The Ebisu area has its fair share of interesting museums but is mostly known for the fantastic selection of restaurants and izakaya.
That doesn’t mean Ebisu doesn’t have plenty of unique sights to add to your to-do list while in Tokyo though.
Here are a few things to do in Ebisu that you may, or mat not find in the typical travel guide.
Take in the Surroundings at Yebisu Garden Place
The Yebisu Garden Place isn’t so much a place as it is an area to walk around and enjoy the greenery, cobblestone-esque streets, and interesting architecture around you.
Which is actually somewhat rare in Tokyo and makes for a great escape sometimes.
See Stunning Photos at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
This place is interesting. From the outside, if you don’t see the signage, you could easily mistake this for just another Japanese business building.
But you’d be missing out.
The architecture of this place combined with the minimalist placement of quality photos spanning the history of Tokyo is incredible.
If you’re a photographer you’ll absolutely love it here. If you enjoy art, you’ll love it here. If you enjoy history, you’ll love it here too!
The mixture of photographic art and history is the perfect fit for the classic, upscale feel of Ebisu.
Enjoy History While Imbibing Beer at the Museum of Yebisu Beer
Now, this. If you enjoy beer… this…
Ah… this is so good.
The Museum of Yebisu Beer is going to be something super interesting for you, especially if you enjoy beer tasting. It’s a “must-do” on your day trip to Tokyo.
Not only will you get the chance to see the humble origins of one of Japan’s more prestigious breweries, but you’ll get to sample some too.
Get the “tasting set” for a variety of three beers and a snack. Plus they also have some excellent food if you’re a little hungry (or prefer food with your beer).
Oh, and there’s interesting vintage photos, bottles, and collectibles from the era — and a cool fact: the museum is on the grounds where the brewery stood until 1988!
Momentarily Escape the City in the Institute for Nature Study
Sure, you could go inside the museum here and see some things and learn about nature. But the really cool part of this is how striking it is in contrast to the urban concrete jungle surrounding it.
You’re teleported into an oasis inside of Tokyo!
It’s a rather strange feeling but it quickly gives way to one of comfort when you realize all the green surrounds you.
Enrich Your Life at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
“Here’s a cool art-deco museum in downtown Tokyo that is also surrounded by a fantastic Japanese garden. The building really stands out as it doesn’t fit the typical style of buildings found in Japan — you can definitely see it’s European influence.”
View Carefully Curated Art at the Yamatane Museum of Art
This museum is interesting because while it has a collection of over 1800 pieces, it selectively chooses to show only a few at a time.
And they really show them in class. The place is immaculate, beautiful, and minimalistic — with just the right touch of Japan to it.
If you love art you’ll find yourself at home here.
Lose Yourself in the Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade
If you’re lucky enough to be here when the cherry blossoms are out, you’re in for a treat here.
This little promenade overlooking this small “river” is lined with ancient cherry blossom trees (aka sakura trees) and when in bloom creates a remarkable view.
And every year thee’s is an absolutely incredible cherry blossom festival. If you love street food and music plus beautiful cherry blossoms, this event is amazing.
This is definitely a place you want to check out to add some incredible shots to your Instagram feed — or better yet, print at huge sizes to decorate your home with a fantastic memory.
Caffeinate Yourself at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo
The Nakameguro area is home to the world’s largest Starbucks. With floors of interesting things to see and unique collectibles to buy, if you love coffee (and especially Starbuck’s coffee), you’ll love this place.
It’s classy, has a fantastic atmosphere, and you can see how the coffee is made.
Find Souvenirs at Atre Ebisu
Recently redone, Atre Ebisu is a shopping mall complex located right inside the Ebisu Station. It offers eight floors of shopping and dining as well as trendy and well-known fashion and homeware brands.
Plus it’s a great escape from the Ebisu crowds if you need a break. I know I do sometimes.,
And while you’re there, stop off at the little Ebisu Statue for a quick photo.
Discover Unique Home Goods at the Meguro Interior Shops Community
This is a collection of friendly home goods and furniture shops selling all sorts of cool and interesting collectibles, memorabilia, and home furnishings.
The shops line the main drag and some of the small side alleys too. They all came together as a coalition, thus the name Meguro Interior Shops Community.