Beautiful and Elegant: the Cut Glassware Shop Hanashyo

After 170 years, a century-old glass cutting method has been revived in Nihonbashi!

Edo Kiriko Store

Edo Kiriko, one of the finest glass cutting techniques in Japan, was established in 1834 by Kagaya Kyubei, who owned a glassware store in Edo (the city now known as Tokyo). He started adding intricate designs to glass products by using just an emery grinder. His designs were so elegant and beautiful that anybody who took a look at them were instantly captivated.

Edo Kiriko InsideThrough Edo Kiriko’s technique and its popularity quickly spread throughout Edo, unfortunately the manufacturing base moved to other locations and the Kiriko stores gradually disappeared from where it started.

But now, after 170 years since its inception, Edo Kiriko has finally returned to its original roots and opened its doors to many Kiriko admirers.

A newly opened Edo Kiriko store, Hanashyo, is not a typical glassware store. Its mission is to promote not only the products but also Japanese culture. Visitors can see how the Kiriko designs are engraved into glassware at an in-house studio or join a Sake tasting seminar using a Kiriko sake cup. Hanashyo aims to become the cultural hub for both Japanese and foreign tourists, where they can see, touch and experience this century-old Japanese craftsmanship.

Edo Kiriko

 

The pinnacle of Japanese elegance and craftsmanship, the Edo Kiriko products make a great gift for your friends at home!

Information

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Hours: 10:30am – 6pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 11:30am – 5pm (Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays), closed on Mondays.
Access: 2-min walk from Shin-Nihombashi Station (JR Sobu LIne), a 3-min walk from Kodemmacho Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line), a 6-min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line).

Nihonbashi Information

Nihonbashi, a place where the traditions of old Japan are still alive. Take advantage of the helpful information center and convenient shuttle bus service to explore the city.

Check out the latest information on Nihombashi here:
http://nihombashi-tokyo.com/

Operated by Monthly Nihombashi, a community magazine that knows Nihombashi inside out, the site is packed full of local history, people, shops and more.
Available in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean and Japanese.

Metrolink Nihonbashi

Free Shuttle Around Town

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Get from Tokyo Station to all the main sites mentioned in this article using this free shuttle bus service. The buses run from 10am to 8pm every 10 minutes and you can track the location of the next bus online
http://www.hinomaru.co.jp/metrolink/nihonbashi/ (Japanese only)

Shuttle Map
  1. Tokyo Sta. Yaesu Exit
  2. Gofukubashi
  3. Subway Nihonbashi Sta.
  4. Subway Mitsukoshi-mae Sta.
  5. Mitsui Memorial Museum
  6. JR Shin-Nihonbashi Sta.
  7. Nihonbashi Muromachi 1-chome
  8. Nihonbashi South
  9. Nihonbashi 2-chome
  10. Nihonbashi 3-chome
  11. Subway Takara-cho Sta.
  12. Kyobashi 2-chome
  13. Kyobashi 1-chome

Nihonbashi Information Center

For Savvy Sightseeing

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Speak to the multilingual concierge staff available here to get insider tips on where best to shop, eat and sightsee to make the best of your Nihonbashi trip. The souvenir shop here stocks everything from food to modern accessories inspired by Edo chic, and the Ippin Café serves up green tea and traditional snacks from popular historical shops, perfect for a quick pick-me-up.

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Special Offer for WAttention Readers
Present a copy of our newest magazine at the Nihonbashi Information Center (COREDO Muromachi 1, B1) to receive a set of coupons that will entitle you to offers such as a 5% discount at KIYA, 8% off at Hashicho, a free gift at Hakuza, etc. at all 33 shops in COREDO Muromachi.

Spot Info

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Nihonbashi Information Center
Address: COREDO Muromachi 1
Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-2-1 Chuo
Hours: 10am – 9pm

Centuries of Craftsmanship : Ninben

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Stock Up On This
Established in 1699, Ninben has been known as the leading brand in dried bonito flakes for centuries. Stock made using the fermented bonito is said to be origin of Japanese flavors. Now you can recreate these flavors at home with handy flavored-soups and seasonings here, which also make great souvenirs. See how the professionals shave bonito into flakes at live demonstrations here.

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Nihombashi Kezuriba: See bonito blocks being shaved here and enjoy the fragrance of fresh bonito flakes.

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Mazefuri (furikake) seasoning powder set of 3: 1,850 yen

Nihonbashi Dashi Bar Hanare
Experience real “UMAMI”

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Located at COREDO Muromachi 2 is a newly opened restaurant, Nihonbashi Dashi Bar Hanare, where you can get savory cuisine full of seasonal ingredients and flavor.

Shop Info

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Ninben Original Nihonbashi Store
Address: Nihonbashi Muromachi, 2-2-1 COREDO Muromachi 1 1F, Chuo
Hours: 10am -8pm (same rest days as COREDO)
URL: http://www.ninben.jp/

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Ninben Nihonbashi Dashi Bar
Address: Nihonbashi Muromachi, 2-3-1 COREDO Muromachi 2 1F, Chuo
Hours: 11am -11pm (Last order 10pm)

Centuries of Craftsmanship : Nihonbashi Saruya

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Get Picky
This is the only handmade toothpick specialty store not only in Japan, but in the world, with a history dating back over 300 years.

The toothpicks come in a special box made of Paulownia.
The toothpicks come in a special box made of Paulownia.

These individually-carved toothpicks are made from high-quality fragrant wood and used for eating wagashi during tea ceremonies or as an auspicious gift.

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Shop Info

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Nihonbashi Saruya
Address: Nihonbashi Muromachi 1-12-5, Chuo
Hours: 10am – 6pm (closed Sun, Holidays)

Tastes of Tradition

For an affordable taste of Edo flavors passed on through the generations, stop by for lunch at one of these classic shops that preserve the methods of old.

SUSHI

Sushi as we know it today first developed in the Edo era as a type of fast food, eaten while standing at a street stall.  Sushi in the old days was also made in bigger sizes then, unlike today’s delicate servings.

Janoichi Honten
Real Edomae Sushi

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Edomae sushi doesn’t get more authentic than this. Janoichi, now run by the 5th generation, has been feeding the hungry tradesman working at the fish market since over 120 years ago. Come here for a luxurious dinner or try the value-for-money set lunches.

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Address: Nihombashi Muromachi 1-6-7, Chuo
Hours: 11am – 2pm (lunch), 5pm – 10pm (dinner)

YOSHOKU

Literally meaning “Western Food”, this type of Western-influenced Japanese cooking – using foreign ingredients such as Worcester sauce and ketchup – started during the Meiji Restoration.

Taimeiken
Egg-cellent Choice

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Omurice is a dish of tomato sauce-flavored fried rice wrapped in an omelette – hence the name which is a combination of omelette and rice. Taimeiken, founded over 80 years ago, is one of the most famous yoshoku restaurants in Tokyo.

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Address: Nihombashi 1-12-10, Chuo
Hours:   11am – 8:30pm (last order)(Mon-Sat) 、 11am – 8pm(last order) (Sun, National Holiday)
*For first floor dining

SOBA

Buckwheat noodles are known one of the three main foods of the Edo era, in addition to tempura and sushi. These thinly sliced noodles can be eaten either cold and dipped in a broth or served in hot soup.

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Soba So Good

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This soba shop has been serving up soba at the very same location since 1902 and is now run by the 4th generation. Savor the fragrance of buckwheat noodles, accented by the smoky flavors of its bonito broth.

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Address: Nihombashi 2-1-19, Chuo
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am – 3:30pm (last order)(lunch), 5pm – 22:30pm (last order)(dinner)
Sat: 11am – 3:30pm (last order)(lunch), 5pm – 9pm(last order) (dinner)

Omotenashi Nihonbashi

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Get a taste of authentic Japanese cultural activities such as tea ceremonies and geisha performances, as well as tours led by international tour guides.

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Time to Geisha

See a geisha performance and try traditional games
Approx. 60 min.
5,500 yen


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Kimono Rental & Dressing

Walk around Nihonbashi in a traditional kimono
Fitting from 10:30am to 3:30pm, return by 6pm
5,500 yen


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The Way of Tea

Discover the world of tea ceremony
Approx. 60 min.
5,500 yen


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Best of Japan Gourmet Tour

Taste food from across Japan
Approx. 90 mins.
from 1,000 yen


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Culture Experience Tour & Lunch

Find out about local tradition and culture
Approx. 150 min.
From 5,500 yen


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Origami Workshop

Make your own paper crane
Approx. 30 min.
500 yen


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Design Your Own Hanko!

Make a name stamp in Japanese
Approx. 60 min.
2,000 yen

Info

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OMOTENASHI NIHONBASHI
Nihonbashi Information Center
Address: COREDO Muromachi 1, B1
Tel: 03-3242-2334 (English, 10am – 7pm)
Hours: 10am – 9pm
URL: http://www.nihonbashi-info.jp/omotenashi/

Centuries of Craftsmanship : Kuroeya

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Lasting Lacquerware
This lacquerware shop harks back over 300 years to the Edo era, and preserves techniques from the Kuroe Village in what is now known as Wakayama Prefecture, famed for its lacquer production. A piece from here will last for generations to come.

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Wine Cooler, 15,000 yen
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Hand Mirror, Red
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Ornamental Plate

Shop Info

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Nihonbashi Kuroeya
Address: Nihombashi 1-2-6 Kuroeya Kokubun Bld 2F, Chuo
Hours: 9am – 6pm (closed weekends, holidays )
URL: http://kuroeya.tokyo/

Bunmeido Nihombashi Café – Fit For Royal Tea –

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Adjacent to the cafe is the Bunmeido Gallery where works of Shinsui Ito are displayed.

Bunmeido started in Nagasaki Prefecture over 100 years ago and is the most famous castella cake maker in Japan. While this cake is said to originate from Castilla, Spain, no doubt the Japanese have perfected the recipe to rich and moist perfection. Head to the Nihombashi Café for a taste of this confectionery which is also served to the royal family of Japan.

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Bunmeido Cocktail in classic Japanese kiriko glass: 630 yen (tax included)

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Bunmeido Premium Castella: 880 yen (tax included)

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Freshly Baked “Mikasa” Pancake: 780 yen (tax included)

Shop Info

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Bunmeido Nihombashi Café
Address: Muromachi 1-13-7 Nihombashi, Chuo
Hours: 11am – 11pm

Centuries of Craftsmanship : Haibara

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The Write Stuff
Now run by the 7th generation owner, this washi (Japanese paper) specialist has been along Nihombashi for over 200 years. The exquisite paper products here will make you feel like rediscovering sensory pleasures of writing.

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Chiyogami Paper Box 864 yen (tax included)

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Uchiwa Fan with Stencil-Dyed Paper 4,806 yen (tax included)

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Haibara Notebook: 1,512 yen (tax included)

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Shop Info

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Haibara
Address: Nihombashi 2-7-1 Tokyo Nihombashi Tower, Chuo
Hours: 10am – 6:30pm (5:30pm on weekends)

Mikado Coffee – Pioneering Coffee Connoisseur –

Humble Origins - Mikado Coffee started its long history as a coffee stand in 1949
Humble Origins – Mikado Coffee started its long history as a coffee stand in 1949

Mikado can be said to be a pioneer in the third wave coffee movement, roasting imported coffee beans in house to suit the local tastes since 1948. They take pride in good acidity in their brew, balanced with body and aroma.
Left: Mikado coffee is mild and smooth, perfect for your everyday cup of joe.  Right: A signature menu, Moca ice cream.
Left: Mikado coffee is mild and smooth, perfect for your everyday cup of joe.
Right: Coffee float (brewed coffee topped with a swirl of their signature Mocha ice cream).
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Shop Info

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Mikado Coffee – Main Store
Address: Nihonbashi Muromachi 1-6-7, Chuo
Hours: 7am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 6pm (Sat), 10am – 6pm (Sun, Holidays)

COREDO:Explore Japanese Culture

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Located in the center of Nihonbashi, COREDO – referring to the “core of Edo” – is a modern shopping complex with traditional and modern Japanese products and services that convey the essence of Japan.

The Best of Japan All Under One Roof

Nihonbashi was known as the starting point of any journey from Edo, where people would set off for Kyoto or other parts of Japan along the five main highways that converged here. Today, all the traditional manufacturers and brands are brought under one roof and given a modern touch at COREDO in Nihonbashi.

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(COREDO Muromachi3, 2F)
Cool Containers
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These one-of-a-kind tumblers made of titanium are specially designed to have top-notch insulating properties, keeping the temperature of their contents – be it freezing cold beer to steaming hot beverages – stable for long periods.
Made in Tsubame City in Niigata Prefecture, famous for its fine production of cutlery and kitchenware, the modern designs add a touch of luxury to daily life.

Simply

(COREDO Muromachi 3, 3F)
Advanced Aprons
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The simple waist-down apron used in the Edo era has evolved, 140 years on, to become a fashionable yet functional item popular with the ladies. Simply presents a selection of these stylish workwear garments. The denim collection is Japan-made and is available as a couple outfit – great for encouraging teamwork in the kitchen!

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Unique aprons starting from 4,000 yen

Hashicho

(COREDO Muromachi 3, 2F)
Perfect Pairings
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Choose from over 1,300 types of chopsticks from all over Japan, made from various types of wood and different cuttings and designs at this chopstick specialty shop. Prices range from 300 yen for a pair up to a staggering 1 million yen gift set from Fukui prefecture.
Product caption: Chopsticks and chopstick rests from all over Japan are available here.

Chopsticks and chopstick rests from all over Japan are available here.
Chopsticks and chopstick rests from all over Japan are available here.

Nihonbashi Dashi Bar

(COREDO Muromachi 1, 1F)
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If you don’t think you’ll have time to make dashi broth at home, try some here at the Dashi Bar of bonito flake and stock specialist Ninben. One cup of bonito dashi broth costs just 100 yen, and there are also more hearty soups available for lunch, with ingredients such as root vegetables, fish or chicken going for 360 yen at this standing bar.

Tomato, cream and miso flavored soups are also available from 150 yen, depending on size. (※ prices include tax)
Tomato, cream and miso flavored soups are also available from 150 yen, depending on size. (※ prices include tax)

Kyo-tsukemono Nishiri

(COREDO Muromachi 1, 1F)
Pick Your Pickle
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Kyoto tsukemono (pickles) are famed as the best in Japan, and Nishiri is one of the most renowned brands for it. The COREDO Muromachi store is its first footprint in the Kanto region. Come sample a wide range of freshly pickled seasonal vegetables here, and savor a healthy pickled vegetable sushi boxed lunch with miso soup for a special and refreshing treat.

Pickled vegetable sushi set, 1,300 yen
Pickled vegetable sushi set, 1,300 yen

HAKUZA NIHONBASHI

(COREDO Muromachi 1, 1F)
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Coming from Kanazawa City, which is famous for its tradition in gold leaf production, HAKUZA NIHONBASHI continues to glitter with gold-leaf covered cakes, rice crackers, face masks and fashion accessories, to name just a few. HAKUZA innovated the world’s first pure gold-platinum leaf. Give your loved ones a taste of gold with their edible gold-leafed souvenirs, and rest your feet at the tea corner.

Gold Leaf Mask, 4,500 yen Acrylic bangles, starting from 5,000 yen
Gold Leaf Mask, 4,500 yen
Acrylic bangles, starting from 5,000 yen
Omotenashi Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi Information Center
COREDO Muromachi 1, B1

Read more about the activities you can try at Omotenashi Nihonbashi: http://wattention.com/omotenashi-nihonbashi

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Shop Info

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COREDO Muromachi 1
Address: Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-2-1 COREDO Muromachi 1, Chuo
Hours: 10am – 9pm (shops), 11am – 11pm (restaurants)
URL: http://coredo.jp.en

Nihombashi Takashimaya

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Marking the Passage of Time: Classic Takashimaya

When you visit the Nihombashi branch of Takashimaya, you are entering more than just a store. You are stepping afoot onto an Important Cultural Property of Japan. Built in 1933, the building exudes elegance of the Showa era – a “modern-style building reflecting an oriental taste.”

Intricate design details aside, the shopping experience is also carefully curated with original shops and all the major luxury brands. Satisfy – or rather, enlighten – your palate here with classic dishes harking to the Edo era such as unagi and sushi to modern fusion gourmet. True quality is, after all, timeless.

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Watch Out For This

Takashimaya Watch Maison

_DSC0446-修正済み_R2_DSC0589-修正済みTakashimaya has embarked on a new venture last year with the launch of the two-storey, around 8,600 sq ft Takashimaya Watch Maison, just across the street from the main store, dedicated exclusively to watches. Housing over 80 brands such as Omega, Jager-leCoultre,Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Longines, Seiko, Casio and Citizen, the largest watch boutique on the streets of Japan and the world today – and perhaps for time to come.

Sushi Made By Craftsmen
Sukibayashi Jiro Nihombashi Store 7F
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Japanese Craftsmanship
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Add a touch of Japanese chic to your daily life with a handcrafted lifestyle item made by the best craftsmen. Choose from eating utensils, tea sets or decorative items.

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Japanese Classic Style: Tetsubin Add iron to your water with this modern pink iron kettle. 8,000 yen

Services For Foreign Tourists

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The following services are available for foreign tourists:

  • Tax Free Counter 2F
    Apply for tax exemption for items purchased here
  • Foreign Exchange 2F
    USD, Euro, RMB and other foreign currencies available here
  • Hello Kitty Shopper’s Card (for 5% discount) 2F
    Present your passport to receive this cute limited-edition discount card
    *Excludes some goods

Shop Info

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Takashimaya Nihombashi Store
Address: Nihombashi 2-4-1, Chuo
Hours: 10:30am – 7:30pm
Phone: 03-3211-4111
URL: http://www.takashimaya.co.jp/tokyo/store_information

Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store

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Mitsukoshi: Accessible & Authentic Japanese Culture

Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihombashi may be proud of a grandiose Renaissance-style façade, but Japan’s first department store dating back to the 17th century is actually very accessible, with authentic and affordable culture available to anyone who walks through their hallowed doorways.

For example, taking center stage in the main hall on the first floor is a resplendent wooden statue of the Goddess of Sincerity, which took ten years for a master craftsman to make and completed in 1960.

And at the front entrance, you will notice two grand lions which were installed in 1914, modeled on their counterparts

found at the Trafalgar Square in London.

With its Art Deco façade and historic features such as the only surviving theatre organ from the early Showa era at the 2nd floor balcony of the Central Hall, marble made from fossils used for its interior walls and floors, and a special restaurant that retains interior designs with distinctive elegance, it is not surprising that Nihombashi Mitsukoshi was recognized as an Important Cultural Property this May. And unlike some classic European department stores, Mitsukoshi is not about wealth, but culture.

This is the same ethos that makes Nihombashi tick even today. People in the mercantile

area were defined by craft, not birth. And Mitsukoshi, with its roots as a kimono fabric specialist, continues this emphasis on culture consciousness.
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Ms. Kiyoko Kondo, the okami or chief service manager, at Mitsukoshi Nihombashi makes sure all guests are well taken care of in the way of omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality.

From Echigoya to Mitsukoshi

Mitsukoshi was known as Echigoya in the Edo era and was the first to introduce the concept of selling kimono fabric at labeled prices and at any length the customer desired. This “customer first” philosophy is carried on to the present day.

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Own a Piece of Japanese Culture

Add a touch of Edo class to your life with these items that combine timeless style with lasting quality.

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Discover the versatility of furoshiki cloth which can be folded into a cute bag or used as a wine bottle cover or carrier.

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Sample a cup of green tea at this Kyoto-based tea specialist which has a live demo counter and specialist on hand to advise you on the perfect brew.

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The depachika, or food basement 1 floor, is an eyeful of Japanese food culture, which puts as much emphasis on how the food looks, tastes and is presented and packaged.

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Hana bento 1,200 yen
Furoshiki
from 10,000 yen
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Furoshiki is a multi-functional cloth that can be used to wrap items or add accent to your living space.
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Japanese silk folding fan
8,000 yen (Main Building 4F)
Keep cool while looking hot with this sakura-motif silk folding fan.
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Chiso Silk stole
18,000 yen
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Steal some hearts with this delicate silk stole with floral prints made in Kyoto.
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Modern [email protected] Teshigoto Corner
(Main Building 5F)
Traditional craftsmanship is given a modern form with items curated by Tokyo Teshigoto, a project to promote local handiwork.

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Silver lacquerware sake cups made of jade
from 15,000 yen each
The reflection of the moon seems to float on your sake in these fascinating silver cups, combined with different materials such as lacquerware.
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Urushi glass paperweight
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Enjoy the play of light with these reflective glass paperweights engraved with classic Edo Kiriko motifs.

Foreign Customer Service Counter (Annex 2F)
Visit this counter for a tax-free procedure on the day of purchase. Free wi-fi is also available here. Present a copy of WAttention to the counter staff to get a free gift (offer lasts until Aug. 31, 2016)!

Shop Info

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Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
Address: Nihombashi Muromachi 1-4-1 Chuo
Hours: 10:30am – 7:30pm

*All prices listed are exclusive of tax.

URL: http://www.mitsukoshi.co.jp/int
Blog URL: http://mitsukoshi.mistore.jp/store/nihombashi/wa/

Nihombashi Walkabout

Nihombashi is best explored on foot, and preferably in traditional Japanese garments for a taste of the heart of Edo. Take a virtual tour around Nihombashi with the 26th Chuo City Tourism Ambassador, Ms. Asami Kure.
Ms. Kure clinched the 26th Chuo City Tourism Ambassador prize to become Miss Chuo in 2007. She now serves with a smile as Team Leader for the Sales Operation Division at the Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store.

Navigating Nihombashi

Get a glimpse of what Nihombashi was like in its past glory and present grandeur at these historical sites.

1: Nihonbashi Bridge
First built in 1603 by Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate who unified Japan, this symbol of the area has been rebuilt 19 times. The original bridge was made of wood, but the current bridge is made of stone and features statues of mythical creatures on the parapets.

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*The kimono and obi in this feature are products of Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store

2: The Road Origin Marker of Japan
Located right in the middle of Nihonbashi bridge, this continues to mark the official starting point for Japan’s highways.

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3: Nihonbashi Fish Market Memorial Plaque
Before Tsukiji Fish Market, there was the Nihonbashi Fish Market. This stone plaque commemorates the first fish market in Nihonbashi that was run by some 30-odd fishermen from Osaka.

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4: Nomura Securities
The headquarters of Nomura Securities was built in the 1930s and features a “Japanese-style modernism” design.

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5: Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
Built in 1914, this renaissance-style white brick building had an extension added in 1935 to reach its current form. It was also where the first escalator in Japan was introduced.

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6: Bank of Japan (the Old Building)
This neo-baroque style building shares the same designer as the grand old dame, the Tokyo Station. Completed in 1896, it was modeled on the National Bank of Belgium and is designated as an Important Cultural Property.

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7: Mitsui Memorial Museum
Opened in 2005, this museum houses many valuable Japanese and Asian works of art. The western-style structure created in the early Showa era has been designated as an Important Cultural Property.

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8: Fukutoku Shrine
Also called Mebuki Shrine, this shrine is said to have been around since the late 9th century and visited by famous shoguns.

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9: Nihonbashi Nakadori
A 50m stretch lined with restaurants, cafes and shops with a modern twist to traditional Japanese culture, this road recalling the pavements of the Edo era is pedestrian-only on weekdays and holidays from 11am to 8pm.

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The Nostalgic Charm of Nihombashi

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“Hiroshige Toto Meisho” Utagawa, Hiroshige. Edo era – from Japan National Diet Library

Heart of Edo

The phrase “hi sen ryo,” or a thousand gold pieces a day, was used to describe the streets of Nihombashi – or the amount of money that changed hands each day in this flourishing merchant district in the Edo era.
As the nexus for the Edo Five Routes that connected to all the major areas of Japan, traders, artisans and samurai from various parts of Japan gathered here to exchange goods and ideas.

The streets were vibrant with refined craftsmen selling their wares, major retailers, restaurants and a fish market, and culture thrived along with the booming economy that was driven by the influx of transient workers who created a demand for various services and goods.

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“Nihonbashi bridge in Edo” Katsushika, Hokusai 1831 – 1835

Ms. Miki Sakai, Editor-in-chief of Monthly Nihombashi told WAttention this spirit of abundance and enjoyment of high culture continues in Nihombashi till this day.
She added that, “Over the past 10 years with the advent of an ‘Edo Boom,’ interest in Nihombashi has revived.”

Boom Town

With around 80 shops selling goods and services in the Nihombashi area spanning over 100 years old, whiffs of the Edo era can still be experienced when walking along the streets.

And new developments such as COREDO Muromachi and late night dining options have also given Nihombashi a new lease of life at night.
“The area is now really packed on weekends, whereas it used to be quiet before,” said Ms. Sakai.

The concept of eating out has its roots in the Edo era. As many single men had come to Edo to find work, they would eat out, and the fish market at Nihombashi became the gourmet hub for the locals, who enjoyed various Edo era fast foods such as sushi, soba, tempura and eel.

Today, locals and tourists alike head to Nihombashi for a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine, seasoned with a dash of nostalgia.

Ms. Miki Sakai

Editor-in-chief of Monthly Nihombashi, a monthly community magazine focusing on Nihombashi history and culture, in circulation since 1979
Ms. Miki Sakai
Editor-in-chief of Monthly Nihombashi, a monthly community magazine focusing on Nihombashi history and culture, in circulation since 1979

Monthly Nihombashi Editor’s Pick!

Tokyo Bay Cruising Nihombashi Cruise
The Nihombashi river cruise goes right through the Nihombashi district. Offering rare opportunities to go under the many bridges and peek into deeper allyways, this is a pleasant way to discover the different side of Nihombashi not possible on the main street.

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Access: A 3-min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station (Ginza Line and Hanzomon Line), a 5-min walk from Nihombashi Station (Tozai Line and Toei Asakusa Line)
Price: 1,500 yen (45 min), 2,000 yen (60 min)
Hours: Departure time varies depending on the route and date.
URL: http://ss3.jp/nihonbashi-cruise/index.html (Japanese)
*Reservation is required