Firm Overview and Locations

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Overview

Services

  • Filing and prosecution of Japanese patent applications, foreign patent applications, and Japanese patent applications based on foreign priority cases
  • Filing and prosecution of applications for utility models, designs, and trademarks
  • Oppositions, third-party submissions of prior art, administrative appeals, judicial appeals, opinion letters, and infringement litigation in connection with the foregoing
  • License agreements, valuation of intellectual property, prior art searches, antitrust law, copyright law, and so forth
  • Host seminars and workshops at, serve as outside patent counsel for, and provide various forms of legal advice to: corporations, universities, private and public foundations, nonprofit organizations, and various other types of organizations

Organizational Structure

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History

Jan 1998
Founding of firm as “Suzuki and Associates International Patent Firm”
Jun 1999
Name of firm changed to “Unius Patent Attorneys Office”; registration of same as proprietary trademark
Jul 2000
Relocation to larger office to accommodate increased business
Nov 2003
Number of patent attorneys employed by firm first exceeds 10
Jul 2006
Relocation of Osaka main office to present address (First Shinosaka MT Building)
Jan 2007
Patent Attorney Yuzo Ozaki appointed as Senior Managing Partner
Oct 2007
Firm hosts “Unius Patent Attorneys Office 10th Anniversary Seminar” to celebrate 10 years of success since founding of firm
Jan 2008
Firm registered as professional corporation
Jul 2009
Number of patent attorneys employed by firm first exceeds 20
Jan 2011
Patent Attorney Toshihiko Taniguchi appointed as Senior Managing Partner
Jan 2015
Opening of Tokyo branch office
Jan 2017
Kouichi Kajisaki appointed as Senior Managing Partner

Locations

Osaka Main Office

Click here for general advice for finding our Osaka Main Office

Click here for directions to our Osaka office from JR Shinosaka station

Click here for directions to our Osaka office from Midosuji subway Shinosaka station

Osaka Main Office contact information

Unius Patent Attorneys Office (Osaka Main Office)
First Shinosaka MT Building 2nd Floor
5-13-9 Nishinakajima
Yodogawa-ku Osaka 532-0011 JAPAN

From inside Japan:
Telephone: 06 6838 0505 Fax: 06 6838 0515

From outside Japan:
Telephone: +81 6 6838 0505 Fax: +81 6 6838 0515

Email: office@unius-pa.com

General advice for finding our Osaka Main Office

  • Our building (First Shinosaka MT Building = 新大阪MTビル1号館) is the diagonally oriented orange square in the approximate center of the map below.
  • North is at the top in the map below. We are on the south side of Shinosaka Station.
  • If you come by taxi, the best landmark to give the driver will be the Washington Hotel (ワシントン ホテル).
  • Feel free to call us at 06 6838 0505 if you get lost. Ask the receptionist to transfer you to the attorney with whom you will be meeting.
  • Streets around our office are mostly unnamed and/or unlabeled. The only street which may provide some guidance is Shin-Midosuji Avenue (marked on map below), which runs north-south over the Midosuji subway line.
  • Better landmarks than any street names are the Washington Hotel (marked on map below) which is one block diagonally northeast from our office, the New Osaka Hotel (marked on map below) which is one block directly north from our office, and the “Komeda Coffee” sign (marked on map below) which is on the street corner just a few steps diagonally southwest from our office.
  • Overview of JR Shinosaka station:
    • JR Shinosaka station is a three-floor split-level structure (not counting the fourth floor, which is for bullet train departures/arrivals), the uppermost floor being for JR trains and taxi dropoff/pickup, the middle floor being for connection with the Midosuji subway, and the lowermost floor being for pedestrian traffic (ground level is somewhat oddly below subway level).
    • After arriving by train to JR Shinosaka station, find your way to the lowermost floor for the ground level exit that JR calls the “Central Gate” (indicated as “Central Exit” on the map below), and then follow any one of the routes labeled in red as A, B, or C on the map below.

  • Overview of Midosuji subway Shinosaka station:
    • If you are coming via Midosuji subway Shinosaka station, your first few steps as you get off the subway car will seal your fate, so be alert!
    • After arriving at Midosuji subway Shinosaka station, while still on the platform, walk to the southernmost end of the platform (south will be toward the back of the train if you came from Umeda), and take the stairs down to ground level for Exit 7.
    • From Midosuji subway Shinosaka station Exit 7, follow the route that starts near the head of the green dashed arrow, the tail of which is labeled in red as C, on the map below.
Osaka office street map

Coming to our Osaka Main Office from JR Tokaido line Shinosaka station:
Five-minute walk from JR Tokaido line Shinosaka station Central Exit.

  1. Upon exiting the JR tracks, follow signs for the “Central Gate”, which will lead you down several sets of stairs and ultimately out onto ground level with a view toward the south.

     

    As explained above, please do not be confused by the fact that JR signs refer to the south-side building exit (indicated as “Central Exit” on the map above) as the “Central Gate”.

JR Shinosaka Station Central (South) Exit
  1. Before going further, we recommend you try to get “the big picture” so you know the direction in which you should be heading.

     

    As you view the buildings to the south of the station, look ahead and slightly to your right (southwest) until you find the characters ワシントン ホテルプラザ high up on the side of the Washington Hotel (although not visible in the photograph, you should be able to make out these characters at the very top of the building). Also look to your far right (west) until you find the New Osaka Hotel (written in English).

View south from JR Shinosaka station Central Exit
COMMENT: The Washington Hotel should be one of the highest buildings in sight. The New Osaka Hotel is a couple of buildings to the right (west) of that.
  1. To further get “the big picture,” note that from the Central Exit in the map above there are three routes which you will know by presence of crosswalks and which are labeled in red as A, B, and C on the map above. From left to right as you face south from the Central Exit (“Gate”) stairs shown in the photograph at step 1, above, the routes labeled as A and B on the map are approximately equal distances (about 25 meters) to the left and right from the stairs shown in the photograph at step 1, above, while the route labeled as C on the map is located all the way to the right at the southwest corner of the station. These three routes with their respective crosswalks are shown in the photographs below. Route B is probably the easiest route to follow, but you should be able to find your way using any of the routes, so long as you keep “the big picture” in mind (pay particular attention to skyline in photographs and landmarks indicated on map).
ROUTE A

Route A (not recommended) is marked by a crosswalk which, as you face the south from the Central Exit (“Gate”) stairs shown in the photograph at step 1, above, is about 25 meters to the left (east) of the stairs. We do not recommend Route A, because it wanders around to the left (east) before merging with Route B at the nasic sign (see step 8, below) on the corner of the street block containing the Washington Hotel. If you do take Route A, the best advice we can give is that you keep the Washington Hotel in your sights as you follow the general flow of pedestrian traffic around to the left (east) and then to the right (west) toward the Washington Hotel (watch for tunnel shown at right at step 9, below). To come to our office by Route A, use your wits to get to the nasic sign (i.e., the point at which Routes A and B merge in the map above), and then follow the directions from step 9, below.
ROUTE B

Route B (recommended) is marked by a crosswalk which, as you face the south from the Central Exit (“Gate”) stairs shown in the photograph at step 1, above, is about 25 meters to the right (west) of the stairs. Directions for coming to our office by Route B are given from step 5, below. (Skip step 4 and proceed to step 5 if you know you will use Route B.)
JR Shinosaka Station Central Exit southwest crosswalk.jpg
ROUTE C

Route C is marked by a crosswalk which, as you face the south from the Central Exit (“Gate”) stairs shown in the photograph at step 1, above, is all the way to the right (west) at the southwest corner of the station. If you take Route C, keep the New Osaka Hotel in your sights as you follow the flow of pedestrian traffic from the southwest corner of the station and go under the underpass which leads to Shin-Midosuji Avenue. After you emerge from the underpass, continue walking in the same direction until you reach the New Osaka Hotel, which will be on your left as you walk south along Shin-Midosuji Avenue, and then proceed to step 4 of the Midosuji (not JR!) directions below.
JR Shinosaka southwest corner crosswalk
  1. Decide which route you are going to take. If you decide to take Route A, use your wits (and the advice above) to get to the nasic sign (i.e., the point at which Routes A and B merge in the map above), and then follow the directions from step 9, below. If you decide to take Route B, follow the directions from step 5, below. If you decide to take Route C, use your wits (and the advice above) to get to the New Osaka Hotel on Shin-Midosuji Avenue, and then follow the directions from step 4 of the Midosuji directions, below.
Route B Northern Territories sign
  1. (These are directions for Route B. For Route A or C, follow the directions at step 4, above.)

     

    From the crosswalk shown in the photo under Route B at step 3, above, follow the crosswalk, which will cause you to leave the station heading toward the south.

Continue following the crosswalk and pedestrian walkway, which will lead you around and to the right (west)…

 

Route B walkway
  1. …and then under a narrow set of elevated railroad tracks.
Route B underpass
  1. Immediately upon emerging from beneath the railroad tracks, you will see a traffic light which will allow you to cross the street to your left (south).

     

    When the traffic light indicates that it is safe for pedestrians to cross, follow the crosswalk to the left (south) to cross the street.

See traffic light
  1. As you cross the street, note the nasic sign on the corner of the street block directly in front of you (the nasic sign is the sign with the pinkish splotch of color visible just above the overhead walkway in the photograph at right).

     

    COMMENT: The nasic sign at this street corner marks the point at which Routes A and B merge in the map above.

Cross street and see nasic sign
When you get to street corner with nasic sign, keep nasic sign on your left as you walk toward Washington Hotel
  1. Here is a closer look at the nasic sign (the sign with the pink border in the photograph at right).

     

    When you get to the street corner under the nasic sign, fork to the right of the corner (keep the nasic sign on your left) so that you are walking west toward the Washington Hotel.

COMMENT: If you come by Route A (which was not recommended), you will go through this tunnel before reaching the nasic sign, which will be straight ahead as you emerge from the tunnel.

 

You will go through a tunnel like this if you come by Route A
  1. From the street corner where you should have forked to the right, follow the yellow tile past the “Media Cafe Popeye” and then past the Washington Hotel. Signs for the Washington Hotel are mostly in Japanese (see Japanese characters above) but you may notice a sign for the “Quality Store Seikatsu Saika” convenience store which abuts the Washington Hotel lobby.
Continue past the Washington Hotel
  1. Continuing in the same direction, cross the street at the zebra-stripe pedestrian crossing, and continue following the yellow tile (follow the “yellow brick road”) past a Doutor coffee shop with a yellow awning.

     

    (If the yellow awning is on your right as you walk down the street, turn around and retrace your steps until you find the other yellow awning. The correct yellow awning will be on your left as you walk toward Unius.)

Continue past Doutor coffee shop (yellow awning should be on your left)
COMMENT: Beware that the Doutor coffee shop actually has two yellow awnings!
  1. After passing the Doutor coffee shop, keep looking to the left until you see our building.

     

    Brick outer wall only has building name in Japanese (新大阪MTビル1号館).

     

    Inner glass doors have building name in Japanese (新大阪MTビル1号館) and English (Shin Osaka MT Bldg. 1).

     

    UNIUS is on the 2nd Floor.

Unius Osaka office building entrance
COMMENT: If you see a sign for “Yamaha” or “Komeda Coffee”, it probably means you have gone too far, so please turn around and retrace your steps until you find our building entrance.
  1. If you reach the “Komeda Coffee” sign in brown and orange lettering at the street corner, this means you have gone too far.

     

    From “Komeda Coffee”, walk just a few steps back in the direction from which you came (east).

     

    Walking back in the direction from which you came (east), you should see a “Yamaha” shop, and then the entrance to our building (see step 12., above).

See Komeda Coffee on corner as viewed from west
COMMENT: The “Komeda Coffee” sign is mostly in Japanese, so watch for the distinctive orange and brown lettering.

 

Coming to our Osaka Main Office from Midosuji subway line (“red” line) Shinosaka station:
Three-minute walk from Midosuji subway line Shinosaka station Exit No. 7.
NOTE 1: As explained above, Exit No. 7 is only accessible by exiting the Midosuji subway line Shinosaka station via the southernmost gate; however, this route can also be accessed when coming from JR Shinosaka station by following the green dashed arrow on the map above.
NOTE 2: If you followed the green dashed arrow on the map above to reach the New Osaka Hotel, because you should already be heading south on Shin-Midosuji Avenue, skip over steps 1 through 3 below, and proceed directly to step 4.

  1. After arriving at Midosuji subway Shinosaka station, go to the extreme south end of the platform, and follow signs for Exit No. 7 (circled “7″ on signs), which will lead you downstairs.

     

    COMMENT: Although this line is commonly referred to as the Midosuji “subway,” at Shinosaka station it is actually above ground.

Midosuji subway Shinosaka station platform
  1. Once downstairs, exit the subway station via Exit No. 7.

     

     

     

    At this point you will be facing directly south.

Midosuji subway Shinosaka station Exit 7
Upon reaching sidewalk, turn left and follow yellow inlaid tile.
  1. Upon reaching the sidewalk, immediately turn left (east).

     

    Follow the cobblestone with inlaid yellow tile (follow the “yellow brick road”) …

 

… and when you reach the crosswalk, cross the narrow street to reach the east side of Shin-Midosuji Avenue.

 

Cross the street and turn right to head south along Shin-Midosuji Avenue
  1. Once across the street, turn right to head south along the east side of Shin-Midosuji Avenue.

     

    COMMENT: If you followed the green dashed arrow (Route C) on the map above to reach the New Osaka Hotel, you should already be heading south on Shin-Midosuji Avenue, so there is no need to turn right onto Shin-Midosuji Avenue if coming via Route C.

 

Walk south along Shin-Midosuji Avenue past the New Osaka Hotel
View of Unius building from north on Shin-Midosuji Avenue
  1. When you reach a series of traffic lights and short zebra-stripe pedestrian crossings, follow the yellow tile straight ahead (south)

     

    COMMENT: At this time, if you look up and slightly toward your left (southeast) as you cross the series of short intersections, you should see the characters “MT-1″ near the top of our building.

Go straight through the series of short intersections (see Komeda Coffee on the far side of the intersection)

 

 

 

 

… and continue through the series of short intersections until you are completely across the street …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should see “Komeda Coffee” in orange and white lettering on the corner directly in front of you. “Yamaha” is to the left (east) of “Komeda Coffee”, and we are just past (east of) the “Yamaha” shop.
  1. When you get to the other side of the intersection, take a left in front of “Komeda Coffee” so that you are now heading east.

     

    Immediately past (east of) the “Komeda Coffee” you should see a “Yamaha” shop.

     

    Immediately past (east of) the “Yamaha” shop you should see the entrance to our building.

See Komeda Coffee on corner as viewed from west
  1. If you were looking to the right after going past “Komeda Coffee” and “Yamaha”, you should have seen our building entrance.

     

    Brick outer wall only has building name in Japanese (新大阪MTビル1号館).

     

    Inner glass doors have building name in Japanese and English (新大阪MTビル1号館 | Shin Osaka MT Bldg. 1).

     

    UNIUS is on the 2nd Floor.

Unius Osaka office building entrance
COMMENT: If you come to a Doutor coffee shop or a Lawson convenience store, please turn around and retrace your steps until you find our building.

 

Tokyo Branch Office

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Click here for directions to our Tokyo office from nearby stations other than Kodenmacho station

Tokyo Branch Office contact information

Unius Patent Attorneys Office (Tokyo Branch Office)
Shinnihonbashi Nagaoka Building Suite 5A
16-5 Nihonbashikodenma-cho
Chuo-ku Tokyo 103-0001 JAPAN

From inside Japan:
Telephone: 03 6264 9712 Fax: 03 6264 9713

From outside Japan:
Telephone: +81 3 6264 9712 Fax: +81 3 6264 9713

Email: office@unius-pa.com

 

General advice for finding our Tokyo Branch Office

  • Unfortunately there are few street signs or other landmarks to guide you as you walk from the station to our office, so your best strategy for finding us may be to print out and bring with you a copy of these street directions. Alternatively, if you call us at 03 6264 9712 when you arrive at the station, we will come to meet you.
  • In the map below, the red balloon and the characters “新日本橋長岡ビル” indicate the location of the Shinnihonbashi Nagaoka Building, which is where we are located.
  • True north is at the top in the map below, but our street directions below only approximate this, since we take the direction of the JR Sobu main line (JR総武本線) to be east-west, and we take the direction of the Tokyo metro Hibiya line (東京メトロ日比谷線) to be north-south.
  • Although streets around our office are mostly unlabeled, making street names somewhat unhelpful for finding us, it may be useful to note in the map below that:
    • The unmarked street which runs north-south through Kodenmacho station (小伝馬町駅) is Ningyomachi Avenue (人形街通り).
    • The unmarked street which runs north-south through Bakurocho station (馬喰町駅) and through Bakuroyokoyama station (馬喰横山駅) is Kiyosu-bashi Avenue (清洲橋通り).
    • The unmarked street running east-west through Kodenmacho station (小伝馬町駅) and Bakurocho station (馬喰町駅) over the JR Sobu main line (JR総武本線) is Edo Avenue (江戸通り).
Coming to our Tokyo Branch Office from Kodenmacho station on the Tokyo metro Hibiya line:
Five-minute walk from Tokyo metro Hibiya line Kodenmacho station Exit No. 2.

  1. After exiting Kodenmacho station via Exit No. 2 and climbing the stairs up to street level, you will find yourself facing west along Edo Avenue as you stand at the northeast corner of the intersection of Ningyomachi Avenue (which runs north-south) and Edo Avenue (which runs east-west). The photo below shows the view that greets you. Don’t cross the street!
Intersection of Ningyomachi Avenue and Edo Avenue
upside-down mapCOMMENT: Beware that maps like this one, found on the wall at Kodenmacho station Exit No. 2, can be more confusing than helpful (this map has south at the top). The closest exit to our office is in fact Exit No. 2, which is on the northeast corner of the intersection, even though a quick look at this map might lead one to think otherwise. If what you see upon emerging from the subway stairs onto street level does not resemble the photos at left and below, make sure you are at the northeast corner of the intersection before proceeding further.
  1. Don’t cross the street! Instead, turn to your right as you emerge onto street level from the subway stairs, so that you are now walking north along the east side of Ningyomachi Avenue (see view at right).
take right out of exit 2COMMENT: This is the view looking north along Ningyomachi Avenue, which is the direction in which you should be headed after turning to your right as you emerge onto street level from the subway stairs (subway stairs barely visible at lower right in the photograph).
  1. At your first traffic light (shown below), take a right, so that you are now heading east (see view at right; note especially the white building in the far distance with the round golden seal above the four large Japanese characters).
If you do not see the Minezawa Building (white building with round golden seal above four large Japanese characters in vertical script; see photo at right) in the distance as you turn right at the 1st traffic light, retrace your steps and make sure you are at the correct intersection before proceeding further.

COMMENT: This should be the view that greets you as you turn right at the first traffic light. In the far distance, note the white building with the round golden seal above the four large Japanese characters in vertical script (峰沢ビル = Minezawa Building), which is a good landmark to head for.

Here is a closer look at the golden seal and Japanese characters on the Minezawa Building:

minezawa sign
  1. Walk straight ahead, and when you reach the Minezawa Building (white building straight ahead with the round golden seal above the four large Japanese characters 峰沢ビル in vertical script), keep it on your left as you continue to walk straight through the intersection.
COMMENT:
As you walk toward the Minezawa Building, you will go through a three-way intersection…
3-way intersection as approach minezawa building

 

    …and then a

4-way intersection…

 

4-way intersection as approach minezawa building
Keep the Minezawa Building on your left as you walk straight through the 4-way intersection.
minezawa building closeup view
  1. Once you have crossed the 4-way intersection and gone past the Minezawa Building, our building (新日本橋長岡ビル = Shinnihonbashi Nagaoka Building) is between the 4th and 5th white bicycle rack on the right (south) side of the street, across from the “J. Park” parking lot (yellow sign with blue “P”).

COMMENT: Our building has a glass facade which is reflecting the scene from across the street in the photograph below. UNIUS is on the 5th Floor.

Shinnihonbashi Nagaoka Building

 

 

Here is a closer look at the building nameplate on the front of our building (barely discernible above the bicycle in the photograph at left):Shinnihonbashi Nagaoka Building nameplate.jpg

 

Coming to our Tokyo office from nearby stations other than Kodenmacho

Click here for general advice for finding our Tokyo office from nearby stations other than Kodenmacho station

Click here for step-by-step directions for coming to our Tokyo office from nearby stations other than Kodenmacho station

Coming to our Tokyo Branch Office from:

  • Bakurocho station on the JR Sobu main line
  • Bakuro-Yokoyama station on the Toei subway Shinjuku line
  • Higashi-Nihonbashi station on the Toei subway Asakusa line

Seven-minute walk from JR Sobu main line Bakurocho station Exit No. 2.

 

General advice for finding our Tokyo Branch Office from Bakurocho station (JR Sobu main line), Bakuro-Yokoyama station (Toei subway Shinjuku line), or Higashi-Nihonbashi station (Toei subway Asakusa line)

overview_map
  • For those who like to see the big picture, this map from one of the walls along the underground passageway interconnecting the stations listed above (i.e., all stations except Kodenmacho station) gives a good overview of the various nearby stations and routes to our Tokyo office.
  • At top center in the map, the underground passageway interconnecting the stations listed above is the shaded gray region which resembles a right triangle, of which the diagonal red line at bottom right in the map might be considered the hypotenuse. In order from furthest to closest:
    • The red hypotenuse is Higashi-Nihonbashi station on the Toei subway Asakusa line, which has exits (marked in yellow on the map) that begin with the letter “B”.
    • The gray vertical leg is Bakuro-Yokoyama station on the Toei subway Shinjuku line, which has exits (marked in yellow on the map) that begin with the letter “A”.
    • The gray horizontal leg is Bakurocho station on the JR Sobu main line, which has exits (marked in yellow on the map) that are unlettered numbers.
    • Clustered about the far right end of the gray horizontal leg there is also a group of exits (marked in yellow on the map) that begin with the letter “C”.
  • Your initial goal is to get to unlettered Exit No. 2 (marked in yellow, beside the black circled “3″, on the map), which is at the upper left (northwest corner) of the gray horizontal leg. From there, if you will note the blue shield (containing a “6″, which is unfortunately probably illegible on your copy of the map) midway along the blue dashed line which extends from the left end of the horizontal leg, the “15″ street block is directly above the blue shield, and the “16″ street block is directly above that (this is the “16″ in the “16-5″ of our street address).
  • We are on the north side of the “16″ street block, so from unlettered Exit No. 2 of Bakurocho station on the JR Sobu main line, you will want to stay on the north side of the street as you walk west through the double-intersection (i.e., on the map shown above, the intersection marked 鞍掛橋 = Kurakake-Bashi in barely legible sky-blue lettering just to the right of the blue shield containing a “6″ which was mentioned above), take a right at the far side of the Kurakake-Bashi double-intersection to head north, take your second left to head west, and watch for our building on the left (south) side of the street.
  • For reference:
    • The street coinciding with the gray vertical leg is Kiyosu-bashi Avenue (清洲橋通り).
    • The street coinciding with the gray horizontal leg (blue dashed line) is Edo Avenue (江戸通り).
    • The gray cross at top left in the map, i.e., at the left end of the dashed blue line, is Kodenmacho station on the Tokyo metro Hibiya line (see directions, above).
    • The vertical street running through Kodenmacho station is Ningyomachi Avenue (人形街通り).
  • Note that we have rotated this map slightly to make Edo Avenue be approximately horizontal and to put north at the approximate top of the map. Although the detail is hard to make out, we think this map is still useful, especially for comparison with similar maps you will find at the stations and along the streets near our office. To avoid confusion when comparing maps, be advised that it is standard practice in Tokyo to place not north but the direction in which one is facing (i.e., the direction in which a person reading the map would be facing) at the top of a map!
  • Detailed step-by-step instructions follow below.

Step-by-step directions for coming to our Tokyo Branch Office from Bakurocho station (JR Sobu main line), Bakuro-Yokoyama station (Toei subway Shinjuku line), or Higashi-Nihonbashi station (Toei subway Asakusa line)

  1. These stations (Bakurocho station, Bakuro-Yokoyama station, and Higashi-Nihonbashi; i.e., all of the stations listed above except Kodenmacho station) are mutually interconnected via underground passageway, so to simplify street directions, we recommend that you first use the common underground passageway to find your way to unlettered Exit No. 2. Exit No. 2 is a JR exit, and should not be confused with A2, B2, or C2, which are subway exits.
You want unlettered Exit No 2Unius Managing Partner Yasushi Kunugita points the way.
You want unlettered Exit No. 2.
  1. After exiting the station via Exit No. 2 and climbing the stairs up to street level, you will find yourself facing south across Edo Avenue about midway between the Kurakake-Bashi intersection to the west and the Bakurocho intersection to the east. The photo at right shows the view that should greet you. Don’t cross the street!
Looking south across Edo Avenue
COMMENT: If what you see upon emerging from the subway stairs onto street level does not resemble the photos above and below, make sure you exited the station via unlettered Exit No. 2 before proceeding further.
  1. Don’t cross the street! Instead, turn to your right as you emerge onto street level from the subway stairs, so that you are now walking west along the north side of Edo Avenue (see view at right).
take right out of exit 2COMMENT: This is the view looking west along Edo Avenue, which is the direction in which you should be headed after turning to your right as you emerge onto street level from the subway stairs. Note the “Denny’s” sign (yellow sign with characters デニーズ in red).
  1. Continue walking west, going straight through a double-intersection marked 鞍掛橋 (i.e., Kurakake-Bashi; but unfortunately may only be marked in Japanese) until you reach the far side of the Kurakake-Bashi double-intersection.
     
    See note at right regarding fact that Family Mart convenience store visible in photographs here no longer exists.
Go through double-intersection
Update as of July 2017: The Family Mart convenience store at the far side of the intersection (green, blue, and white sign visible just to the right of the two trees at center in the photograph above and even more prominently in the photographs below) is no longer present and is in the process of being replaced by an apartment building. We will update this photograph when construction is complete, but in the meantime please identify this intersection based on the fact that it is a double-intersection and is marked 鞍掛橋 (i.e., Kurakake-Bashi; but unfortunately may only be marked in Japanese).
  1. When you reach the other side of the Kurakake-Bashi double-intersection, take a right so that you are now heading north.
     
    See note above regarding fact that Family Mart convenience store visible in photographs here no longer exists.
COMMENT: This is the view looking north after taking a right at the Kurakake-Bashi double-intersection.
 
See note above regarding fact that Family Mart convenience store visible in photographs here no longer exists.
View after taking right at Family Mart
  1. As you walk north from the Kurakake-Bashi double-intersection, you will go through a 3-way intersection…
Straight through 3-way intersection
…and you will then come to a 4-way intersection (note red square mailbox in front of Satou Store (さとう ストア) at far left corner of intersection):
Left at 4-way intersection
  1. Take a left at the 4-way intersection so that you are now heading west.
Go through double-intersection
COMMENT: The red square mailbox will be on your right as you turn left to head west.
  1. Once you have turned left at the 4-way intersection with the red square mailbox, our building (新日本橋長岡ビル = Shinnihonbashi Nagaoka Building) is between the 2nd and 3rd white bicycle rack on the left (south) side of the street, across from the “J. Park” parking lot (yellow sign with blue “P”).
Street in front of Unius building

COMMENT: Our building has a glass facade which is reflecting the scene from across the street in the photograph below. UNIUS is on the 5th Floor.

Shinnihonbashi Nagaoka Building

 

 

Here is a closer look at the building nameplate on the front of our building (barely discernible above the bicycle in the photograph at left):Shinnihonbashi Nagaoka Building nameplate.jpg