Nihonbashi, literally meaning Japan bridge, it the name of a bridge and the district it's located. The bridge was in the Edo period designated by the Tokugawa Shogunate as the starting point of five major roads heading from Edo (modern day Tokyo) to other parts of Japan, and commerce has flourished here ever since. Kyobashi is the name of the district adjoining Nihonbashi in the south (its name also comes from the name of a bridge called Kyobashi which used to be here).
In late October, a festival called the Nihonbashi Kyobashi Matsuri (日本橋・京橋まつり) is held in these two districts.
Present Nihonbashi Bridge was completed in 1911 with stone and is designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
Nihonbashi Kyobashi Matsuri
At the Nihonbashi Kyobashi Matsuri, held in late October along the main street of the Nihonbashi and Kyobashi districts of Chuo-ku, Tokyo, various traditional festival dances from around the nation parade through the street from south to north.
At first, local entities and public sector organizations proceed in Western-style like marching band.
After that, traditional dances from across Japan march the street (Shokoku-orai Parade).
At a street near the Nihonbashi Bridge, a fair selling various local goods from across the nation will be set up.
Event Map (2017)
The Opening Parade kicks off from 11:20 and the Shokoku-orai Parade from 11:45 from south, heading north.
After all the participants of the processions have passed, traditional dance will be street-performed from 1:10pm at Point 1, from 1:15pm at Point 2, from 1:20pm at Point 3, from 1:25pm at Point 4, and from 0:10pm & 2:10pm at Point 5 (what're going to be performed at these points differ from each other).
Some more events will also take place at the Aki no Oedo Matsuri .