Yebisu Garden Place at Night

Published 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. The Beer Museum Yebisu 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.

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  • t

    So I’m planning to visit japan this summer and was researching the filming location for hana yori dango and came across your site. Your site is so helpful because it’s in english, and you have a bunch of pictures/blogs of different places that I would like to go!! :) Do you have any more recommendations of where to visit in Japan?? whether it’s food, sight-seeing, shopping, etc. Thanks!!

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Thank you!

      The best places for (clothes) shopping hands down are Shibuya and Harajuku. Shibuya is a little bit more expensive but has pretty much everything. Takeshita Street in Harajuku (1 stop from Shibuya station, or about a 15 minute walk) is perhaps more fun with all the little stores, it’s easier to find great deals there too.

      As for food, I recommend Kin no Kura Jr. which is a chain of izakayas. There is one in Shibuya on the right side of Shibuya 109(1) on the fourth floor (look for the yellow sign with the big “270 yen” on it). At Kin no Kura Jr. you pay 270 yen at the door for the seats and then 270 for every item you order (very cheap). You can also find Kin no Kura Jr. in Ebisu, Ikebukuro and probably a bunch of other places and they’re all in the 270-300 yen range.

      I hope you’ll have a great time in Japan!^^

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Oh and at Kin no Kura Jr. it’s good if you know a little bit of Japanese since you order by clicking on a touch screen computer on your table. So it helps if you can navigate it, but of course they’ll help you if there’s something you don’t understand^^

  • t

    So I’m planning to visit japan this summer and was researching the filming location for hana yori dango and came across your site. Your site is so helpful because it’s in english, and you have a bunch of pictures/blogs of different places that I would like to go!! :) Do you have any more recommendations of where to visit in Japan?? whether it’s food, sight-seeing, shopping, etc. Thanks!!

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Thank you!

      The best places for (clothes) shopping hands down are Shibuya and Harajuku. Shibuya is a little bit more expensive but has pretty much everything. Takeshita Street in Harajuku (1 stop from Shibuya station, or about a 15 minute walk) is perhaps more fun with all the little stores, it’s easier to find great deals there too.

      As for food, I recommend Kin no Kura Jr. which is a chain of izakayas. There is one in Shibuya on the right side of Shibuya 109(1) on the fourth floor (look for the yellow sign with the big “270 yen” on it). At Kin no Kura Jr. you pay 270 yen at the door for the seats and then 270 for every item you order (very cheap). You can also find Kin no Kura Jr. in Ebisu, Ikebukuro and probably a bunch of other places and they’re all in the 270-300 yen range.

      I hope you’ll have a great time in Japan!^^

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Oh and at Kin no Kura Jr. it’s good if you know a little bit of Japanese since you order by clicking on a touch screen computer on your table. So it helps if you can navigate it, but of course they’ll help you if there’s something you don’t understand^^

  • http://www.bradleyfarless.com/ Brad F.

    I did happen to see that episode. I think what I saw was the Korean live action adaptation though. Aren’t there 3 or 4 versions of the show?

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Not sure, but probably both Korean and Taiwanese versions of it. I’ve only seen the Japanese version though.

  • http://www.bradleyfarless.com/ Brad F.

    I did happen to see that episode. I think what I saw was the Korean live action adaptation though. Aren’t there 3 or 4 versions of the show?

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Not sure, but probably both Korean and Taiwanese versions of it. I’ve only seen the Japanese version though.

  • t

    oh yeah I definitely know about harajuku.
    Do you have any pictures of those food places? It’s really hard for me since I’m not familiar with the Japanese terms. and what do you mean by Shibuya 109(1)? Is that a subway stop or bus stop? haha. Are there any particular orders that you recommend? or even the street snacks…

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera to the izakayas. You will know what Shibuya 109(1) is when you go there :) It’s a big shopping center (the front has a cylindrical shape). If you stand at the entrance you’ll see the Kin no Kura Jr. banner if you look up 4 floors ;)

      As for orders, hmm… If you do go Kin no Kura Jr. they have a really good chicken+fries thing, their sashimi is also very good, melts in your mouth (feels and tastes like heaven).

      For street snacks I’m very fond of Pizaman and Nikuman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikuman

  • t

    oh yeah I definitely know about harajuku.
    Do you have any pictures of those food places? It’s really hard for me since I’m not familiar with the Japanese terms. and what do you mean by Shibuya 109(1)? Is that a subway stop or bus stop? haha. Are there any particular orders that you recommend? or even the street snacks…

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera to the izakayas. You will know what Shibuya 109(1) is when you go there :) It’s a big shopping center (the front has a cylindrical shape). If you stand at the entrance you’ll see the Kin no Kura Jr. banner if you look up 4 floors ;)

      As for orders, hmm… If you do go Kin no Kura Jr. they have a really good chicken+fries thing, their sashimi is also very good, melts in your mouth (feels and tastes like heaven).

      For street snacks I’m very fond of Pizaman and Nikuman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikuman

  • t

    ohhh nikuman..we’ve got that here too. It’s pretty common here in dim sum restaurants. I am hoping to try their ramen, noodles, sushi, seafood, desserts!!!, cakes, icecream, waffles, and just more of their authentic food!

    I hope I can get a good view of japan within my 16 days there. How long did you stay?

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      I stayed for 26 days :) Where are you going? Staying in Tokyo or more of a backpacking trip?

  • t

    ohhh nikuman..we’ve got that here too. It’s pretty common here in dim sum restaurants. I am hoping to try their ramen, noodles, sushi, seafood, desserts!!!, cakes, icecream, waffles, and just more of their authentic food!

    I hope I can get a good view of japan within my 16 days there. How long did you stay?

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      I stayed for 26 days :) Where are you going? Staying in Tokyo or more of a backpacking trip?

  • Jodie

    wow, soo pretty :)

  • Jodie

    wow, soo pretty :)

  • riaa

    i went there this summer but sadly only made it up to the stone thing from HYD :( i wish i looked around more.