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    Mitsukoshi Store Close to Nihonbashi...
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    The Replica of Kilometer Zero Marker

    by taigaa001 Updated Apr 16, 2014

    Other names: Kilometer zero marker(replica), Mile zero point(replica), zero milestone. Today, Nihonbashi Bridge still is the start of major Japanese National Roads such as Route #1 running parallel to Old Tokaido Road. Although actual kilometer zero marker is on the middle of the road crossing the bridge, you can still find the replica monument near the Mitsukoshi side of the bridge.

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    Nihon Building one of the landmarks of Otemachi 1 more image

    by taigaa001 Updated Apr 15, 2014

    Otemachi in Chiyoda ward is one of the major business districts in Metropolitan Tokyo located north of Tokyo Station. The name Otemachi derived from Otemon gate, the main gate of former Edo castle. Many of the large towns in Japan originating from castle towns do have areas called Otemachi just as that of Tokyo and in most cases are core business or commercial areas of the cities. Unlike other areas of Central Tokyo this area is purely for business people. So many of these buildings may be closed on Sundays. Until recently central Tokyo used to be like a ghost town on Sundays. Some redevelopment plans have been going on to change that.

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    The street running from Central Tokyo to Fukagawa 1 more image

    by taigaa001 Updated Apr 14, 2014

    Eitai(dori) Street (or Eitai-dori Avenue) serves as the divide between Marunouchi and Otemachi districts of Central Tokyo. Otemachi is located at the north side of the Eitai Street. Eitai street is actually a generic street name which is officially a part of Tokyo Metropolitan and Chiba Prefectural Road #10. The street was so nicknamed after Eitai-bashi bridge crossing Sumida River. The street starts from Otemon Intersection near the Otemon Gate and ends at Nissobashi intersection in Fukagawa area of Koto ward. Tokyo Metro Tozai Line runs under the street from Otemachi station to Toyo-cho Station.

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    Where Has Hiroshige's Nihonbashi Gone?

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 8, 2013

    Nihonbashi has been one of the most well-known tourist traps in Japan. Now that you can see the replica of Nihonbashi Bridge as described in Hiroshige's Tokaido Series, in Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku, enjoy the current view of Nihonbashi as it is. Nihonbashi Bridge has some interesting monuments such as the zero point of the major Japanese national routes rooted in historical highways. Nihonbashi has been one of the places for memorial photos particularly during summer holidays when family tourists accompanying schoolchildren learn about the history of Old Tokaido Road.

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