Spots in Ebisu / Daikanyama / Jiyugaoka Area

  • Yebisu Garden Place
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    4.0
    479 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Ebisu 4-20
    This is a complex in Shibuya City housing office buildings, shopping facilities, restaurants, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Museum of Yebisu Beer, and the Westin Hotel Tokyo etc. Among the restaurants, the French restaurant “Gastronomy Joel Robuchon” is famous for being awarded three stars in the Tokyo Michelin Guide. It is about a five-minute walk on the “Ebisu Skywalk”—a moving footpath from the east exit of Ebisu Station.

    Love this place especially the trek from Ebisu station as it offers a different view of modern Tokyo. The Illumination and the chandelier are worth visiting and best to visit this at night. Ebisu is...

  • Gotoku-ji Temple
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    4.5
    426 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Goutokuji 2-24-7
    A Soto Buddhist temple located in 2 Chome Gotokuji, Setagaya City, Tokyo. The temple was built in 1480 by Kira Masatada, then lord of Setagaya Castle. According to a historical anecdote, a man named Ii Naotaka, the second lord of Hikone Domain (which also ruled Setagaya subsequently), escaped being struck by lightning after a cat beckoned him to enter the temple, and thus the temple is also said to be the origin of Japan's famed maneki-neko beckoning cat figures. Countless beckoning cat figures are arranged around the temple's grounds, and many tourists visit the temple to see this stunning sight.

    Supposedly the lucky cat statue started at this temple. It’s a nice little trip to the quiet suburbs of Tokyo. There wasn’t a lot to the shrine/temple and most of the other parts of the temple were...

  • Komazawa Olympic Park
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    291 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Komazawakouen 1-1
    Komazawa Olympic Park is a sports park in Tokyo located partly in Setagaya City and partly in Meguro City. The Park complex includes the Komazawa Park Olympic Stadium, an additional stadium for football and other ball games, a gymnasium, a baseball ground, etc.; the Park’s full formal name is Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground. The first sports facilities on the site were constructed in 1949; the Park was used for several events, including wresting and volleyball, during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Around 30% of the total area of the Park is green space, and it is famous as a good place for viewing cherry blossom in spring and autumnal foliage in fall.

    The stadium and the area around it are quite interesting. There’s a large park. We were there for the Ginko festival at the end of November when the trees were at their peak. It was very popular, so...

  • Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
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    184 Reviews
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    Tokyo Meguro-ku Mita 1-13-3 In Yebisu Garden Place
    This general photography and video museum opened in 1995. In addition to photograph and video displays, they also offer classes and community outreach. The facility was renovated in 2016. Every floor offers exhibits on a different theme. Admission depends on the current exhibitions on each floor. They host the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions every year in February, and also offer regular photography and film workshops.

    A real modern and very nice museum dedicated to the art of photography located in Yebisu, Tokyo. An easy to reach area in Tokyo. I especially went there to see the exhibition of photographs of...

  • Meguro Parasitological Museum
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    4.0
    198 Reviews
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    Tokyo Meguro-ku Shimomeguro 4-1-1
    This museum is dedicated to the subject of parasites. It features some 300 specimens and other related exhibits including an 8.8-meter-long tapeworm specimen illuminated with LED lights. The first floor of the museum, which has a theme of ''diversity of parasites,'' presents the diverse shapes and appearances of parasites through specimen, video, and other exhibits. The second floor, which has a theme of ''human and zoonotic parasites,'' covers topics including the symptoms that parasite infections cause in humans as well as the history of parasitology in Japan. The museum's shop offers a selection of original goods including t-shirts featuring detailed illustrations of parasites.

    Only two small floors, but a lot of interesting info. There are QR-codes that give you english info. Some of the tablets have an english option too. Theres a small museum shop...

  • Shoin-Jinja shrine
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    133 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Wakabayashi 4-35-1
    A Shinto shrine located in Wakabayashi, Setagaya City, Tokyo. The shrine is dedicated to Yoshida Shoin, an intellectual who organized the Shokason-juku private school and who educated many reform-oriented samurai during the closing days of the Edo period. The shrine was built by Shoin's former students in 1882. Shoin is viewed as a god of scholarly learning, and many people visit the shrine to pray for success in matters such as school entrance exams.

    A quiet but beautiful shrine that is a popular cherry blossom spot in spring. It also holds a local festival late October. The shrine is dedicated to Shoin Yoshida, a political reformer who educated...

  • Hanegi Park
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    95 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Daita 4-38-52
    A five-minute walk from Umegaoka Station, and a seven-minute walk from Higashi-Matsubara Station. This public park is notable for its plum grove, which was planted in 1967. Since that time, several additional trees have been planted to commemorate various events, and today the grove consists of around 650 trees spanning 60 varieties. From early February through early March when the trees are in full bloom, the park holds a plum blossom festival which attracts large numbers of sightseers from across the country. The park's full array of facilities also includes tennis courts and baseball fields as well as a playground.

    Took a little afternoon side trip to this park from Shibuya. Nice break to the hectic citylife in central Tokyo. During my visit the plum trees had just started blossoming and the area was filled...

  • Futakotamagawa Park
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    130 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Tamagawa 1-16-1
    A two-minute walk from the Tamagawa Koko-mae bus stop and an eight-minute walk from Kaminoge Station. This public park is situated along Tamazutsumi-dori Street and has wonderful views of the area. Some of the park's many highlights include facilities perfect for children such as the entrance square and a playground; the Setagaya Ward Tangible Cultural Property-designated Former Shimizu Family Residence Shoin; and the Kishin-en Garden, a traditional Japanese strolling garden built around a central pond. Note that the entire park is free but certain facilities close on certain days. The park also holds a variety of events for children.

    Such an excellent location. Very accessible for families, especially children. Very active, even on cool spring days.

  • Tonki
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    4.5
    451 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Meguro-ku Shimomeguro 1-1-2
    This is a long-established tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) shop that is famous for its nostalgic appearance reminiscent of Japan’s Showa period. It has been featured in the news and there is often a long line of customers. Using Japan-produced pork loin and high quality filet meet cooked slowly over a long time in a process unchanged since long ago, the restaurant serves up juicy and fragrant offerings that have earned many fans who come back frequently. It even offers counter or table seats as well as private dining rooms.

    This fun, tonkatsu (3 choices) only restaurant features a U shaped bar facing the cooks who offer unlimited sweet Napa and rice to go with your pork. The entertainment is in observing how the head...

  • Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Sakurashinmachi 1-30-6
    This is a private art museum exhibiting works of art which Machiko Hasegawa, the author of the comic, “Sazae-san”, and her older sister Mariko collected during their lifetime. The museum showcases about 700 artifacts starting with paintings by Japanese and Western artists, glass and ceramics. The exhibitions are changed several times a year. There is also a corner exhibiting ceramics and watercolor works produced by Hasegawa Machiko, and original drawings such as “Sazae-san” and “Ijiwaru Baasan”. The “Sazae-san Anime Exhibition” is held every summer. Bronze statues of the characters which appear in Sazae-san are lined up on “Sazae-san-dori Street” which continues on from Sakurashinmachi Station.

    Do you know Sazae-san? It centers around a happy Japanese family who find joy in the ordinary everyday life. Very well known to every Japanese. There is a little art museum hidden away in...

  • Kuhonbutsu Joshinji Temple
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Okusawa 7-41-3
    "Located in the city center a five-minute walk from Kuhonbutsu Station and a 10-minute walk from Jiyugaoka Station, this Jodo Buddhist temple has an authentic traditional dry landscape garden like you might see in Kyoto. ""Kuhonbutsu"" refers to the nine statues of Amida Buddha enshrined at the temple, and the temple is often referred to by this name. Founded in 1678, it houses Tangible Cultural Properties such as a seated wooden Amida Nyorai sculpture, a silk-based colored picture of the master Kaseki Shonin, and an old Buddhist temple bell. The garden with its pond across from the dry landscape garden is well known for its colored leaves in autumn, when it gets busy with tourists."

    Walking here at winter could be very cold but still I love the peaceful vibe and serenity of this place. It’s located in a very quiet neighborhood up a hill. It’s quite far from downtown Tokyo but if...

  • Himonya Catholic Church (Salesian Fathers of Don Bosco)
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    50 Reviews
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    Tokyo Meguro-ku Himonya 1-26-24
    A friendly-looking white catholic church dedicated to Saint Mary which was founded in the Edo period. Inside, there are beautiful white marble statues depicting the Pieta, Don Bosco, and Our Lady of Lourdes. When visiting for the first time, mention this fact at the entrance to receive an explanation of the church's rules and proper etiquette.

    This church is popular for celebrity weddings but I have yet to find that is offers service for regular folk; maybe I am wrong but every time I pass it the church is closed. Isnt a church a kind...

  • Old Asakura House
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    89 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Sarugakucho 29-20
    This cultural heritage site is located a five-minute walk from Daikanyama Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line. The estate was built in 1919 by Torajiro Asakura, a man who served as chairman of the Tokyo Prefectural Assembly and chairman of the Shibuya Ward Assembly. One of only a few Japanese-style structures in the area still standing today which predates the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the site was designated a National Important Cultural Property in 2004 due to its high historic and cultural value. The wooden residence has two floors. The main building, which is open to the general public, is an excellent example of estates built at the time; for instance, almost all of the rooms have tatami mat floors, and the roof is covered with kawara tiles. The estate's garden is a traditional Japanese strolling garden built around a central pond, and here visitors can enjoy seasonal scenery.

    For those interested in house museums, this is an interesting location to visit simply to see how old-style mansions were constructed and laid out. That said, dont expect too much, as its very...

  • Meguro River
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    Tokyo Setagaya Ward Meguro-ku, Shinagawa-ku
    The Meguro River is a Class B River that flows through Tokyo’s Setagaya City, Meguro City and Shinagawa City before flowing out into Tokyo Bay. Around 4 km of the River’s course is lined with cherry trees, and as a result it is visited by large numbers of tourists during the spring cherry blossom season. In winter, the River is lit up spectacularly with special illuminations; the Meguro River thus receives a great many visitors throughout the year. Many fascinating shops and fashionable restaurants are located near the River, which are popular with people of both sexes and all ages. All in all, the Meguro River is a great place for a stroll.
  • Tamagawa Sengen Shrine
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
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    Tokyo Ota-ku Den-en-chofu 1-55-12
    This shrine has Konohanasakuya-hime, the goddess of household harmony and safe and easy childbirth, as the shrine deity. The building is old and was built more than 800 years ago. It is said that it is the place where Masako Hojo, the wife of Minamoto no Yoritomo, rested as she was on her way to Mt. Fuji to pray for the safety of her husband who had gone to war. The origin of the shrine was from her putting her hands together while facing Sengen Shrine that was in the direction of Mt. Fuji. You can see Mt. Fuji on clear days even now, and admire the scenery that Hojo worshiped. The red stamp that has a different design every month is popular.

    I live not far from here so visiting this place sometimes . Very quiet, with good view shrine. Beautiful view on tamagawa river. Nearest station is tamagawa. If you want to have some celebration or...

  • Todoroki Fudoson
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    4.0
    75 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Todoroki 1-22-47
    A Buddhist temple situated along Meguro-dori Avenue in Todoroki 1-Chome, Setagaya City. A branch temple of the Manganji Temple in Todoroki 3Chome, the temple was built to enshrine a statue of Acala based on a revelation the great priest Kakuban received in a dream. The grounds, positioned in the Todoroki Valley, have rest areas which sell sweets and drinks.

    We were doing the walking trail in the Todoroki valley and visited this temple after climbing a steep flight of steps going up near the Fido-na-Saki waterfall. These steps will lead you to one of the...

  • La Table de Joel Robuchon
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    265 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Meguro-ku Mita 1-13-1 In Yebisu Garden Place
    Decorated with a unified lavender theme, this restaurant also has an open and airy terrace seating area surrounded by colorful flowers and plants. Here you can enjoy both course meals and a la carte dishes as the mood suits you. The restaurant also holds popular food and wine events.

    Had the chance to see and taste this menu. Been to a lot of Michelin star restaurants and this is by far on the top of my list. Wine pairing can be a little more worldly then being stuck in france...

  • Kumano-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
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    Tokyo Meguro-ku Jiyugaoka 1-24-12
    A Shinto shrine in Jiyugaoka, Meguro City, Tokyo. Just when the shrine was erected is unclear. It is recorded that the shrine was built during a time when it was popular to visit Kumano Shrine; local residents formed a group and visited the shrine to formally receive and take back a portion of the shrine's deity and house it here. This area was once known as Tanibatake, and the shrine is popularly known as Tanibatake no Gongen-sama. The approach to the shrine is somewhat long with several torii gates standing over it, and the grounds are far quieter and lusher than anything one might expect to find in central Tokyo. The brilliant main shrine building is painted crimson. Kumano-jinja Shrine is also a famous power spot in Jiyugaoka. The shrine is believed to aid worshipers in finding love and in having children, and many women come here to receive a koi-mikuji love fortune slip. In spring, beautiful cherry trees blossom near the entrance.

    Not the easiest Shrine to find and we only stumbled into it whilst walking the back streets of Meguro.If you need to see it the best way would be to travel by taxi showing the address.when we arrived...

  • Todoroki Keikoku Gorge
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Todoroki 1-22, 2 - 37 - 38 outside
    Todoroki Keikoku Gorge is the only gorge within the 23 Special Cities that make up central Tokyo. The Gorge is a real “urban oasis,” conveniently located only five minutes’ walk from Todoroki Station on the Tokyu Oimachi Line, and around 20 minutes’ journey from Shibuya. Go down the steps at the “Gorge Entrance” sign at the foot of the Golf Bridge, and a wealth of natural beauty that you would never expect to see within the 23 Special Cities opens up before you. Visitors to the Gorge can enjoy beautiful scenery that changes with the seasons, from the plum blossom of February, through the cherry blossom of April and the new spring greenery of May through to the red leaves of the Japanese maple trees in autumn. Todoroki Keikoku Gorge offers more than just natural beauty; there is also an ancient Kofun burial tumulus, a traditional Japanese garden, the Fudo-no-taki waterfall, etc. With so much to see, Todoroki Keikoku Gorge receives many visitors throughout the year.
  • Futako-Tamagawa Rise
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Tamagawa 2-21-1
    Futako-Tamagawa Rise is connected directly to Futako-Tamagawa Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi and Tokyu Oimachi Lines. It is a large-scale commercial and leisure facility containing a large number of popular entertainment spots as well as high-profile restaurants and bars, a cinema complex, fitness clubs, a hotel, and even a park, all in one place. It was completed in 2015 as the largest combined commercial redevelopment project in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. The cityscape extending toward Futako-Tamagawa Park is also attractive, and the many short-term events held there attract large numbers of visitors.

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