Originally named after the renowned Yebisu (ヱビス) brewery the Ebisu (恵比寿) district hasn’t let go of its drinking tradition, now housing an abundance of bars and eating establishments that overflow into the streets at night. Nestled noisily between Shibuya (渋谷) and Meguro (目黒), Ebisu is a business district with a twist where locals and tourists alike come to enjoy the area’s lively ambiance of beer drinking, culture and fun activities.
Hop on the Yamanote line (山手線) with your Suica card and get ready to explore Ebisu’s top 8 activities.
If you like aquariums, you’ll be in heaven at Luxis (ラグシス) aqua bar and restaurant in Ebisu. Go for this unique dining experience where you can enjoy delicious Italian food and feel like you’re under the sea with an array of colourful fish, sharks and turtles opposite your table. Perfect for a date, family trip or any special occasion, this is one of the best themed restaurants Tokyo (東京) is so well-known for.
With a long history of beer brewing in Ebisu, the neighbourhood is one of the best places to go to try out the local brews. Ebisu’s namesake beer, which was originally spelled Yebisu when created 120 years ago, has a whole museum dedicated to it. Learn about the beer’s history then join in a beer tour which includes a tasting session.
Want to combine the beer museum with other local attractions? Join a local who will also take you to Shibuya Crossing and later on to discover Ebisu’s after work scene with drinks and food.
Most commonly heard during kabuki (歌舞伎) performances, the shamisen (三味線) is a traditional 3-stringed instrument used in Japanese performance. Hearing the sounds of live shamisen combined with kimonos (着物) is a doorway into the past giving you an authentic taste of traditional Japan.
Enjoy a shamisen performance in Ebisu where you can also see acrobatic-style dance performed by traditional dancer Mion (美音). Taking place on 31 May 2017, be sure to book soon!
It can be hard to meet locals if you’re visiting a new place. Even if you’re the friendly type, you’ll find the people of Tokyo are often busy to get somewhere so reluctant to stop for a chat on their way. Why not meet up with a Japanese local that speaks English so you can get a more in-depth look into Japanese culture. Think about it, you’ll have a friend in Tokyo if you ever decide to come back!
Ebisu is a drinkers’ paradise with bars, izakayas (居酒屋) (Japanese-style pubs) and restaurants every step of your walk around the area. Stop off at Ebisu on a trip around some of the best bars on offer in Tokyo with a local that knows exactly where the party’s at. Since Ebisu is in such easy reach of other great bar areas, you can take a little tour of the best bars in this central area.
If busy trains aren’t your thing, on your bike and get exploring Tokyo the active way. You’ll get a real feel for the city if you cycle from one district to the next and all at speed. As cycling around when you don’t know the way can be dangerous, join a tour to avoid the stress of having to navigate while also keeping both eyes on the road.
Stop off at Ebisu as well as various other areas including Akasaka (赤坂), Roppongi (六本木), Daikanyama (代官山) and Tokyo Tower (東京タワー).
Arriving in Tokyo can feel overwhelming when you’re unfamiliar with the culture and don’t know your way around. You don’t want that to get in the way of you getting your hands on some of the best cuisine Tokyo has to offer. Get a recommendation of the best restaurants from a local that knows exactly the best places to eat around Tokyo. You’ll even be advised on the best meals in each restaurant and have a table reserved for you so there’s no hassle when you turn up.
When it comes to nights out, Tokyo has something to offer for absolutely everyone. If you know what you’re looking for or want to follow someone that is knowledgeable about the best places to go, join a group to make the best of your night out in Tokyo. Get a taste of the different areas around Tokyo, deciding where you’d like your night to take you.
The handy location and easy atmosphere in Ebisu make it a place worth visiting on any trip to Tokyo. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Tokyo, this is a great central location with the option of an easy shuttle service from Narita Airport (成田空港) or Haneda Airport (羽田空港). While you’re in the area, don’t forget to stop by Meguro River (目黒川) which is home to a number of independent shops and bars as well as one of the most beautiful places to spot the cherry blossom. If you’re passing through Shibuya first with suitcases, you can drop your luggage off on the way. Now, here’s to a fun-filled day and night in one of the locals’ favourite Tokyo neighbourhoods!
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