Nihonbashi is a district situated in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. The district was named after "Nihonbashi" bridge, which is the starting point of the National Highway Route 1 leading to Osaka and of National Highway Route 4 leading to Aomori. The Road Origin Marker of Japan is embedded in the bridge. Nihonbashi is also a financial center where the head office of the Bank of Japan and the Tokyo Stock Exchange are located. At the same time, the district has been a commercial center and the home ground of major merchants, the Japan's first department store Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, Nihonbashi Takashimaya and stores of long standing. The district can be said to be a typical Japanese city in that the tradition and the cutting edge have co-existed. Tourist spots include the Currency Museum with a collection of 4,000 currencies to show the history of Japanese monetary system, and the Bridgestone Museum of Art exhibiting the works from Impressionism and other European modern art to 20th century art, as well as Japanese Western-style paintings from the Meiji and following eras. Also, there are unique museums such as "Button Museum" and "Taimeiken Kite Museum." Among shrines and temples, Suitengu shrine, a branch shrine of Kurume Suitengu Shrine located in Kurume-shi, Fukuoka, is famous as a guardian shrine for safe childbirth and pregnancy as well as chancy businesses.
If you want to use public transportation, the most convenient access is from Tokyo station, a terminal of all major lines. By car, exit at Kyobashi Interchange on the Metropolitan Expressway Inner Circular Route.
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Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
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