Updated: June 05, 2018
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Ultimate Guide To Ebisu Yokocho (恵比寿横丁)

Ebisu is known for being a fashionable area. If you go there, you'll see plenty of upscale restaurants and boutiques. However, not everything is expensive. Very close to the station, you can even find the Ebisu Yokocho, which is a lively alley packed with reasonably-priced taverns that attract a younger clientele than most other restos and taverns in Ebisu.

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Yokocho Alleys

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This article is part of a series on "yokocho" (横町) back alleys in Japan. Yokocho alleys are areas of narrow lanes on the side of a main street where there is a high concentration of pubs, bars and other kinds of eateries. They were originally roughly built local marketplaces during the reconstruction phase post WW2. Yokocho alleys are extremely interesting to visit for their quaint atmosphere, authentic foods, and good drinks!

Check out the link below for other yokocho guides.

Ebisu Yokocho

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Ebisu Yokocho is just a 2-minute walk from the East Exit of the Ebisu Station. You should not have any problem to find it when you get near as there are bright neon signs and lanterns indicating the entrances.
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The area was developed in an attempt to rejuvenate an old shopping arcade. That endeavor was obviously very successful, as Ebisu Yokocho becomes one of the most crowded, liveliest spots in Ebisu at night!
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Access and Hours

Adress: 1-7-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Business hours vary but most taverns open from 17:00 and close in the late hours of the night.

For information about the taverns, please have a look at this article.

What You'll Find

In an era of super-chain izakayas, the idea behind the Ebisu Yokocho was to make an unpretentious space where people can enjoy the retro yokocho alley atmosphere while encouraging independent taverns and restaurants.
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Walking through the narrow paths of the yokocho, you'll see plenty of types of foods and taverns. Every place is independent and unique. You'll find sushi, skewered grilled fish, Korean-style barbecue, and many more! For more details on the popular taverns of Ebisu Yokocho, please refer to the link below.
You'll find for instance original drinks such as this "Matcha Sour". Sour drinks are shochu-based (a kind of Japanese spirit) and are very popular in Japan. What an interesting combination, isn't it? It's something you should try at least once.
Stewed foods and french fries are always nice to have at izakaya taverns! So what you can get is a mix of traditional Japanese and some Western staples.
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We tried out a place where you can order teppanyaki (iron plate grilling) foods cooked right before our eyes! We ordered this mountain of veggies with some tofu and meat in it. The price was quite reasonable.
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This is the perfect type of food to share with friends while drinking. What's nice about Ebisu Yokocho is that it's really easy to start up a conversation with the people around you. People go there to have a good time with friends, but also to socialize with strangers. Ebisu Yokocho is particularly popular with people in their 20s and 30s. Definitely, check it out while you are in Tokyo!

Access and Hours

Adress: 1-7-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Business hours vary but most taverns open from 17:00 and close in the late hours of the night.

For information about the taverns, please have a look at this article.

Lastly...

If you're interested in exploring other yokocho alleys in Tokyo, check out the guides below as well.
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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