A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

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COURSE3
  • The photo spots are in the town of Edo!
  • Looking for Ukiyoe in Chuo City
  • Walk around Chuo City and visit the places depicted in ukiyoe. Take photos as a keepsake. Share them on SNS as new photo spots! While appreciating the difference between the present and the past, enjoy the appeal of ukiyoe, popular both inside and outside Japan, and those of Chuo City.

* Published content contains information as of November 2016. Business days, business hours, rates, etc. may be changed due to the circumstances of the place of publication. Please check with each publisher for the latest information.

Walk around Chuo City and visit the places depicted in ukiyoe. Take photos as a keepsake. Share them on SNS as new photo spots! While appreciating the difference between the present and the past, enjoy the appeal of ukiyoe, popular both inside and outside Japan, and those of Chuo City.

“Ukiyoe” is
a genre of art established during the Edo period (1603-1868) in the form of Japan’s traditional woodblock prints and original drawings. Now it generally means multicolored prints mainly depicting the manners and customs of the people of the time.

* The listed times are for reference only.

“Ukiyoe” is a genre of art established during the Edo period (1603-1868) in the form of Japan’s traditional woodblock prints and original drawings. Now it generally means multicolored prints mainly depicting the manners and customs of the people of the time.

A five-minute walk
  • Sightseeing
01
  • Kyobashi
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • Although it has been turned into an expressway, Kyobashi River used to run along this route and on its banks were areas called Takegashi where bamboo craftsmen used to live and Shirauo Gashi where shirauo (white fish) were sold. “Kyobashi Takegashi” is a ukiyoe print depicting the Takegashi seen from the Kyobashi Bridge. The bridge was transformed from a wooden to a stone structure, and its main pillars are still standing.
  • Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Kyobashi Takegashi"

    Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Kyobashi Takegashi"

    Utagawa Hiroshige
    "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Kyobashi Takegashi"
    Provided by:The National Diet Library
  • Address
    The outskirts of Kyobashi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Access
    A one-minute walk from Kyobashi Station Exit 3 on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
A fifteen-minute walk
  • Sightseeing
02
  • Teppou-zu Inari Jinja Temple
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • Teppou-zu Inari Jinja is said to have been built in 841. The shrine is dedicated to the guardian deity of Kyobashi area. It used to stand on the junction of Kyobashi River and Sumida River, and was respected by sailors. Such scenes are long gone, but the shrine is still visited by many local citizens.
  • Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Inari Bridge and Minato Shrine at Teppozu"

    Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Inari Bridge and Minato Temple at Teppozu"

    Utagawa Hiroshige
    "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Inari Bridge and Minato Temple at Teppozu"
    Provided by:The National Diet Library
A fifteen-minute walk
  • Sightseeing
03
  • Eitai Bridge
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • Eitai Bridge was first built about 100 meters upstream in 1698. It was a large bridge, just as it is now, so as to let people cross and big cargo boats pass under. The ukiyoe depicts a busy day at that time. The bridge built in 1926 was modeled after Ludendorff Railway-Bridge in Germany.
    *The bridge is under renovation until March 31, 2020 to extend its useful life.
  • Utagawa Hiroshige Eitai Bridge and New Land at Fukagawa

    Utagawa Hiroshige Eitai Bridge and New Land at Fukagawa

    Utagawa Hiroshige Eitai Bridge and New Land at Fukagawa
    Provided by:The National Diet Library
  • Address
    The neighborhood of Shinkawa 1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Access
    A fifteen-minute walk from Hatchobori Station on the JR Line, or the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
A twenty-minute walk
  • Sightseeing
04
  • Shin-ohashi Bridge
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • The bridge was named Shin-ohashi, or new Ohashi, because it was built after Ohashi (present Ryogoku Bridge) in 1694. The ukiyoe titled: “Sudden Shower over Shin-ohashi bridge and Atake” is a scene showing people surprised by a sudden shower depicted from the Nihonbashi side of the river. Western artists were inspired by the unique composition and Vincent van Gogh reproduced the print in oil.
  • Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Sudden Shower over Shin-ohashi bridge and Atake"

    Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Sudden Shower over Shin-ohashi bridge and Atake"

    Utagawa Hiroshige
    "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Sudden Shower over Shin-ohashi bridge and Atake"
    Provided by:Tokyo Fuji Art Museum
  • Address
    2-chome and 3-chome, Hamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Access
    A ten-minute walk from Suitengumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line
A twenty-minute walk
  • Sightseeing
05
  • Nihonbashi Odemmacho
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • The town of Odenmacho grew up along the Nikko and Edo Highways, which were two of the main highways during the Edo period. Odenmacho was the largest wholesale cotton cloth district in Edo. The scenery in the area has changed, but back in the Edo period the view extended as far as Mt. Fuji.
  • Utagawa Hiroshige Prosperity in Odenmagai in the Eastern Capital

    Utagawa Hiroshige Prosperity in Odenmagai in the Eastern Capital

    Utagawa Hiroshige "Prosperity in Odenmagai in the Eastern Capital"
    Provided by:The National Diet Library
  • Address
    The outskirts of Odenmacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Access
    A five-minute walk from Kodemmacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
A two-minute walk
  • Sightseeing
  • Buy
05-a
  • Edoya
  • Time required: About 30 minutes
  • Edoya is a shop that has specialized in brushes since 1718. Now the shop sells a total of 3,000 kinds of products, including not only the dyeing, powder and printing brushes, which it has sold since its early days, but also hair and make-up brushes. Why not explore the world of specialist brushes made in Japan with great craftsmanship?
  • Edoyaイメージ写真1

    Edoyaイメージ写真2

A three-minute walk
  • Sightseeing
  • Buy
05-b
  • OZU WASHI Ozu History Museum
  • Time required: About 30 minutes
  • Founded in 1653, OZU WASHI is a shop that specializes in washi (Japanese paper). The shop still operates in the same location as it appears in the ukiyoe titled: “Prosperity in Odenmagai in the Eastern Capital. ” Visitors will learn how things were at the time at Ozu History Museum, located on the third floor, which exhibits historical documents and materials related to the shop. On the first floor, about 3,000 kinds of unique washi are sold and there is also a studio where you can experience the process of making handmade washi.
  • OZU WASHI Ozu History Museum イメージ写真1

    OZU WASHI Ozu History Museum イメージ写真2

A two-minute walk
  • Sightseeing
  • Buy
05-c
  • IBASEN Ukiyoe Museum
  • Time required: About 30 minutes
  • Founded in 1590, IBASEN used to sell Uchiwa (traditional Japanese fans) and Sensu (traditional Japanese folding fans) decorated with ukiyoe woodblock prints. IBASEN then became the publisher of many ukiyoe prints. The museum next to the store exhibits the ukiyoe prints IBASEN owns as well as works of modern artists. As chairs are provided, take a rest, enjoy the exhibited works and be sure to put your comments in the notebook for the museum’s visitors. The Sensu and Uchiwa with Japanese designs are popular as souvenirs.
  • IBASEN Ukiyoe Museumイメージ写真1

    IBASEN Ukiyoe Museumイメージ写真2

A seven-minute walk
  • Sightseeing
06
  • Mitsukoshimae
  • Time required: About 5 minutes
  • Surugacho, the area around the street between the present Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store and Mitsui Memorial Museum was first developed to have the view of Mt. Fuji of Suruga right in front. Echigoya, a kimono fabrics merchandising company, was founded in 1673 and relocated to both sides of the street 10 years later, renaming the two stores Mitsukoshi and Mitsui respectively. The names remain to date. The ukiyoe depicts the street bustling with people.
  • Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Surugacho"

    Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Surugacho"

    Utagawa Hiroshige
    "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Surugacho"
    Provided by:The National Diet Library
A five-minute walk
  • Sightseeing

07

GOAL

  • Nihonbashi
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • Built in 1603, Nihonbashi Bridge served as the center of Japan at that time, being designated as the starting point of the five major roads (national highways). It was a bridge busy with people. The ukiyoe depicts a view of the Edobashi Bridge seen from Nihonbashi Bridge with a lively scene of many boats selling freshly caught fish. The existing bridge was built in 1911 and designated as an important cultural property.
  • Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Nihonbashi Bridge and Edobashi Bridge"

    Utagawa Hiroshige "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Nihonbashi Bridge and Edobashi Bridge"

    Utagawa Hiroshige
    "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Nihonbashi Bridge and Edobashi Bridge"
    Provided by:The National Diet Library

Route map

Introduction of local specialty shops in Chuo City—you can experience foods and items collected from around Japan.

Introduction of local specialty shops in Chuo City—you can experience foods and items collected from around Japan.