The History of Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi's Road to Revitalization

The Nihonbashi Revitalization Plan was started in order to bring back the prosperity Nihonbashi experienced in the Edo period, when it flourished as a cultural, economic, and commercial hub. Here we share the history of the district.

Edo Period Onward

  • In the Edo period, Nihonbashi's location as the starting point for five major roads and water transportation access enabled it to play a central role as a gathering place for people and goods from all over Japan.
    In 1673, Takatoshi Mitsui opened the Echigoya clothing store in the Nihonbashi district of Edo.
    In 1909, Mitsui Fudosan's predecessor, Mitsui Company, was founded and in 1914, it established a real estate division.
    On July 15, 1941, Mitsui Company's real estate division separated from its parent and became Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Nihonbashi Revitalization Plan Stage 1

Jan. 2004

Construction of Nihonbashi 1-chome Mitsui Building completed

Mar. 2004

COREDO Nihonbashi opens

Jul. 2005

Construction of Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower completed

Oct. 2005

Mitsui Echigoya Station opens

A base for broadcasting the charms of the Nihonbashi district inside a recreation of the exterior of the Echigoya clothes store in the Edo period.
*An interim facility operated from October 2005 to March 2006. It no longer exists.

Dec. 2006

Muromachi Fukutoku-Juku, a site for sharing culture, opens

A site for sharing Japanese culture as a symbol of Fukutoku Jinja Shrine
*An interim facility operated from December 2006 to December 2012. It no longer exists.

Oct. 2010

Construction of Muromachi Higashi Mitsui Building completed

Oct. 2010

COREDO Muromachi 1 opens

Jan. 2013

Construction of Nihonbashi Astellas Mitsui Building completed

Nihonbashi Revitalization Plan Stage 2

Feb. 2014

Construction of Muromachi Furukawa Mitsui Building and Muromachi Chibagin Mitsui Building completed

Mar. 2014

COREDO Muromachi 2 and COREDO Muromachi 3 open

Oct. 2014

Reconstruction of Fukutoku Jinja Shrine completed

Sep. 2016

Fukutoku Garden completed

Jun. 2018

Construction of Nihonbashi Takashimaya Mitsui Building completed

Jun. 2018

Construction of OVOL Nihonbashi Building completed

Mar. 2019

Construction of Nihonbashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower completed

Sep. 2019

COREDO Muromachi Terrace opens

Launch of Nihonbashi Revitalization Plan Stage 3 Launch of Nihonbashi Revitalization Plan Stage 3