5 Stops from Nihonbashi
8 months have passed since I moved to the new place where I live now.Time flies indeed! I’m already accustomed to my Katsushika neighborhood.My everyday walk to the station and my commuting to work are just one of my ordinary routines.
It is, in fact, a nice feeling to have that comfort when you ride the same train every day and telling yourself that you are not going to miss your stop no matter what.As funny as it may sound maybe some of you have already memorized all the station`s name of your everyday route.I haven’t reached that point yet though.
Anyway, one day,spontaneity led me to an out of the blue adventure. I thought it would be fun to explore the stations that I pass by every day, the same line in which my monthly pass has a big advantage of.Going on a trip this way might not be grand for locals and travel enthusiast who have already explored many places, yet for me, it is my first step of discovering my personal language of travel.
So, in this blog, I would like to share what impressions I had as I toured in each station, plus a little background about them.However, just a disclaimer I didn’t have enough time to look into the corner of each station, but on second thought I will give out the things which I have only observed.In addition, the extra information of each station I hopped, will be based on my interviews and of course the internet. So without further ado, let’s start!
Nihonbashi is always my first stop in transferring to another line going to work. According to history, Nihonbashi (日橋,” Japan Bridge”) was a major mercantile center during the Edo period and it is in Nihonbashi where first Japan ‘s department store was developed, Mitsukoshi.
This bridge first became popular during the 7th century because it was the eastern terminus of Nakasendo and the Tokaido roads which ran between Edo and Kyoto.In the Meiji era, the wooden bridge was replaced by a larger stone bridge, which still stands today.(Wikipedia)
The area surrounding the bridge was burned to the ground during the massive 1945 bombing in Tokyo, considered the largest air raid in history.Despite careful maintenance and restoration, one area of the bridge still has scars burned into the stone from an incendiary bomb. It is one of the few traces left from the firebombing that leveled most of Tokyo.
There would be a detailed study of one project from Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism with the goal of beginning construction following the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.If implemented, the construction is expected to total Y500 billion (about US$4+ billion).
What do I think about Nihonbashi? In my own way of looking, Nihonbashi has a statement of sophistication because of the beautiful atmosphere represented by different buildings, shops and a state of the art infrastructure.
Personally, I think if a foreigner knows a bit about its history, perhaps one would think about getting into a time machine just to turn back the time and experience more the real beauty Nihonbashi has to offer.Honestly speaking, the bridge looks typical, yet a little mysterious in a way as if only the past has the key to unravel.
Next hop is Ningyocho.Ningyocho is the second station counting backward from Nihonbashi.Nihonbashi and Ningyocho are neighbors, however, they can be described differently from my own perspective.
What do I think of this station? At first, I thought there was nothing much, however, that impression never lasted.Ningyocho is like a one-stop shop. If you visit this station you will be able to see some interesting shops, unique landmarks, a beautiful shrine, a temple plus a shoe repair shop.Not only that but also this station has a homey vibe and a laid-back aura which in short, a perfect place to chill.
Higashi- Nihombashi was my next stop from Ningyocho. Ah! Higashi Nihombashi. If I were to choose one adjective describing Higashi-Nihombashi that would be hushed.
Literally, you will be able to hear a needle drop.Maybe I sound like I’m exaggerating, but it is really true.Well, this station can’t be judged merely like a book by its cover though because as I scanned through it has something to offer.
Asakusabashi is the next stop from Higashi- Nihombashi. This station is a district of Taito, Tokyo. The district is traditionally known for many wholesale stores, and recently known for its large stores selling traditional Japanese dolls.Asakusabashi is located just 1 train station away in the Sobu Line from Akihabara, the famous Tokyo area where you can find most of the electronic shops in town, also the Sega arcade and many anime goods.
Also, just 1 station away in the Sobu Line is the Ryogoku Station, the area where most of the sumo wrestlers live due to many Sumo Stables. Asakusabashi is a great neighborhood for travelers looking for a cheap stay in a less- famous but very convenient area.(Wikipedia)
Kuramae station opened on December 4, 1960, as a station of TOEI Line 1 ( the present day Asakusa Line). The station serves the Kuramae and Kotobuki neighborhoods.
Nearby are the Kuramae Water Treatment Center (on the site of the old Kuramae sumo stadium, which the station served until the stadium closed), the Sumida River, National Route 6, offices of the Waterworks and Bureau of Sewerage, the Torigoe Shrine (Wikipedia)
The final stop of my random adventure was Kuramae station. It is the 5th stop from Nihonbashi. This station seems to be alive compared to the other four stations.It also reminds me of Cebu maybe because of some similarities with its structures. Anyway, one day was not enough to explore the 5 stations I visited. Although Kuramae was the 5th stop, definitely, it will not be the last.In other words, I will tell you more about the remaining stops in my everyday travel. So stay tuned and who knows you will be exploring your train line too and trust me it is really fun to know your neighborhood in a non-fancy way.