A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

In Chuo City, there are many long-established shops with a history of more than 100 years. These shops, where traditional culture and proficient skills and techniques have been passed down over the generations, wish to continue to pass on traditional Japanese qualities to the modern world.

  • SHIOSE SOUHONKE
  • Founded in1349
  • SHIOSE SOUHONKE

    SHIOSE SOUHONKE

    SHIOSE SOUHONKE

  • Manju (steamed bun)
  • SHIOSE SOUHONKE
  • Since the times of its foundation, SHIOSE SOUHONKE has spent time and effort to maintain the great taste achieved through its original production process. Using expensive yamaimo (Japanese yam), carefully selected azuki beans, zarame (large crystal sugar) and other raw materials most suitable for making manju, skilled confectioners make the sweets by hand. They are proud to have continued their business for more than 660 years as the first manju shop.
  • NINBEN NIHONBASHI HONTEN
  • Founded in1699
  • NINBEN NIHONBASHI HONTEN

    NINBEN NIHONBASHI HONTEN

    NINBEN NIHONBASHI HONTEN

  • Katsuobushi (dried bonito)
  • NINBEN NIHONBASHI HONTEN
  • NINBEN, in its wish to hand down the great taste of dashi (soup stock), which is part of Japan's unique food culture. The professional has focused on the highest-quality hongare katsuobushi with spending time and effort for a half year. NINBEN sells katsuobushi freshly shaved by professional shavers and operates the NIHONBASHI DASHI BAR in efforts to allow customers to enjoy the good taste of katsuobushi dashi for a few coins .
  • Nihonbashi-saruya
  • Founded in1704
  • Nihonbashi-saruya

    Nihonbashi-saruya

    Nihonbashi-saruya

  • Toothpicks
  • Nihonbashi-saruya
  • Nihonbashi-saruya is the only remaining toothpick specialty store in Japan. Saruya always uses Kuromoji, Lindera umbellata, as the toothpick material, because the tree smells fresh and the wood is bendy, which makes it resistant to breaking. Saruya artisans make toothpicks manually piece by piece from Kuromoji. As the toothpicks are sold in wooden boxes with Kabuki and Japanese writing designs, they are popular as souvenirs.
  • KIYA Nihonbashi Main Store
  • Founded in1792
  • KIYA Nihonbashi Main Store

    KIYA Nihonbashi Main Store

    KIYA Nihonbashi Main Store

  • Kitchen knives
  • KIYA Nihonbashi Main Store
  • KIYA sells kitchen knives and other living utensils. A picture scroll still remains depicting KIYA soon after its foundation. The store sells rows of kitchen knives made from various raw materials and created by skilled artisans for a variety of use. To ensure that each knife remains sharp for many years, KIYA provides advice and support on how to care for the knives at the time of shopping. The store also exhibits household goods to support household tool makers.
  • HAIBARA
  • Founded in1806
  • HAIBARA

    HAIBARA

    HAIBARA

  • Washi (Japanese paper)
  • HAIBARA
  • HAIBARA, with “the desire to establish communication between people through paper,” suggests “A life with Washi.” The store has a delightful atmosphere with arrays of washi and chiyogami (paper printed with traditional Japanese designs) in a variety of colors, as well as wakomono (Japanese trinkets). The letter pads created with the idea of traditional rolled letter paper can be used for both vertical and horizontal writing. Moreover, HAIBARA is particular about patterns, reproducing those that were popular in the Edo period.
  • YAMAMOTO NORITEN CO., LTD.
  • Founded in1849
  • YAMAMOTO NORITEN CO., LTD.

    YAMAMOTO NORITEN CO., LTD.

    YAMAMOTO NORITEN CO., LTD.

  • Nori (edible seaweed)
  • YAMAMOTO NORITEN CO., LTD.
  • YAMAMOTO NORITEN has specialized in nori ever since its foundation. We use only good quality nori carefully selected by experienced connoisseurs. Whilst maintaining high quality, we seek new ways for people to enjoy eating nori. We were the first to create Ajitsuke nori (flavored nori) and sell a wide array of products, including Otsumami nori, which is nori that goes especially well with alcoholic drinks, and nori sprinkled with various ingredients.

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.