A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

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  • All streets start from here!
  • Stroll along Nihonbashi, the center of Japan.
  • Nihonbashi was the starting point of the five main highways of Edo Japan and also the starting point of National Route 1 highway. Along this road, which has flourished as the center of Japan since the Edo Period, there are numerous spots of interest, ranging from long-established shops more than a century old to new commercial facilities. Why not visit this continually evolving traditional street?

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Nihonbashi was the starting point of the five main highways of Edo Japan and also the starting point of National Route 1 highway. Along this road, which has flourished as the center of Japan since the Edo Period, there are numerous spots of interest, ranging from long-established shops more than a century old to new commercial facilities. Why not visit this continually evolving traditional street?

* The listed times are for reference only.

A one-minute walk
01
  • COREDO Muromachi Naka-dori St.
  • Time required: About 5 minutes
  • In the commercial facility Coredo Muromachi, which exudes the feel of Edo, you will find Naka-dori St., the site of a series of traditional shops hanging noren curtains. The area is famous for not only shopping but also great spots for photos, and the andon lanterns give the area a rich elegance at night.
  • COREDO Muromachi Naka-dori St.

    COREDO Muromachi Naka-dori St.

A one-minute walk
02
  • Fukutoku-Jinja Shrine
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • People worshiped at the shrine more than a thousand years ago, before the area was even called Nihonbashi. When Nihonbashi was redeveloped, a new shrine was built and the previous one, which was used from the Showa Period through the Heisei Period, is enshrined there on the premise. The historical shrine was visited by Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Edo Period.
  • Fukutoku-Jinja Shrine

    Fukutoku-Jinja Shrine

A one-minute walk
03
  • NINBEN NIHONBASHI HONTEN
  • Time required: About 30 minutes
  • This dried bonito specialty store opened in Nihonbashi in 1699. The pleasant smell of dashi (fish broth), permeates the store interior, and visitors will find various products, including the popular Kaori Aji Dashi, flaked seasoning rice sprinkles, and Tsuyu No Moto. At the attached Nihonbashi Dashi Bar, visitors can enjoy light dishes such as a cup of bonita soup.
  • NINBEN NIHONBASHI HONTEN

    NINBEN NIHONBASHI HONTEN

A six-minute walk
04
  • NIHONBASHI Bridge
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • Built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1603, the bridge, a symbol of the Edo Period, was the starting point of the five main highways during the Edo Period. The current bridge was rebuilt in 1911, and is decorated with lion statues facing the four directions as if to protect the bridge, statues of the mythical beast kirin on both sides of the center of the bridge, and the Road Origin Marker of Japan, a zero milestone that indicates this is the start of Route 1.
  • NIHONBASHI Bridge

    NIHONBASHI Bridge

A one-minute walk
05
  • Nihonbashi Pleasure Cruise
  • Time required: About 60 minutes
  • We will now move to the pleasure cruise, which departs from the Nihonbashi Boarding Dock located at the foot of the bridge. The cruise lets you enjoy a stroll through Tokyo but from the water. You can enjoy true pleasures possible only by boat such as passing under the Nihonbashi and Edobashi bridges, the top bridges on Nihonbashi River. With the Tokyo Bay cruise, you can also view such Tokyo landmarks as the Rainbow Bridge. * Research support: Tokyo Bay Cruising, Ltd.
  • Nihonbashi Pleasure Cruise

    Nihonbashi Pleasure Cruise

A two-minute walk
06
  • Eitaro sohonpo
  • Time required: About 20 minutes
  • This long-established Japanese sweets store opened in 1818. As for the candy Eitaro ame, its most famous product, there are various flavors, including not only umeboshi (pickled ume plums), which are beloved by people bred and raised in Tokyo, but also black sugar, green tea, and black tea. The store is also known as the cradle of amanatto, and the main store is the only one that sells Amana Natto, which continues to be made using the traditional method.
  • Eitaro sohonpo

    Eitaro sohonpo

A seven-minute walk
07
  • Pokémon Center TOKYO DX & Pokémon Cafe
  • Time required: About 40 minutes
  • * With cafe use + around 90 minutes
  • If one includes the attached cafe, this official Pocket Monster shop is one of the largest ones in Japan. In the store, there are numerous Pokémon goods, including Tokyo DX only goods such as stuffed toy Pikachus dressed as firefighters. At the attached cafe, the cute Pokémon menus are a big hit.
    * Reservations are required for the Pokémon Cafe. ©2019 Pokémon. ©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
    ポケットモンスター・ポケモン・Pokémonは任天堂・クリーチャーズ・ゲームフリークの登録商標です。
  • Pokémon Center TOKYO DX & Pokémon Cafe

    Pokémon Center TOKYO DX & Pokémon Cafe

A three-minute walk
08
  • YAMAMOTOYAMA Fujie sabo
  • Time required: About 60 minutes
  • Sabo is a tea specialty shop established in 1690. Visitors can try tea brewed using teas carefully selected from throughout Japan with splendid looking Japanese sweets. The movements of the staff who pour the tea are refined, and the waiting time after placing the order has a special feel.
  • YAMAMOTOYAMA Fujie sabo

    YAMAMOTOYAMA Fujie sabo

A one-minute walk

Route map

Introduction of local specialty shops in Chuo City—you can experience foods and items collected from around Japan.

Introduction of local specialty shops in Chuo City—you can experience foods and items collected from around Japan.