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 30 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.
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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!
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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If you admire good photography, spend a few hours browsing the great exhibitions at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Located just a few minutes walk from Ebisu Station, this great museum showcases some amazing artistic photography and has frequent events and special exhibitions you can enjoy.
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Beer lovers will not want to miss the Yebisu Beer Museum, located at Yebisu Garden Place. You can learn about the history of the famous Yebisu Beer, try some wonderful beer tasting, and enjoy some exhibitions about the scientific process of making beer and brewing it perfectly.
Yebisu Garden Place is a huge and popular complex which you could easily spend the whole day exploring! It consists of a variety of restaurants, shops, boutique stores, and event spaces. Being just a five-minute walk from Ebisu Station, it is easy to access and there will always be something fun going on to suit all tastes and interests!
During your time in Ebisu Garden Place, don’t miss the free-to-enter Garden Place Tower. Go in the daytime to see Mt. Fuji on a clear day and a charming landscape of Tokyo, or go at night to see the city lights.
If you want a taste of a traditional British Pub, or you are British and crave a taste of home, head to What The Dickens, a popular and authentic British Pub. Here you can find decent British beers and ciders, live events and gigs, British pub food, and a friendly atmosphere!
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Wanoba is a wonderful eatery serving fresh and local vegetables among other dishes. This increasingly popular restaurant is a fusion of Japanese and western-style cuisine and has gorgeous relaxing interiors and a nice atmosphere. If you are looking for a decent and healthy meal in the Ebisu area, this could be a great option!
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For a bit of history and reflection in the middle of busy Ebisu, head to the small but serene Ebisu Shrine. There are some great old trees surrounding the shrine and is not very touristy so will usually be nice and quiet. This is a great place to relax, reflect, and get away from the crowds for a while.
Yebisu Garden Cinema is a popular and elegant movie theater situated at Yebisu Garden Place. This is great for the winter months or a rainy day, and a perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing or traveling.
Come to the popular French wine shop La Vinee for an amazing selection of classic French wines to buy and sample. There are some very expensive wines here and some cheaper ones too, but you are sure to be spoilt for choice here and the staff are very knowledgable and very friendly!
Natura is a wonderful and well-rated beauty and massage salon located close to Ebisu Station. Here, you can indulge in a full body massage, facial treatments, and chiropractic therapy. Natura is known for using natural, organic, and reliable products in all their services. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and this is a great place to relax after a busy day!
Aso Viba is commonly regarded as one of the best places in the Ebisu area to enjoy some karaoke! It is located just a one-minute walk from Ebisu Station, and includes an option of having a meal and drinks, too. There is also a gaming arcade attached to it! It is a guaranteed fun night!
Whether you are an avid cat lover or just looking for a relaxing place for a coffee, this gorgeous cat cafe could be the ideal place! There are many cats and a nice comfortable space in which to sit and pet them. You can have a hot drink there, relax, and let the feline friends come to you!
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Tako Park is a small but family-friendly park situated in the middle of the Ebisu area. It is especially ideal for people with young children because it has slides, swings, and other park amusements. There are some nice benches to relax on, too.
If you’re in Ebisu and fancy some warming ramen, look no further than the hugely popular Afuri which attracts noodle-lovers from all around! It is just a few minutes walk from Ebisu Station, and offers ramen with seafood, chicken, pork, and a variety of vegetables and spices. Afuri has several restaurants around the city, but this one at Ebisu is the original one and well worth waiting in line for!
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Buri is an instituation on the Ebisu night scene, and for good reason. It is a popular and lively standing bar which specialises in a range of sake’s and some great snacks. It is reasonably priced, friendly, and a great place to begin a night out!
Ebisu Yokocho is an indoor food alley offering a variety of cuisines such as yakitori, ramen, hot pot, and even deep-fried kebabs! It is crowded, lively, and exciting to wander around this indoor food heaven and sample the different offerings. It is located a few minutes from Ebisu Station’s West Exit.
Located at the popular venue EBiS303, Ebisu Cheese Festa is an annual event which is unmissable for cheese lovers! It always coincides with Japan’s National Cheese Day on November 11th, and features cheese producers from all over the world! You can also sample wines and purchase merchandise and recipe books.
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Kapital is a great clothing store selling great-quality trends and fashions. If you are looking for the latest designs and styles, take a trip to this funky and relaxed store and browse for a while!
If you are looking for a club with guaranteed dancing opportunities and alively atmosphere, go to the popular Unit, a club in Ebisu. They hold various great dance events, have international DJ’s, and are known for having a good eclectic mix of genres and styles.
If you are a fan of Hana Yori Dango (Boys over Flowers), the popular manga series and drama, you can visit the spot where filming took place when Domyoji Tsukasa was waiting for Tsukushi to come! It is a romantic and lovely spot and great for a few pictures!
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Chinese Cafe Eight has several branches, and has a popular one in Ebisu. It is a great place to enjoy authentic and reasonably priced Chinese cuisine such as dumplings and wonderful Peking Duck! They also serve nice cocktails and Chinese beer.
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If you want to enoy some gorgeous Israeli cuisine, head to Ta-im, a popular restaurant about a ten-minute walk from Ebisu Station. This fine restaurant serves falafel, hummous, tahini, and amazing traditional Israeli dishes! This restaurant is popular and attracts locals and foreigners!
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If you are looking for a uniquely Japanese stay, try staying in a capsule hotel in the city! Hotel Siesta has comfortable and modoern capsule units you can stay in for a few hours, a night, or more. It is close to restaurants, sights, and parks, and a great experience!
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The Footnik (Ebisu branch) is a fantastic sports bar which offers British and international drinks and cuisine and has live sports on its TV’s throughout the day. The main sport shown here is football and you can catch premier league games. It also has a delicious food menu featuring fish and chips, sausage rolls, and pizza!
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This popular venue is a fun combination of table tennis and drinks! You can enjoy a drink and some snakcs whilst playing some table tennis with friends. It is a three-minute walk from Nakameguro Station and is so much fun!
Despite the modest name, Ebisu Food Hall is a delightful place to go for brunch or a sit down after shopping. This spacious eating and drinking area is made up of several small cafes all under one roof, with tables in the middle. You can get coffees and teas, sandwiches, cakes, and meals here. It’s good to use as a meeting place or to take a rest between shopping and sightseeing.
Ebisu is not only a brand of beer! Ebisu is one of the seven gods of fortune in Japan, and the only one of the seven to actually originate in Japan, as opposed to being from Chinese or Hindu unfluence. His statue at Ebisu Station’s west exit is a popular meeting spot and is a great landmark in the district of the same name.
Ebisu Garden Place is a great place to be at Christmas, because the street and the trees are lit up with beautiful lights. You may also see the magnificent chandalier that sparkles here during this time. The christmas lights brighten up the cold weather in Tokyo.
Shake Shack is just a stone’s throw away from Ebisu Station and serves some seriously delicious gourmet burgers. Frozen custard is also a well-loved dish you’ll find at this restaurant, which is known for its gourmet takes on well-known fast food dishes.
Chocolatier Erica is a charming dessert shop where you can get some stunning chocolate treats. Gift sets, truffles, cake, cookies, and seasonal items are availabe here. If you or someone you know would love this chocaholic’s dream, be sure to check out this shop.
Glass SQuare is a shopping mall in Ebisu Garden Place. Although locations such as Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Ikebukuro are known as great shopping spots, Ebisu has its own fair share of great stores as well. Check out Glass Square for high-class shopping in Ebisu.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Ebisu is Mercer Cafe Danro, serving high-quality dishes from salads to steaks to pasta. It is the perfect place for a date or an evening out with friends.
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This lesser-known gallery is near Daikanyama and is a great place to check out some beautiful contemporary art.
This department store is a great place to pick up household items, toys, cosmetics, and other items. It is easily accessible, very close to Yebisu Garden Place
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!