A guide to local favorites in Nihonbashi
- By Yukari Sakamoto
- Photos by Irwin Wong
In the heart of the city but off the radar for most tourists, Nihonbashi has a rich history in trade, including being home to Tokyo’s first fish market, Japan’s oldest department store (Mitsukoshi) and the financial district. (Cultural arts, both print and theater, have also flourished here.) Be sure to peruse the cluster of Coredo shopping buildings, where historic shops date back hundreds of years. The zero-mile marker for major roads to other Japanese cities is set in the center of the Nihonbashi bridge.
Meet Yukari Sakamoto
Born in Tokyo, raised in Minnesota and drawn back to the Japanese capital to be closer to relatives, Yukari is the author of “Food Sake Tokyo.” She offers tours to local markets and cooking classes out of her home. On her days off, she can be found relaxing in onsen, or hot springs.
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