My Tokyo Stays

Shibuya (渋谷) is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo, but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area found around Shibuya Station. In this regard, Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving swarms of visitors that come to the district everyday.

A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station's Hachiko Exit. The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo spot.
Shibuya Station and surroundings are currently undergoing major redevelopment, lasting almost two decades. Several new buildings have opened over recent years, including Shibuya Hikarie (in 2012), Shibuya Stream (2018) and Shibuya Scramble Square (2019), and more will be opening until works are completed around 2028. In addition, the flow of pedestrian traffic around the station will be greatly improved.
Ebisu is in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward, about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) south of Shibuya Station. Despite its proximity to the famously busy Shibuya crossing and the youthful energy associated with the surrounding area, Ebisu is a much more laid-back and understated locale. The hip district forms a trendy triangle with Nakameguro and Daikanyama to its west and, as well as lively bars and no-frills restaurants, Ebisu features pricey modern real estate and some super-high-end dining options.

Ebisu is a top place for drinking in Tokyo. To sample the current incarnation of Yebisu, the Beer Station beer hall in Yebisu Garden Place is a great choice, as it serves that and six other brews on tap. 

More representative of Ebisu’s casual nightlife, however, are the area’s tachinomiya, or standing bars. Buri is a lively tachinomiya that serves 70 different varieties of one-cup sake from around Japan, alongside yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and other izakaya staples. The atmosphere is similarly vibrant in Ebisu Yokocho, an alley crammed with 20 small restaurants and stalls. 

There is a lot of sights and restaurants to try in Ebisu. It will definitely surprise you! :)
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