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Nihombashi information

Tokyo , Japan
Getting there
Train: Ginza Line to Mitsukoshimae, exits B5 or B6
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Even with the bronze lions guarding it, you could be forgiven for walking right past this granite bridge under an expressway, where Chūō-dōri meets the river Nihombashi-gawa. Still, it bears mention for its historic significance. Nihombashi (Japan Bridge) was the point from which all distances were measured during the Edo period, and the beginning of the great trunk roads (the Tōkaidō, the Nikkō Kaidō etc) that took daimyō (feudal lords) between Edo and their home provinces. To see a replica of the original wooden bridge, visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum.