"Omotenashi Nihonbashi" is a program that offers a carefully curated selection of authentic Japanese cultural experiences, a place to enjoy an unforgettable pairing of traditional Japanese cuisine and performing arts. Those wishing to request a tour other than those listed can contact us to arrange a customized experience. (open in a new window)
Nihonbashi is linked by the Nihonbashi River to some of Tokyo's major waterways, including the Kanda River and the Sumida River, each with its own character and each offering a variety of excursions. They offer a view not only of the city's many famous bridges, but of the dramatically changing face of the city during the day and at night. These cruises are popular, and in some seasons sell out almost immediately.
The current iteration of the symbolic Nihonbashi Bridge was built in 1911, and is the 20th version. The Japanese word for bridge is hashi, which can also be written as 8 (ha) and 4 (shi). Multiply these numbers together and you get 32, the total number of lion statues built on the bridge. See if you can find them all!
The cruise also gives a unique view of the largest bridge crossing the Nihonbashi River, the Edobashi Bridge, as it passes underneath it. Depending on the tide, you can almost touch the underside of the bridge.
Eitaibashi Bridge and Kiyosubashi Bridge were built in the reconstruction after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Their elegant, graceful designs were modelled on German suspension bridges, and in 2007 they were designated Important Cultural Properties.
As you pass under Kiyosubashi Bridge, if you look upwards you'll see that the steel frame under the bridge is surprisingly colorful! In the picture on the right, you can see the night cruise and glittering night view visible from the boat.
The Chuo-Ohashi Bridge connects Chuo City's Shinkawa with Tsukuda. You can see Eitaibashi Bridge in the distance. In the center of the Chuo-Ohashi Bridge is a stone statue called 'Le Messager,' gifted from Paris in commemoration of the Sumida River and the Seine becoming 'friendship rivers' in 1989.
The Kachidokibashi Bridge straddles the Sumida River, and was completed in 1940, intended to be utilized as the main entrance to the Japan World Exposition in Tsukushima. It was designed to showcase Japan's sense of style, and was created using cutting-edge technology from Japan. It is also a designated Important Cultural Property.
The Nihonbashi Boarding Dock was built in 2011 at the foot of Nihonbashi Bridge to celebrate the current stone bridge's 100th year. The large posts you can see in the picture on either side of the boarding dock are reproductions of the ornamental railing tops from when it was a wooden bridge. Various companies currently offer river cruises, and the Nihonbashi Boarding Dock is used by around 50-60,000 people per year. Many visitors come to enjoy the cruises, and in March 2016, the number of people who have used the Nihonbashi Boarding Dock passed 300,000!
Access: Mitsukoshimae Station (exit B6) on the Hanzomon or Ginza Line, 1 min by foot, or Nihombashi Station (exit B12) on the Tozai or Ginza Line, 2 mins by foot.
Depending on the company, cruises from the Nihonbashi Boarding Dock are available through either advance reservations or direct sign-up at the dock. Please contact each company for how to sign up, fare, and cruise schedule.
The longest-running theater in Tokyo, the Meijiza Theater boasts 140 years of history and tradition spanning the Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and Heisei eras. An entertaining array of shows are performed daily, including kabuki, samurai period pieces, and performances by singers.www.meijiza.co.jp/en
Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall is located in COREDO Muromachi 1, with direct access from the Tokyo Metro Mitsukoshimae subway station. The approximately 700 square meter space can hold up to 690 guests seated, or up to 1,000 for a stand-up event. In addition to concerts and live theater, the entire hall can also accommodate interactive exhibits and a wide range of other uses, and sometimes features kabuki and rakugo, or traditional storytelling performances.www.nihonbashi-hall.jp (Japanese only)