Nihonbashi which can be directly translated to Japanese Bridge is a business and commercial district in Japan. Although not known to many, Nihonbashi is the geographical centre of Tokyo and provides great connectivity to key locations within and out of the prefecture. This article will showcase some of the best and recommended Serviced Apartments in the Nihonbashi area.

Why we recommend staying in Serviced Apartments?

Moving to Tokyo, one of your first concerns is probably regarding a place to live. One of the easiest ways to find one is probably by using a traditional hotel which tends to be often costly. We, therefore, propose the usage of a Serviced Apartments due to its more affordable prices with the other benefits summarized below;

  • Fully equipped with furniture and daily electronic devices.
  • No upfront cost of renting (Most Real Estate Agencies in Japan tend to charge initial costs before moving into an apartment).
  • Often provide concierge services like hotels.
  • Routine housekeeping services.
  • All-inclusive rent (Utility and internet fees are all included in the rent)
  • A Guarantor or a Rental Guarantor is not required.

Overall, Serviced Apartments are a smart and relatively cheaper way to live in Tokyo.

Characteristics of the Nihonbashi Area?

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History, culture and commerce are some of the many words that are often used to describe the Nihonbashi area. With a past of being the capital of Japan, modern-day Nihonbashi still draws strong inspiration from the Edo period (1603-1868) allowing visitors to find some of the best kimono (A Japanese Traditional Garment), steel knives and local food stores. It is also a business district with major financial institutes such as the Bank of Tokyo and the Tokyo Stock Exchange laying its roots in the area.

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Bank of Tokyo

Webpage: https://www.boj.or.jp/en/index.htm/

Address: 2 Chome-1-1 Nihonbashihongokucho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0021

How to get here?

  • A 5-minutes walk from Mitsukoshi Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line & Ginza Line)
  • A 6-minute walk from Kanda Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Yamanote Line, Chuo Line, and the Keihin-Tohoku Line)

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Tokyo Stock Exchange

Website: https://www.jpx.co.jp/english/

Address: 2-1 Nihonbashikabutocho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-8220

How to get here?

  • A 7-minute walk from Kayabacho Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai line & Hibiya Line)
  • A 5-minute walk from Nihombashi (Toei Asakusa Line)

Living in the Nihonbashi Area

As a foreigner, Nihonbashi is a very attractive area to live in mainly for two reasons;

Firstly, the Nihonbashi area is within a walking distance from Tokyo Central Station which is used by 450,000 people daily who are supported by approximately 4000 trains. Moreover, if you are considering to use the bullet trains, Tokyo station is also the main Shinkansen Terminal which makes your journey in and out of Tokyo much easier.

It is also a great location to learn and experience the Japanese culture first hand! Apart from being able to buy traditional items as mentioned previously, the area is filled with historical architecture. Some of my favourites include the famous Nihonhashi (A recreated stone bridge the area was named for) and the Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi (The first departmental store in Japan).

The opportunity to expose oneself to the Japanese culture and the convenience from Tokyo Main station are some of the reasons that make Nihonbashi a great area to live in as a foreigner.

 

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Nihonbashi Bridge

Address: From Nihonbashi 1-chome to Nihonbashi Muromachi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

How to get here?

  • A 1-minute walk from Mitsukoshi-Mae Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line & Ginza Line)

Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi

Website: https://mitsukoshi.mistore.jp/store/nihombashi/foreign_customer/index.html

Address: 1 Chome-4-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0022

How to get here?

  • A 1-minute walk from Mitsukoshi-Mae Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line & Ginza Line)
  • A 5-minute walk from Nihombashi Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)

Serviced Apartments in Nihonbashi

Galicia Nihonbashi SuitenguGalicia Nihonbashi Suitengu

One of the most highly sought out Serviced Apartments in the area – Galicia Nihonbashi Suitengu is a 25.4sqm, 1-bed room Serviced Apartment that accommodates up to 2 people. The popularity can be derived from the spacious room set up and the strategic location of the apartment (Accessible to 3 different train lines by walking).

The classic colour combo of blue and white prominently freshens up the room providing a stylish and contemporary vibe. It is also surrounded by various convenience stores and supermarkets which are important elements when considering your accommodation in Japan.

Galicia Nihombashi Suitengu 1br 503

Access

  • A 3-minute walk from Suitengu-Mae Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)
  • A 6-minute walk from Kayabachō Station (Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line)
  • An 8-minute walk from Ningyōchō Station (Toei Asakusa Line & Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)

CK HachoboriCK Hachobori

South-East of Nihonbashi lies Hatchobori which is a famous place for historical sites and a wide range of gourmet choices. Located closely from the Hatchobori Station, CK Hachobori has recently just started operating as a Serviced Apartment.

This Serviced Apartment is widely praised due to it, being relatively larger (28sqm) than the average Serviced Apartments in Tokyo (25sqm). Moreover, the personal touch of this accommodation is the Ukio-e art on the wall which complements the simple white walls. My personal recommendation will be room 601 as it is slightly larger (33sqm) than the other counterparts while also having a balcony that easily fits two for a lazy day at home.

CK Hachobori 601

CK Hachobori 802

Access

  • A 3-minute walk from Hatchōbori Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
  • A 6-minute walk from Kyōbashi Station Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
  • A 5-minute walk from Takarachō Station (Toei Asakusa Line)

Reve NihonbashiReve Nihonbashi

Comparing the Nihombashi Area to other Serviced Apartment dense location such as Roppongi it is hard to come about Serviced Apartments that cater towards a slightly luxury-minded audience. The Reve Nihombashi is a designer apartment located between Ningyōchō and Kodemmachō with the highlight of this apartment being the carefully selected furniture. From the playful chest used as a TV stand to the full-length mirror reminiscing those of the Renaissance Era, the Reve Nihonbashi will add colour to your life.

The Reve Nihombashi 1dk

Access

  • A 6-minute walk to Ningyōchō Station (Toei Asakusa Station & Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
  • A 6-minute walk to Kodemmachō Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
  • A 9-minute walk from Mitsukoshi-Mae Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line & Hanzomon Line)

Skycourt Nihonbashi Ningyocho & Skycourt Nihonbashi Hamacho

Managed by the same owner, Skycourt Nihonbashi Ningyocho & Hamacho are perfect Serviced Apartments for those travelling alone. Despite the relatively cheap prices, the accommodation is fully equipped with daily necessities such as a Washing Machine and a Microwave. Being located in two different parts of Nihonbashi this allows guests to select an apartment closer to their respective needs.

Skycourt Nihonbashi NingyochoSkycourt Nihonbashi Ningyocho

Skycourt Nihonbashi Ningyocho

Access

  • A 1-minute walk from Ningyōchō Station (Toei Asakusa Line & Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
  • A 9-minute walk from Hamacho Station (Toei Asakusa Line)

Skycourt Nihonbashi HamachoSkycourt Nihonbashi Hamacho

Skycourt Nihonbashi Hamacho

Access

  • A 3-minute walk from Hamacho Station (Toei Shinjuku Line)
  • A 5-minute walk from Higashi-nihombashi Station (Toei Asakusa Line)

The process of applying and moving into a Serviced Apartment in Japan

Being the geographical centre of Tokyo, Nihonbashi is a convenient area to base yourself in Japan. Lastly, we will share with you the application and moving-in process to a Serviced Apartment in Tokyo. The platform that we want to introduce is the MetroResidences Serviced Apartment website.

Checking for room availability

Firstly, find a serviced apartment to your liking on the website by using the provided area and pricing filters. Once you found your dream home, you will need to check the availability.

This can be done by clicking Book Now at the bottom of the page and select the duration of your stay. However, the availability of some of the bookings cannot be check. Instead, you can fill in the enquiry form, email us at booking.jp@metroresidences.com or call us at 03-4405-522. Our knowledgeable sales staff will get back to you at the fastest available timing.

Booking Procedures

Once you found an available room that meets your needs and schedule, you are ready to make your reservation! A Personal Photo identification document such as a passport or driving licenses will need to be submitted. For corporate bookings kindly also attach your corporate registry. We will verify the documents and if all goes well, we will send you the invoice with the full breakdown.

Payment

The initial payment with Metroresidences will include the following;

  • A security deposit (which will be returned to you at the end of your stay.)
  • A down payment for one months’ worth of rent
  • The cleaning expenses for when you leave the apartment.

Contract

After a simple background check has been conducted, we will send you a digital and physical contract. It will then need to be signed and returned back to us. Once, that has been done you are ready to move into your new serviced apartment!

Moving in

Once payment and the contract had been confirmed our front office team will inform you of the check-in procedures.

Summary

The Nihonbashi area offers various types of serviced apartments. By using the MetroResidences Webpage, allow our team to assist you in finding your home away from home. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more about Metroresidences.

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