Here we are in Ebisu area, ready to have fun and discover new things about this wonderful district. The Hub Japan team has selected for you the best 10 things to do when in Ebisu to enjoy your day to the fullest. Let’s get started!
Yebisu is one of the most famous brand in Japan for what concerns beer, and it specializes in German-style. The Yebisu Beer Museum offers a promising beer tasting, where using a vending machine you can basically taste every single Yebisu Beer to your liking. If you want to understand well the Yebisu Beer brewing method, a 40 minutes Yebisu Tour is also available: you will be accompanied by an expert that will show you the brewing secrets of the company. Another good point about the tour is that the tour comes with two glasses of beer sampling.
Address: Yebisu Garden Place, 4-20-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Entrance price: free to enter, but beer tasting, and Yebisu Tour take fees that may vary
2. Enjoy fine ramen at Afuri
Renewed for his healthy dishes, Afuri offers even a vegan version of the classic ramen, to satisfy any kind of customers, even from overseas. We all know how hard is in Japan to find vegan food, and Afuri is one of the exceptions. Another peculiarity of this restaurant is that it serves rather light and refreshing ramen, thanks to the use of yuzu juice, small yellow Japanese citrus. So, it’s light; it can be even vegan, what are you waiting for?
Address: 1F 117 Bld. 1-1-7 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Average Price: ¥880 – ¥1,350
3. Explore tiny bars in Ebisu Yokocho
Ebisu area is full of interesting cafes and restaurants, and sometimes choosing where to eat can become a challenge. We suggest some of the tiny bars that are hidden in Ebisu Yokocho. Here are some of the best ones, but you can also have fun discovering others on your own.
Address: 1-7-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.ebisu-yokocho.com/top.html (Japanese only)
Have some Japanese sake, oden and pickles in this Kyoto-style bar!
Website: http://www.ebisu-yokocho.com:8080/FCMS/jsp/fcms/publish/shop/shopIndex.jsp?value=ebisu000005 (Japanese only)
Average price: Japanese sake (nihonsu) from ¥490, oden ¥80 to ¥400 each
If you feel like eating some sushi, but you kind of feel like eating some meat too, this is the place for you! Try some of their signature meat sushi.
Website: http://www.ebisu-yokocho.com:8080/FCMS/jsp/fcms/publish/shop/shopIndex.jsp?value=ebisu000010 (Japanese only)
Average price: ¥3,000 – ¥3,999
This bar is well known for its delicious fish skewers!
Website: http://www.ebisu-yokocho.com:8080/FCMS/jsp/fcms/publish/shop/shopIndex.jsp?value=ebisu000019 (Japanese only)
Average price: skewers don’t go over ¥280 each. For ¥980 you can eat a mix of 5 different skewers.
4. Shop and dine at Yebisu Garden Place
Located near Yebisu Beer Museum, Yebisu Garden Place is full of green spaces and elegant restaurants and cafes. No need to say that this is the best shopping area in Ebisu, and a perfect place to relax. From this point you can admire Mount Fuji and Tokyo Sky Tree too and enjoy a beautiful flower garden on the spring season.
Address: 4-20 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5. Appreciate art at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography holds many expositions, which are constantly changing to make the place for new artists and widen their collection. If you want to deepen even more your photography knowledge, there is also a library that collects a lot of magazines, exhibition catalogues and all kinds of materials related to photography, free to enter!
Address: Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Entrance price: may vary based on the current exhibitions. The library is free to enter.
6. Enjoy the best wagyu beef burger at BLACOWS
Ebisu, like we said before, collects a lot of restaurants, bars and cafes, but that’s not all. It’s a very burger paradise! Just strolling around you’ll discover so many burger restaurants that you may become very confused on which to choose. Like always, we are here to help! Blacows is our number one recommendation, as it serves huge burgers and the quality of the food surpasses the normal range of Tokyo ones. A plus? You can choose all the toppings of your burger, from the tomatoes to the salad.
Address: 2-11-9 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Average price: ¥1,000 – ¥2,000
7. Taste the authentic Japanese sweets Taiyaki at Hiiragi in a modern way
This Taiyaki shop is a bit different from the traditional shops, and it will surprise you for its originality. Taiyaki is a winter snack, because it’s always served warm or hot, so the problem for a taiyaki shop is when summer comes, and the customers decrease. Well, this is not a problem for Hiiragi, that decided to serve its taiyaki immersed in soft cream specially for the hot season. This way you can taste both cold and warm and won’t melt in the summer heat!
Address: Ebisu Urban House 1F 1-4-1 Ebisu Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Average price: under ¥1,000
8. Enjoy different Japanese beers at Beer Station
Located in Ebisu Garden Place, Beer Station is a very popular stop if you feel like trying some first quality Japanese beer. The food is inspired by German cuisine, but there is always a touch of Japanese style. Many positive reviews mention the great view and the design of the restaurant, that really gives the atmosphere of a beer garden.
Website: http://www.shinseien.jp/yebisu/ (Japanese only)
Address: 4-20-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Average price: ¥1,000 – ¥4,000
9. Dance with locals at Ebisu Bon Odori Festival
When it comes to Bon Odori Festival, even some locals don’t know that Ebisu area holds one every summer. But, when the sun goes down, around 6 pm, the area around the bus rotatory near the Ebisu station will take life becoming full of colors and sounds. Special stage with lanterns called “yagura” are used at the center, and a multitude of yukata-wearing persons will begin to dance around them. As it is one of the least-known Bon Odori Festivals in Tokyo, it will feel like a secret little magic, right?
Period: Late July
Location: next to the JR exit of Ebisu Station and Tokyo Metro Ebisu Station
Address: Ebisu Station, 1-5 Ebisuminami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
10. Enjoy various Japanese flavored ice cream at OUCA
If you managed to fight the summer heat with a soft cream taiyaki, but you feel that’s still not enough, here is a truly iced treat for you! At OUCA you can taste delicious ice cream tubs and find some season-limited products from time to time! This Shop ice cream’s toppings are so beautiful to see and of great effect, but we assure you that the best part is when you taste the whole thing: a joy for your palate!
Website: http://www.ice-ouca.com/index.html (Japanese only)
Address: Tsuchida Building 1F, 1-6-6 Ebisu Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Average price: under ¥1,000
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