaesu Exit at the start of this stroll there's also the commercial facilities of Gran Tokyo and the Yaesu underground shopping arcade. And near the south exit there's a long-distance express bus terminal.

The Yaesu Exit leads to the downtown areas of Nihonbashi, Ginza and Yurakucho.

The Yaesu Exit has three gates: North, Central, and South.

Shaped like a sail, the large "GranRoof" roof covers the north and south of the Yaesu Exit, creating a pedestrian space full of greenery where you can walk even when it's raining.

The Yaesu Underground Shopping Center is located under Yaesu-dori Street, which runs straight in front of the station.

LinkIcon Nihombashi Takashimaya Main Building

The first department store designated an Important Cultural Property

Takashimaya is one of the most famous department stores in Nihonbashi. The main building, which was completed in 1933 and has been repeatedly extended, is known as a masterpiece of Showa period architecture, incorporating Japanese design elements throughout in a dignified Western style. It was the first department store to be designated an Important Cultural Property due to its size and well-preserved condition. The exterior walls, entrance stairwell, elevator hall and rooftop and other features retain the grand architectural style and beautiful decorations at the time of the building's completion. On the second Friday of every month, the concierge offers free tours of the building (by appointment only). The tours are currently suspended due to the novel coronavirus infection.

The beautifully curved exterior of the Nihombashi Takashimaya Main Building offers an impressive appearance.

The front entrance windows feature Japanese temple architecture designs.

The main entrance leads to a magnificent atrium. The ceiling is in a traditional Japanese lattice style, with stucco sculptures and Romanesque marble pillars, creating an exquisite blend of Japanese and Western styles.

Beautiful curves everywhere. Fossils of ammonites can be found in some of the large Italian marble pillars.

Elevator hall with beautiful marble walls with a wood grain appearance. Even now, the guide operate the elevators manually.

A fountain on the roof that was built in 1933 (Showa 8).

Nihombashi Takashimaya Main Building

Address

2-4-1 Nihombashi Chuo-ku

Tel

03-3211-4111

Closed

No holiday

Hours

10:30~19:30

Access

Direct access from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and Ginza Line Nihombashi Station
4-minute walk from Toei Asakusa Line Nihombashi Station
5-munite walk from JR Tokyo Station Yaesu North exit

Website

https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/nihombashi/

LinkIcon Nihonbashi Yabukyuu

Serving a fragrant soba for more than 100 years 

Founded in 1902, the current owner is the fourth generation of this long-established soba shop. The most delicious and fragrant buckwheat flour from all over Japan at any time of the year is selected. Firm, springy Sotoni soba is made using the traditional foot-kneading method. Many people visit the restaurant to savor these painstakingly prepared soba noodles in a soup made with several kinds of thickly sliced, high quality dried bonito flakes. The signature dish on the menu is curry nanban soba. The secret curry spice and broth, combined with smooth soba noodles and tender meat, make this a popular dish. For those who want to enjoy soba to the fullest, we recommend the All-Soba course for 4,000 yen. This course includes nine buckwheat dishes that you can only enjoy in a soba restaurant.

Operating in the same place since its establishment. The building was built in 1960 (Showa 35).

There are tables and private rooms on the third floor. The steep stairs are typical of the Showa period.

Curry nanban soba, the signature dish. Choose from pork and chicken for 950 yen. The meat of Kagoshima black pig (limited quantity) is 1400 yen. You can also select the spiciness.

The 1000 yen curry seiro is also recommended if you like cold soba.

Nihonbashi Yabukyuu

Address

2-1-19 Nihonbashi Chuo-ku

Tel

03-3271-0829

Closed

Sunday, National Holiday

Hours

Mon~Fri 11:00-16:00(L.O.15:20),17:00-23:00(L.O.22:30)
Sat 11:00-16:00(L.O.15:30),17:00-21:30(L.O.21:00)

Access

2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and Ginza Line Nihonbashi Station B7 Exit
5-minute walk fronJR Tokyo Station Yaesu North Exit

Website

http://www.yabukyu.com/english.html

LinkIcon Nihonbashi Bridge

The starting point of the Five Highways since the Edo period

It's said that Tokugawa Ieyasu built the bridge in 1603 (Keicho 8) when he was constructing a nationwide road network. The following year, it was designated the starting point of five major highways (Gokaido). At that time, a fish market in this area made it one of the busiest places in Edo (the old name for Tokyo). The bridge has been rebuilt many times since then, but the present structure, a stone arch bridge, was built in 1911 (Meiji 44). In addition to the bronze statues guarding the city of Tokyo, Nihonbashi Bridge is decorated with a wonderful blend of Japanese, Chinese and Western styles and is designated an Important Cultural Property. To this day it remains the starting point of seven national highways.

Nihonbashi Bridge, where Chuo-dori Street crosses the Nihonbashi River.

On the four corners and the pillars of the bridge there are bronze statues of Chinese unicorns, called Qilins, representing the prosperity of Tokyo, and lions representing guardians.

A replica of the original zero milestone in the square on the north side of the bridge. The real one is located in the middle of Nihonbashi Street.

There's a tourist information center on the south side where you can find English maps and brochures.

Nihonbashi Bridge

Address

1 chome Nihonbashi~1 chome Muromachi Chuo-ku

Access

1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Hanzomon Line Mitsukoshimae Station B6 Exit
2-munite walk from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and Ginza Line Nihonbashi Station B12 Exit

LinkIcon Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM

Living Japanese art for the senses

Rather than being an aquarium, this is an art museum where you can enjoy the beauty of live goldfish as art. It's a unique exhibition where 30,000 goldfish, the largest number in the world, swim in a spectacular display of light and sound. It gained worldwide recognition as one of Japan's leading contemporary art forms at the Japan Cultural Expo sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The museum has been touring around Japan since 2006, but in August 2020 it opened a permanent exhibition in Nihonbashi. In pursuit of the beauty of Japanese culture, the exhibition features different themes such as a Japanese garden and an Edo period red-light district. Each room also has a different scent to further project art for the senses.

An intricate entrance that promises something special.

Each ceiling is decorated with images of goldfish.

The "Super Oiran" (Oiran Dochu)expresses the glamour of Edo's Hanamachi (geisha districts). The sound of water, light and fragrances let you experience the beauty of the scene with all five senses.

The "Forest of Goldfish" (Kingyo no Mori) is a collection of towering tanks filled with goldfish. It makes you feel as if you're in the water too.

The shop on the second floor has a wide range of small items and sweets with goldfish motifs.

Palet d'Or Poisson Rouge chocolates in the shape of goldfish in five colors and five flavors for 2,200 yen.

A wide range of stylish accessories reflecting Japanese taste. Many of the items can only be purchased here.

Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM

Address

1-3-9 Nihonbashi-honcho Chui-ku

Closed

Irregular Holidays

Hours

10:00~20:00(Last Admission:19:30)( reservation required)

Admission

2300yen 

Access

2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Hanzomon Line Mitsuikoshimae Station A1 Exit
7-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Tozai Line, Toei Asakusa Line Nihombashi Station D4 Exit Station

Website

https://artaquarium.jp/en/

LinkIcon Fukutoku Jinja Shrine

A place to pray for winning the lottery

Fukutoku Shrine has a history of more than 1,100 years, dating back to the Heian period (794-1185) and is said to have been visited by Tokugawa Ieyasu on several occasions. The shrine grounds are said to have been vast, featuring magnificent buildings. The original torii gate was once made of sawtooth with bark from which young shoots sprouted. This led to the shrine being given the alternative name of Mebuki (sprouting) Shrine. Said to bring good fortune, the Shogunate once allowed people to play the lottery at the shrine, and to this day many people come here to pray for a lottery win or to win tickets for live concerts.

■Fukutoku Garden
Next to the shrine is the Fukutoku Garden, a 1,000 square meter open space surrounded by beautiful trees that reflect the changes of the seasons. There are benches and picnic tables where people can take it easy on sunny days. A place of relaxation, it's nestled between buildings in an area continuing to undergo redevelopment. It's also often used for events.

The shrine opposite COREDO Muromachi 2, which is said to bring happiness.

The shrine is dedicated to the gods, including the gods of a good harvest and livelihood.

Shinko Ema is a votive tablet on which a wish is written before the tablet is broken in half. You take one half home, and if your wish comes true you return it to the shrine so that it can be together with the other half. The fee is 800 yen.

A Goshuin (red seal) is available at the award station from 10:00 to 15:00. At first, you will be given a certificate of visitation and no seal will be stamped in your seal book. The fee is 500 yen.

There are picnic tables and other facilities in Fukutoku Garden, where you can relax.

The beautiful stone-paved street between COREDO Muromachi 1 and 2.

Fukutoku Jinja Shrine

Address

2-4-14 Nihonbashimuromachi Chuo-ku

Tel

03-3276-3550

Closed

No holiday

Hours

All time

Access

1-minute walk from JR Shin-Nihonbashi Station
1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza and Hanzomon Line Mitsukoshimae Station A6 Exit

Website

https://mebuki.jp/en/

LinkIcon Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi (Seihinseikatsu Nihonbashi)

A cultural space that originated in Taiwan

The concept is "a cultural wonderland of life and reading". This is the first overseas store of the eslite spectrum brand outside of Taiwan and China. Located on the second floor of the COREDO Muromachi Terrace and centered around a "Literature Corridor" about 30 meters long, the store is home to more than 50 Taiwanese product brands. Here you can find a wide range of books, sundries, foods, craftwork, restaurants and a Taiwanese tea shop, and enjoy cooking demonstrations.There are also some items that pass Japanese histry and culture. Events are often held here, and it has become a place for cultural exchange between Japan and Taiwan.

The large-roofed plaza of COREDO Muromachi Terrace,

The entrance is along Chuo-dori. Take the long escalator to the first floor.

The hub of this store is Seihin bookstore and also sells sundries, stationery, food and other daily necessities.

There are benches here and there in the bookstore, where you can take your time to look through the books.

The bookstore has a special section for Taiwanese books and special projects, and items only available here.

The four corners of the floor are decorated with lights representing spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Taiwanese food, seasonings and rice cookers are sold in the Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi market. You can also eat and drink your purchases on the terrace.

Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi

Address

COREDO Muromachi Terrace 2F 3-2-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi Chuo-ku

Tel

03-6225-2871

Closed

Irregular Holidays

Hours

11:00~20:00(Sat.,Sun. and National holiday ~19:00)

Access

2 min walk from JR Sobu Line Shin-Nihombashi Station Exit 2
A-6Exit Mitsukoshi-mae Station Tokyo Metro GINZA and HANZOMON Line

Website

https://www.eslitespectrum.jp/

Wang De Chuan(王德傳)

A tea house with a long history.

Wang De Chuan was established in Tainan in 1860. All the teas are cultivated on special tea plantations and the leaves are roasted using traditional techniques to reflect the climates and aromas of different regions. The store sells various teas and tea utensils, and tea masters from Taiwan carefully prepare teas in the authentic manner for you to enjoy. Lessons in tea culture are also available.

Wang De Chuan has about 50 kinds of tea caddies filled with carefully selected tea leaves.

There are also a number of small packets for souvenirs, from 1900 yen for 30 g, as well as tea sets are.

Seven kinds of tea prepared by a tea master, served with three kinds of tea cakes. 1280 yen.

It's fun to watch a master's tea ceremony. Tea culture lessons are also held.

LinkIcon Shin-Nihombashi

Use Exit2 of JR Sobu Line Shin-Nihombashi Station 

Located underground, Shin-Nihombashi Station is a stop for rapid trains on the JR Sobu Line. The station is next to Tokyo Station on the Sobu Line. It's connected to Mitsukoshimae Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Hanzomon Line via an underground passageway.

Go out of COREDO Muromachi Terrace, cross Chuo-dori Street and turn left, where you'll soon find JR Shin-Nihonbashi Station.

Arrive at Shin-Nihonbashi Station Entrance 2. Underground station of Sobu Main Line. Mitsukoshimae Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Hanzomon Line are also close.