Nihonbashi | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station 


A famous place of Edo depicted in the Ukiyoe

In 1063, the first wooden bridge was built as part of the development project of the nationwide road network implemented by Ieyasu Tokugawa. Nihonbashi was the starting point of Gokaido, the five routes, which consisted of Tokaido, Nikkokaido, Oshukaido, Nakasendo, and Koshukaido. Even in the Edo period, this was the most crowded place bustling with people including travelers going west as illustrated in the Ukiyoe, "Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido". The current twin arch bridge made of stone was built in 1911, and is designated as an important cultural property. This bridge is the starting point of the Japanese road network, and has a road-origin marker on the center.
Address 1 Nihonbashi, Chuou Ward, Tokyo
Phone +81-3-3274-6263 (Meikyou "Nihonbashi" Hozon-kai) (Japanese only)
Access Approx. 3-minute walk from "Nihonbashi Station" of Tozai Line / Ginza Line of the Tokyo Metro.
Ukiyoe Nihonbashi, one of the Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido
Owner: Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art
Photo credit Meikyou "Nihonbashi" Hozon-kai

updated on Mar 30, 2018

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