Yebisu Garden Place at NightPublished on February 16th, 2010.
Yebisu, or Ebisu, was our goal this night when our friend Lisa was still in bed having an awful cold that everyone in the guest house would eventually be plagued by. We went late in the evening, so we’d still have a reason to go there at day, at another date.
The first thing you’ll encounter if you’re coming from Ebisu Station, is the very long Yebisu Sky Walk. It takes quite some time to reach Yebisu Garden Place from here if you just stand on the escalators like a tired gaijin.
For those who have seen the drama Hana Yori Dango, this is the monument where Domyouji (Matsumoto Jun) is waiting for Makino (Inoue Mao) for hours in the rain. It’s cool to have been there in real life!
Yebisu Garden Place is really pretty at night with all the lights, it’s very clean and even McDonald’s looks luxurious here.
For those who like beer, there’s the Sapporo Beer Station which is a bar and restaurant, this red brick house is a replica of the original brewery building, one of the birthplaces of Japanese beer. Also if you’re up for it, you can visit the beer museum in Ebisu, unfortunately it was closed for renovation when I was there. reopens in late February 2010 to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Yebisu Beer.
Many beautiful things to look at while walking down to the main shopping/dining square.
The square is just an amazing view at night with the shiny floors and bright lights. Of course, the place is a lot different in the day with all the lunch-goers and people shopping.
While inside, things get even shinier, and the place is huge and rather empty at night, making your shoe’s click-clacking sounds bounce on the walls like if you were in a cathedral.
Yebisu Garden Place is full of big sculptures and an interesting mix of architectural style.
If you’re not afraid of heights you can go to the “View Restaurant Area” at the top of Ebisu, which is about this high up in the sky:
This is exactly 39 floors up in the air. It’s quite an excitement to go this high up in an elevator made of glass. I was a little disappointed that there was no elevator music though!
And here we are, the three musketeers at the very top of Ebisu. Marcus on the left, Magnus in the middle and me on the right.
And then we’re back down to take a final glance at things such as this very cool building. Yebisu Garden Place feels kind of out of place, but not in a bad way, it’s just… unique.
It was hard to get a decent shot of the tower we went up in, but it’s tall enough to make you feel dizzy when looking up at it from the ground.
Ebisu is a must-see if you ever decide to go to Tokyo. If you want to see a nice luxurious place, I’d go with Yebisu Garden Place rather than Ginza any day, unless you really are a crazy shopaholic.