Nihonbashi has deep roots in finance. In the Edo period this was the commercial centre of the city, with bustling canals, streets and markets. Recently, the neighbourhood has been attracting attention once again as exciting new businesses set up shop. Look behind the modern face to discover centuries of history.
Nihonbashi is a buzzing commercial quarter named for its landmark 17th-century canal bridge. The imposing Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi department store has been serving shoppers since 1904, while Coredo Muromachi mall has modern, stylish restaurants as well as shops for kimonos and lacquerware. The Tokyo Stock Exchange has a small museum and is surrounded by izakaya bars that fill up with off-duty traders at happy hour.