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Nihonbashi

The historical kilometer zero point in Tokyo

Nihonbashi ("Japan Bridge") is considered the kilometer zero point of Tokyo, the point held as a reference to indicate the distance to Tokyo on highways. The old wooden bridge built in the 17th century was replaced by a stone bridge in 1911, and it crosses the Nihonbashi river. Today, Nihonbashi is encircled by mostly commercial office buildings, including the Mitsukoshi department store. To see how the bridge looked like before, you need to check out the Edo paintings of the old simplistic wooden bridge; hard to believe that the bridge is actually in the same spot, especially considering the fact that Mount Fuji was visible from this spot at the time.

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