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Updated: March 16, 2023
Just south of Shibuya and a short walk from fashionable Nakameguro and Daikanyama, Ebisu is one of Tokyo's most desirable residential areas. A modern neighborhood with generous green spaces, it offers world-class restaurants, grand hotels, stylish retail and cutting-edge art in a relaxing atmosphere. Stroll in the park, relax in a café with a terrace, and sample the local Yebisu beer, which has a strong connection to the area.
You can access the area from Ebisu Station, located on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and JR Yamanote, Saikyo, and Shonan-Shinjuku Lines.
From Haneda Airport: Around one hour 15 minutes by limousine bus, or 30 minutes by train.
From Narita Airport: Around two hours 15 minutes by limousine bus, or 80 minutes by train.
From Shinjuku Station: 9 minutes on the JR Yamanote Line.
From Tokyo Station: 20 minutes on the JR Yamanote Line.
Yebisu Garden Place is a mix of modern and European-style buildings, built on the site of the former Yebisu brewery, which was established in 1890. The Museum of Yebisu Beer* conducts tours of the making process and you can sample several brews at the adjoining Tasting Salon by purchasing some Yebisu coins from the on-site vending machines.
Wide steps descend between Center Plaza and Yebisu Garden Place Tower to an open space dotted with outdoor cafes, which often features concerts and events.
The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum showcases local and international photography. The museum shop, NADiff BAITEN, has an excellent collection of art books, postcards and gifts. Just in front of the museum, Yebisu Garden Place Tower offers spectacular views and many dining options from its top floors.
*The Museum of Yebisu Beer is currently undergoing renovations. Construction began October 30, 2022 and is expected to end by the end of 2023.
There seems to be an authentic French chateau at the end of Yebisu Garden Place. This is the world-famous Joël Robuchon Restaurant. Drop by the dramatic Rouge Bar for a cocktail to celebrate the end of the day. The nearby Westin Hotel also has a wide range of drinking and dining options. Take afternoon tea in The Lounge, overlooking the lush gardens.
Ebisu isn't just about luxury dining; on the Shibuya side of the station, you'll find inexpensive bars and restaurants, along with small trendy shops, leading towards Daikanyama. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of Ebisu Yokocho, a bustling, lantern-lined street of bars and food stalls, near the station's east exit. Sample all kinds of Japanese culinary delights, including ramen, yakitori and sushi. Start bar hopping along the street, and if you still have the energy, you'll find some of Tokyo's top clubs and music venues just steps away.