Station lies on the Tokyo
Metro Ginza and Hanzomon Lines in
the Nihombashi district of Chuo
Ward of Tokyo. The station takes
its name from Mitsukoshi Department
Store which is located adjacent
to the station.
Mitsukoshi Department Store
Mitsukoshi is Tokyo's oldest and
most famous department store. Founded
in 1673 as a kimono outlet, it gradually
grew to include gifts and other
daily necessities. By the 1960’s
it had grown into the most prestigious
department store in Asia that stocked
almost everything. This "Harrods
of Tokyo" is the root of the
Bank of Japan
The Bank of Japan is a major attraction
in the vicinity of Mitsukoshimae
Station. Located just 1 minute on
foot from the Station, it is the
central bank of Japan established
under the Bank of Japan Act in June
1882. In 1942, it was reorganized
under the Law of 1942 which stated
the objectives of the Bank as "the
regulation of the currency, control
and facilitation of credit and finance,
and the maintenance and fostering
of the credit system, pursuant to
national policy, in order that the
general economic activities of the
nation might adequately be enhanced".
In 1997, the Law was revised to
also include the principles of "independence"
The Bank of Japan is located in
three buildings - the Old Building,
the New Building and the Annex Building.
The Old Building, built in 1896,
is one of the best examples of western-style
architecture of the Meiji era (1868-1912).
It is built in the "Neo-Baroque"
architectural style that combines
the Baroque and Renaissance styles.
The Old Building has been designated
an important cultural property by
the government. The 10-story New
Building was built in 1973 and the
Annex Building in 1982. The Annex
Building houses the Currency Museum
of the Bank of Japan.
Currency Museum of the Bank of Japan
The Currency Museum of the Bank
of Japan was founded in 1982 in
commemoration of the Bank’s
centenary. This museum, which belongs
to the Institute for Monetary and
Economic Studies of the Bank, introduces
the history of money in Japan from
ancient times to the birth of the
yen. The museum also showcases coins
and notes of countries throughout
the world. These domestic and foreign
notes and coins are those which
the Bank has collected since its
foundation for research purposes.
The prize collection of the museum
is the Sempeikan Collection acquired
from renowned numismatist Keibun
Tanaka at the close of the Second
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