Ebisu Garden Place is another upbeat area of Tokyo. Visit Daikanyama for delicious delicacies and mouth-watering cuisine.
The area around Ebisu Station in Shibuya-ku has developed rapidly since Ebisu Garden Place was constructed in 1994, at the site where a beer brewery used to stand. With the many restaurants and fashionable shops that have opened there, the area has won a solid reputation as the most talked about spot in Tokyo.
On the west side of the station is Ebisu shopping district near the west exit, and other traditional and unique local shops that continue to prosper, creating an unusual contrast with the new shopping spot on the east side. Famous shops for ramen, the noodles loved so dearly by almost all Japanese, thrive around the west exit of Ebisu Station, and this area is known as the most competitive battleground for ramen shops.
The Daikanyama district adjacent to Ebisu, where many foreign embassies stand, is the place to go for sophisticated household goods and trendy restaurants, and it is especially popular among young women. A western-style apartment building that was the first of its kind in Japan once stood there. It was the symbol of the town, but when it was torn down, a 36-story multipurpose shopping mall rose up in its place.
[Rail] 1h from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station by JR Narita Express Line.
[Air] 1h from Itami or 1h 10 min from Kansai International Airport to Haneda Airport.
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line (Nozomi). 20 min from Tokyo to Ebisu Station by JR Yamanote Line, or 23 min from Tokyo to Shibuya Station by JR Yamanote Line, and 2 min from Shibuya to Daikanyama Station by Tokyu Toyoko Line.