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Dine on mouth-watering ramen, gaze at masterpieces at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and shop at Yebisu Garden Place while staying in the upscale Ebisu district.
Built around the site of an old brewery, just south of the organised chaos that is Shibuya, laid-back Ebisu is brimming with cosy izakaya pubs, kushiage specialists and legendary tachinomiya standing bars. Stay in one of these top hotels to experience the very best of Tokyo’s Ebisu district.
As its name suggests, Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu sits in the very heart of the Shibuya district – the station is just next door, and the famed Shibuya Crossing is just around the corner. Despite the bustling streets just outside the door, the hotel is a calming oasis – rooms even come with a Japanese green tea set. Peckish? Dinner is best enjoyed at the in-house restaurant with its curated menu from Michelin-trained chef, Nobuto Nagatsuma.
Prince Smart Inn Ebisu is a smart hotel where you can use the contactless check-in and check-out if you please, and room keys can be added to your smartphone. Smart mirrors can be found in the deluxe twin rooms, and there’s a free breakfast for hotel guests, too. Be sure to keep an eye out for one of the combined service robots that patrol the lobby while cleaning.
Ideal for the no-frills traveller, a stay at Tokyu Stay Shibuya Shin-minamiguchi is perfectly placed for exploring the Shibuya area. The busy station is a short stroll away, and it’s close to all the area’s exciting eateries. Most rooms come with microwaves as well as washing machines and dryers. Some also include kitchenettes with induction cookers for those opting for an extended stay.
Welcome to a very modern tower that’s home to a very modern hotel. Each of the Ebisuholic Hotel’s 36 guest rooms is kitted out with trendy boutique design, a flat-screen TV and a spacious bathroom. Many rooms have leafy timber balconies that look out over Ebisu. Start your day with the continental breakfast in the industrial-chic lobby. It’s only a five-minute walk to Ebisu Station to explore the city.
When you wander the corridors of the do-c Ebisu, it looks like any other capsule hotel. However, when you see the Finnish-style Löyly sauna service, you realise this is a unique place to stay. Check into the ℃ sauna, slip into a comfortable bathrobe and get sweating in the cutting-edge sauna facilities. Once you’re nice and relaxed, tuck yourself into one of the great-value sleep pods for a good night’s rest.
Sitting halfway between Ebisu Station and the Shibuya Crossing, this fashionable hotel delivers sophisticated minimalist design minus the hefty price tag. Mustard Hotel Shibuya is made up of 106 bright-white twin, double, family and multi-share rooms. Enjoy the sun on the rooftop terrace or head down to the ultra-modern common area, where you can enjoy free tea and coffee. The Megan Bar and Pâtisserie serves breakfast and house-made treats in the morning and drinks at night.
About 1km (0.6mi) west of Ebisu Station, this charming hotel in the Nakameguro neighbourhood is another masterpiece of Japanese design. Waves offers a range of Western-style rooms containing a bed, couch and desk, or a selection of Japanese suites featuring a tatami and a futon, plus traditional coffee tables and irori heaters. The rooms are cosy, and there’s a warm, welcoming communal lounge to hang out in, too.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Tom Smith.