Private Tour - Nihonbashi Walking Tour: Founding City of Japanese Economy

Nihonbashi became the castle town of the Edo period, which opened in the early 17th century as a shopping district.
In the late 19th century, Tokyo became the capital city, and from that time onwards, Japan adopted Western culture and technology to modernize. Today, the city is undergoing redevelopment and has been transformed into a fashionable and traditional shopping district where you can experience something new every time you visit.
On this tour, you will learn about the changes in people’s lives and Japan’s ongoing economic development.
Get a taste of the history of Tokyo’s development in a city of commerce that mixes the new and the old culture!
* Duration: 2 to 3 hours
* Starts: 中央区, Japan
* Trip Category: Private & Custom Tours >> Private Sightseeing Tours




Nihonbashi became the castle town of the Edo period, which opened in the early 17th century as a shopping district.
In the late 19th century, Tokyo became the capital city, and from that time onwards, Japan adopted Western culture and technology to modernize. Today, the city is undergoing redevelopment and has been transformed into a fashionable and traditional shopping district where you can experience something new every time you visit.
On this tour, you will learn about the changes in people’s lives and Japan’s ongoing economic development.
Get a taste of the history of Tokyo’s development in a city of commerce that mixes the new and the old culture!

Itinerary
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Stop At: Nihonbashi, Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Kanto

Nihonbashi: The first stop to visit is Nihonbashi, where the city name originated. Today, roads are spread across Japan but Nihonbashi is where it all started. Whilst looking at the origins of the road, reminisce on the travellers at that time.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, 1-4-1 Nihombashi Muromachi, Chuo 103-0022 Tokyo Prefecture

Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honten: Japan’s oldest department store. The Western-style architecture is recognised as a symbol of the history of Japanese department stores. Don’t miss the Lion statue, often used as a meeting spot, and luxurious design located in the first floor hall.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Coredo Muromachi 1, 2-2-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo 103-0022 Tokyo Prefecture

Coredo Muromachi: Let’ look at the latest status of Nihonbashi. It is a commercial center that conveys the essence of Edo/Nihonbashi. There are raditional crafts to stores that incorporate new formats of popular stores. There are stores ranging from traditional crafts to popular items. We especially recommend the shops where you can quickly buy items.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Bank of Japan, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Hongokucho, Chuo 103-0021 Tokyo Prefecture

Nihon Ginkou Honten Honkan (Bank of Japan Head Office building): The Bank of Japan is the central bank responsible for issuing currency and adjusting prices to stabilize prices. It’s difficult to go inside, but from the dignified appearance, you can feel that it is an architecture that emphasizes materials and national prestige.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Bank of Japan Currency Museum, 1-3-1 Nihombashi Hongoku-cho, Chuo 103-0021 Tokyo Prefecture

Kahei Hakubutsukan (Currency Museum): This is a museum where you can learn about the history of Japanese money. Learn about Japan’s first currency and banknotes and what you could buy with them.
You can actually have 100 million yen or a thousand boxes open. Feel like you are rich.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba, 1-9, Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005 Tokyo Prefecture

Tokyo Station Marunouchi: Let’s close the tour at Tokyo station. This station was estabilished in 1914 in Tokyo. The red brick station building is beautiful, and the plaza overlooking the Imperial Palace is also a recommended spot. Let’s take some photos as a memory for us.

Duration: 15 minutes