Tokyo audio tour: Everlasting Edo: A Guide to Nihonbashi’s History

Everlasting Edo: A Guide to Nihonbashi’s History

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.3mi

About the Tour

During the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) Nihonbashi was at the center of all trade and commerce. It was home to the most powerful people in all of Japan.

This sightseeing tour of Tokyo will transport you back to a time when Samurais and Shoguns walked these streets.

Follow their footsteps and discover the best of Tokyo’s living history. This district is packed with age-old snack shops and traditional Japanese crafts. Yes, they are still standing, hundreds of years later! Nihonbashi is Tokyo’s best-kept secret, a treasure trove of a district overflowing with cultural and historical gems.

Highlights include:

• Nihonbashi Bridge where the 'kilometer zero marker' is located.
• The Bank of Japan
• Mitsukoshi, Japan's oldest department store.
• My top picks of Japan’s must-try local snacks.
• Authentic souvenir shopping at a 400 years old fan shop and Washi Paper shop.

….and much more!

This tour is sure to delight history lovers, the culturally curious, foodie explorers, and inquiring minds.

Allow 1 to 2 hours for this audio tour of Tokyo. There is a lot to discover inside our recommended stopping points plus there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and snack shops along the route for a refueling break.

Tour Producer

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Hello! Tokyo Tours

Hello! Tokyo Tours is a specialist private and small group tour operator in Japan. Hello! walking tours are culturally immersive with a focus on local life, history, customs and foodie discoveries. This tour has been produced by Sid who holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations and Asian Languages and by Kate who is our resident war history buff and TV presenter.

The Hello! Tours team understands the importance of combining ‘must-see-sights’ with hidden gems, back streets and local knowledge for an unforgettable city exploration.

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Major Landmarks

  • Nihonbashi Bridge

  • Mitsukoshi Department Store

  • Bank of Japan

  • Fukutoku Shrine

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the entrance of the Nihonbashi bridge. It's most accessible from Nihonbashi Station on the Ginza Line. Exit B12 will give you the easiest path to the starting point. After exiting B12, you will be by the entrance of Coredo Department Store. Enter the store and there will be an elevator on the left in front of you. Take the elevator up to the first floor. After exiting, with your back to the elevator turn right and go straight. You will arrive at the starting point.

If you search "Nihonbashi Pier" on your Google or Apple maps, it will lead you right to the starting point by the tree. It's recommended to use your Google/Apple maps to get there. Do not climb down the stairs by the bridge and stand by the tree.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

In addition to the foodie tasting stops that we point out throughout the tour we also recommend that you call into the following places:

Mitsukoshi Department Store: Basement level - The food hall is home to many of Japan’s finest sweet shops.

Coredo 1 : Kiya Knife Shop 1st floor - Established in 1792 Kiya produces some of the best quality knives in all of Japan.

Best time of day

Monday to Saturday, between 10.30am and 6pm.

On Sunday’s and public holidays several of our recommended stopping points are closed.

Please avoid taking this tour over the New Years holiday (Dec 31-Jan 3) and Obon holiday in August as most of the stopping points will be closed.

The medicine museum is closed on Mondays.

Due to COVID-19 entry to the Medicine Museum is by reservation only: https://kusuri-museum.com/reservation and Ibasen fan shop is additionally closed on Saturdays.

Precautions

As always, just ensure you look the correct way when you're crossing the roads –especially if you're used to cars driving on the right!

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Everlasting Edo: A Guide to Nihonbashi’s History