Snuggled between Meguro and Shibuya, Ebisu is a little more laid back spot than its surrounding areas. Heading out of the west exit of JR Ebisu there is an interesting mix of small restaurants and bars. On the opposite side of the station is the fairly new development – Ebisu Garden Place. For beer lovers, Ebisu is the headquarters of Sapporo Breweries and the Yebisu Beer Museum.
Ebisu Garden Place
Ebisu Garden Place is probably of not much interest to short term visitors, but it does offer a fairly pleasant promenade and relaxed shopping area. From JR Ebisu station take the east exit and follow the signs to Ebisu Garden Place which takes about 5 minutes on the “Sky walk” an enclosed moving walkway.
Beer Museum Yebisu
Nippon Beer Brewery started making beer at the site in 1887. Yebisu beer was first created in 1890, and the town “Ebisu” created around 1928. The museum features a memorial hall which traces the history of beer in Japan, a gallery featuring a history of beer advertising, explanation of beer brewing tequniques and most importantly a tasting lounge. Entrance to the museum is free, but beer tasing is extra.
The musuem is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed on Mondays and during the New Year holiday.
For more information see the Yebisu Beer Museum website.
How to get to Ebisu
Ebisu Station is on the JR Yamanote line and the Hibiya line, just two stations from Roppongi.