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Tokyo Travel Guide

Nihombashi, Ginza, and Yuraku-cho

Tokyo is a city of many centers. The municipal administrative center is in Shinjuku. The national government center is in Kasumigaseki. Nihombashi is the center of banking and finance, Marunouchi the city’s biggest business district, and Ginza stands out as the ritzy shopping area.

When Ieyasu Tokugawa had the first bridge constructed at Nihombashi, he designated it the starting

point for the five great roads leading out of his city, the point from which all distances were to be measured. His decree is still in force: the black pole on the present bridge, erected in 1911, is the Zero Kilometer marker for all the national highways and is considered the true center of Tokyo.

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