Nihonbashi (literally meaning Japan Bridge) is a bridge officially designated as the starting point of Japan’s five major highways in 1603, and is used as the point from which distances to and from Tokyo are measured from all around Japan. The Nihonbashi bridge first became famous during the 17th century, when it was the eastern terminus of the Nakasendo and the Tokaido roads.
Modern day Nihonbashi is a business district in central Tokyo, close to Tokyo Station, Marunouchi and Ginza. Nihonbashi continues to thrive as Japan’s center of commerce and economy and has many famous long-standing shops, such as Japan’s first department store: Mitsukoshi. The Edo-era fish market formerly in Nihonbashi was the predecessor of today’s Tsukiji fish market.
Learn more about this fascinating district through this website from Mitsui Fudosan, showcasing Nihonbashi’s history and present.