Located in the center of Tokyo, Chuo-ku has Tsukiji Market where vendors voices fill the air; Nihonbashi, Yaesu, and other business districts that lead the Japanese economy; Ginza with its fashionable flavor; and Ningyocho and Tsukishima where the traditional and colorful atmosphere of the Edo period remains. In addition to inheriting historical and traditional culture, Chuo-ku continues to evolve and impress us with its development.
Close to the Financial Street where the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the head office of the Bank of Japan are located, you will find several department stores. Mitsui Echigoya Gofukuten, the place of origin of the Mitsui Group, was established in the Edo period. Under the redevelopment plan of the Mitsui Fudosan Group, the prosperously developed Japanese economic and cultural center is given new vitality to create a new style and charm, while still inheriting and building upon unique culture.
The world famous Ginza is adored by people as the most exclusive shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo. After being destroyed in a conflagration in 1872, the foundations of modern Ginza were built through its redevelopment as a model area of Western architecture at the beginning of the Meiji era. Sidewalks lined with highly evocative streetlights and willow trees lend an air of opulence amid breathtaking streets laid down in a checkerboard pattern around the Wako clock tower in Ginza 4-chome. From long-established stores that stand as living monuments to history to the presence of art galleries, jewelry shops and outlets selling upscale foreign brands, businesses in the area have helped Ginza cement its status as one of Japan’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Sprinkled throughout the vicinity are the Kabuki-za Theater, the Yurakucho Marion Building and various other attractions that draw an unending stream of tourists.
In the Tsukishima area, you see a mix of the new and old due to large-scale developments. The commanding view of Okawabata River City 21, a pioneer in large-scale waterfront developments in Tokyo, continues to impress us. In the Tsukuda area, you can see scenes filled with the warm atmosphere of a downtown neighborhood, where there is a mix of new and old buildings. This area by the Sumida River was originally established in the Edo period and was a busy center for the shipping industry. The area around Tsukishima’s Monja Street is the source of a unique food culture that you cannot find anywhere else and that has spread nationwide, and it attracts many people to come and explore the streets. You can say that this combination of the good old days and of modern spaces has become the new appealing aspect of this neighborhood. They are sure to continue communicating new lifestyle scenes with an emphasis on maintaining harmony between the old and the new.
Unlike Tokyo inland, Harumi has some remnants of its early development and is an emerging area in Tokyo Bay. In addition to the advantage of overlooking Tokyo Bay, some regions have gained publicity as the pre-selected 2020 Tokyo Olympic Village and venue. To welcome the Olympic Games, the transportation network and other living facilities have expanded and developed. After the Olympics, the Athletes’ Village will be converted into a medium-rise and high-rise residential area with about 5000 households in total for rent or sale. The population is expected to increase by about 10,000 and we are excited to see how this area will continue to change.