Nihonbashi Introduction



The starting Point of Japan to the world


Nihonbashi is a business district in the downtown of Tokyo, which grew up around the bridge of the same name since the 17th century. The Nihonbashi Bridge is the starting point of five major roads including Tokaido and Nakasendo. Hit International has its headquarters in this Nihonbashi district. We step forward from this historical starting point of Japan to many destinations around the world.

History of Nihonbashi


Nihonbashi was a major mercantile center during the Edo period, for it functioned as a key crossover point of land transportation and water transportation. Finally it became the center of both economy and culture. Nihonbashi then was known as the most crowded business district in the Edo city. Many Ukiyoe painters pictured Nihonbashi landscape. Nowasdays, Nihonbashi is still one of important and active business district in Tokyo.

History of Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi, a business district


Nippon Ginko (Central Bank of Japan) Headquarters Building was erected in 1896 In Nihonbashi. Around the same time, several department stores started business there. Mitsukoshi Department Store, a descendant of Echigoya Store, built a western-style new store building. Since then, many western-style buildings were constructed.  New buildings with the famous overseas hotels and companies lined up in addition to the historical buildings such as Bank of Japan HQ, Mitsui Group HQ and Nihonbashi Post Office, the first post office in Japan, and the traditional department stores (Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya) have been creating an international bustle.

Nihonbashi, a business district

Coexistence of Tradition and Contemporary


Nihonbashi Area is under redevelopment by Mistui Fudosan such as “COREDO Nihonbashi / Muromachi” being progressed on top of the long-established department stores Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya and many commercial facilities have been newly created. In addition, the redevelopment of Kabutocho and the relocation of the expressway to have ‘Nihonbashi’ kept under the sun is currently on process and the area development overall has been accelerated.

Coexistence of Tradition and Contemporary