Ebisu Garden Place
A 3-minute walk from Ebisu station, the first place you should visit is the "Ebisu Garden Place". It consists of many buildings, skyscapers, restaurants, shops, the Mitsukoshi Department Store, the Westin Tokyo Hotel, etc. It is also home to a 3-star Michelin Restaurant, the Chateau Restaurant Taillvent-Robuchon. There is also the Photography Museum and the Museum of Yebisu Beer (more on these below). You could easily spend the day here and not even notice the time fly by!
During the holiday season, it is the perfect place to enjoy the famous illuminations in Tokyo. Walking through the tree-lined streets, you will get to see the big and wonderful Christmas tree with many beautiful ornaments.
Date for illuminations: November 3rd-January 8th, 16:00-24:00, every day.
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, which is located in the Ebisu Garden Place, is a really fun date activity as the exhibitions always have an interesting cultural and artistic value. They display photographies from Japan or abroad and always explain the background of the picture.
TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC ART MUSEUM
Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku Tokyo
Museum of Yebisu Beer
The museum displays the history and origin of this beer brand and also offers a beer tasting at the end. You can also have something to eat at the Beer Station.
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Admission: Free, tours cost 500 yen and include two beer tastings.
4-20-1 Ebisu Garden Place, Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
Ebisu is also famous for Ebisu yokocho; a down-to-earth, lively and fun place to have a drink and a bite to eat... for cheap! I would say your Japanese experience isn't complete without having visiting Ebisu Yokocho at least once!
It is an agglomeration of small restaurants under one roof. The tables are close together and it is very easy to make friends while out drinking. You can also "bar hop" and try different foods or whatever tickles your fancy. Would you like Chinese, ramen, oden or maybe even mushroom specialised cuisine? Or why not all of the above!
1-7-4 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
The shrine is not the most impressive for its aesthetics but it has a lot of history and significance. It was first established around the year 600. Among other Shinto gods is enshrined Ebisu, the deity believed to be responsible for commercial prosperity. This diety was so important to the people of Osaka that even the famous Ebisu bridge over the Dotonbori River was specifically made to allow people to access the shrine easily. People of Osaka affectionately call the diety Ebessan. Every year, during the Toka Ebisu Festival, nearly one million people visit the shrine.
Ebisu is a beautiful area to walk around in and to get lost in, as everywhere you turn you will stumble upon a lovely restaurant or cafe. You should definitely start off the day by visiting the Ebisu Garden Place and play it by ear from there since there is just so much to do! Have a great day!
For some restaurant suggestions, please click on the link below!