In 1604, Nihonbashi was designated as the starting point of the five most important roads in Japan. Since then, various products and technologies have been flowing into and through it from all over Japan. Lots of old, sophisticated shops continue to serve many kinds of traditional and new high-grade products.
In 2014, a new shopping facility called Coredo (Core + Edo) Muromachi opened, featuring the history of Nihonbashi. The concept of this facility is its collection of outstanding Japanese products, and the relaxing atmosphere for tourists to enjoy. I recommend these three: a soup bar “Dashi Bar (Ninben),” a gold leaf shop “Hakuza,” and a titanium tableware shop “SUS Gallery.” You can get more information here.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。