Higashi Nihombashi

Higashi Nihombashi Station is located on the Toei Asakusa Subway Line in the Nihombashi district of Chuo Ward of Tokyo.

Higashi (‘East’ in Japanese) Nihombashi is a relatively quieter area compared to the rest of Nihombashi. It is mainly residential and has few attractions. Two places of interest located near the station are:

Yagenbori Fudoson Temple

Yagenbori Fudoson Temple is a temple dedicated to Fudoson, a deity of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. Located 2 minute walk from Higashi Nihombashi Station, the Temple is better known for its year-end fair, Toshi-no-ichi. Held every year between December 27 and 29, the fair is an annual market selling decorations to put up in and around the house to welcome the New Year. For 3 days the area around the temple becomes a lively place with stalls of all kinds and traders calling at customers to stop by. The fair is so popular that it attracts people from all over the city.

Iris Button Museum

Located 5 minutes walk from Higashi Nihombashi Station is this small and unique museum dedicated to buttons. Housed in a tastefully furnished 18th century European style room, Iris Button Museum displays a vast variety of buttons from the 13th century onwards. There are buttons made of various materials – from wood and bone, to pearls, ivory, gold and silver. There are German Toggle Buttons, Hungarian Turkish buttons, and the pride of their collection, an Andalsian Button from the 16th century. A short informative video is also available for viewing.


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