Yaesu (八重洲?) is a neighborhood in Chūō, Tokyo, Japan, located north of Ginza, west of Nihonbashi and Kyōbashi, and adjacent to the east side of Tokyo Station. The Yaesu exit, which faces Nihonbashi, is recent and primarily provides access to the Shinkansen platforms.
The area was named after the 17th century Dutch adventurer Jan Joosten van Lodensteijn, or simply Jan Joosten. For his services to Tokugawa Ieyasu he was granted a house in Edo (now Tokyo) in an area that came to be called "Yayosu Quay" after him — his name was pronounced yan yōsuten in Japanese (short version: Yayōsu (耶楊子)) — the Yaesu side of Tokyo Station is also named for him. Yaesu Avenue has a monument dedicated to Jan Joosten and his life after his arrival in Japan on De Liefde with his shipmate William Adams.
Places in Yaesu
- Tokyo Station and highway bus platforms
- Yaesu underground shopping promenade, which extends eastward from Tokyo Station down Yaesu Avenue.
Companies based in Yaesu
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- Asahi Mutual Life Insurance Co
- J. Front Retailing, company that holds the stock in Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department-store chains
- The Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance Co.
- Yaesu, a manufacturer of communications equipment, was formerly located here.
Railway and subway stations
- Kyōbashi Station (Ginza Line)
- Nihombashi Station (Ginza Line, Tozai Line)
- Tokyo Station (Chūō Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Keiyo Line, Marunouchi Line, Shinkansen lines, Yamanote Line, Yokosuka Line)
Coordinates: (Yaesu Avenue)