Traveling to Tokyo’s Yebisu Garden Place

Yebisu Garden Place Central Square

When I am called overseas on business to Tokyo, I make it a point to check into the Westin Tokyo located in Ebisu just a short distance from where I meet with my comrades and conduct my presentations. One of the nicest places to visit in Tokyo is the Yebisu Garden Place which is located directly opposite the Westin.

Yebisu Garden Palace
Yebisu Garden Palace, Tokyo

Ebisu was founded around 1928 as a community developed around the Japan Beer Brewery Company (now Sapporo Breweries Limited) facilities which began brewing Yebisu Beer in 1890.

After the breweries were moved to Chiba in 1988, the area underwent a major urban development resulting in the construction of Yebisu Garden Place, which opened to the public in 1994. Following the construction of Yebisu Garden Place in 1994, the area around Ebisu Station developed rapidly.

Yebisu Garden Place is a “city within a city”, with entertainment, retail and office development, located in the Ebisu district of Tokyo one train stop south of fashionable Shibuya.

Sapporo Beer Station

The site was previously the huge Yebisu Beer brewery and is inspired by the look of an old European city, with plazas, passages, symmetrical gardens and faux-ancient architecture – yet with decidedly modern facilities and conveniences. Among its numerous buildings and attractions are a beer museum, a photography museum, a cinema, a department store, an international hotel, and numerous dining opportunities including a Michelin 3-star restaurant.

The Central Square has a magnificent arch over a sloped promenade which leads from the entrance at Marionette Clock Square to Chateau Square, with its cobble stones and French chateau. Quieter spots include Yebisu Shrine and Sapporo Square – which is, in fact, an English-style garden. The 40-story, 167m-tall , Yebisu Garden Place Tower dominates the skyline and has some excellent restaurants and bars with fine views over Tokyo. The Yebisu Garden Place Tower has a free observation deck, a post office and branch of Mizuho Bank (3F).

During my visit in November, I was fortunate to see the Baccarat Eternal Lights display incorporating a Baccarat chandelier that is 5m tall and 3m wide – making it one of the largest chandeliers in the world – and 250 lights, 230 of which symbolize the number of years from the company’s establishment to the construction of the chandelier in 1994. In total – including lesser displays in areas such as the Entrance Pavilion, Clock Plaza, Promenade, Center Plaza, Glass Square and the 38th floor of the Ebisu Garden Place Tower – the venue makes use of approximately 100,000 lights. You’ll also find an 8m tall Christmas tree illuminated with red and gold lights at the Clock Plaza.

All in all, this is one stop that I highly recommend when viting Tokyo, Japan