1-Day Itinerary in Ebisu

Updated November 4, 2019 | by Chad A. Thiele, 23 year veteran of Tokyo.

This itinerary of things to do in the Ebisu and Meguro area starts out when you arrive at Ebisu Station.


As a side note, if you don’t want to follow an itinerary and instead explore, which I happen to think is an amazing way to discover Tokyo, check out my guide “The Best Tokyo Adventures Are The Planned Accidents At Stations.”


Morning

Start the day in Ebisu and spend the morning at Yebisu Garden Place —it’s an area with a fantastic atmosphere, the perfect way to start the day. 

Take in an exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography where you can catch some interesting shots of history in Tokyo — and then tour the Yebisu Beer Museum — where Ebisu got its name.

And then for lunch, it’s time for a really awesome bowl of ramen at Afuri — a super popular ramen shop in this area. 

Or if you don’t want ramen but instead a wagyu burger sounds interesting, check out BLACOWS

Afternoon

After lunch, take the train one stop from Ebisu to Meguro — visit the Institute for Nature Study. This is a crazy sight because it’s this nice little oasis tucked away inside the concrete urban setting of Meguro.

Also inside the area is the fantastic Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.

After you’re all “arted out,” head over to  Tokyo’s design district to check out the shops that make up the Meguro Interior Shops Community where you may find some cool memorabilia to bring back home.

Evening

We’re going to slow down a bit. Take some time to look around while walking to the next stop.

Make your way over to the Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade. If you’re here in late March you’re in for a real treat. The cherry blossoms will be in full bloom — and it’s impressive.

If not, the area is nice to look around. It’s the Nakameguro “village” within Meguro and it really does have a small village vibe that is a welcome break from the big-city Tokyo feel.

Or maybe you’d prefer to see the world’s largest Starbucks Roastery?

When you’re hungry you’re in the area of a restaurant famous across Japan. Head back toward Meguro station and have dinner at the absolutely legendary tonkatsu shop Tonki

As an alternative, if you’re looking for something super fancy keep in mind Joël Robuchon, the world’s most Michelin star decorated chef, has a restaurant is in the area.

Oh, one more alternative before I forget. If you want something affordable, yet delicious, where famous pro-wrestlers like Randy “Macho Man” Savage have eaten, check out Ribera Steakhouse

Then take the train back to Ebisu and hit the neighborhood bar scene starting at Buri (and then maybe make your way over to Enjoy House for a change of pace).