Kyōbashi

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Kyōbashi (京橋?) is the name of a bridge as well as the geographical region around it. Two regions with this name exist in Japan, one is in Tokyo and one lies in Osaka. It refers to a bridge connecting roads to the capital in castle towns.

Tokyo[edit]

Kyōbashi no Oyabashira is a pillar which is the only remnant of the old Kyōbashi (bridge) in Tokyo.(35°40′30.64″N 139°46′9.46″E / 35.6751778°N 139.7692944°E / 35.6751778; 139.7692944)
"Bamboo Quay by Kyōbashi Bridge" from the "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" by Hiroshige - Brooklyn Museum

Kyōbashi is a neighborhood east of Tokyo Station in Chūō, Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the city's oldest commercial districts, although it has since been eclipsed by Ginza to the south and Nihonbashi to the north. Kyōbashi and Takarachō stations provide subway service. Its name comes from the bridge that once spanned the Kyōbashi River.

The Kyōbashi, or Capital Bridge, linked the Ginza and the Kyōbashi neighborhood. According to the sign erected at the site by the Chuo-ku Board of Education, together with Nihonbashi, it was one of the famous bridges of Edo. When the river was filled in 1959, the bridge was removed. Today, a pillar stands to mark the site of the old bridge.

Osaka[edit]

Kyōbashi also refers to the commercial district around Kyōbashi Station in Jōtō-ku and Miyakojima-ku, Osaka. It is located to the north of Osaka Castle. The Kyōbashi area is named after the Kyōbashi bridge. The term "Kyobashi" means "capital bridge", named as it was because the bridge originally lead to Kyoto, the capital of Japan during that time. Today there are many izakayas, shot bars and love hotels in the area.