MEGURO, NAKAMEGURO, EBISU
First let’s visit Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. This museum was built in 1933 as a residence of the former royal family memebr Asaka no Miya, and later the building was opened to the public as a museum. It was also well known for using the Art Deco style that was a popular in Europe in 1920s-30s. With a green garden, this is a place where you can enjoy the beauty of nature, the buildings, and art works together.
Back to Meguro Station, there is narrow and steep slope “Gyonin Zaka.” Go down the slope and turn left, and you can see Meguro Gajoen. Gajoen has gorgeous and sophisticated decorations and is a multipurpose facility that can be used for weddings, dining and staying. Hyakudan Kaidan (100 stairs) here is designated a Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo. Hyakudan Hina Matsuri is a charming event held from late January to early March every year, displaying a variety of traditional dolls.
Meguro Parasitological Museum is the only museum of parasite insects in the world. It houses collection of about 60,000 specimens of parasite insects and, among them, exhibits 300 important specimens. The museum is very popular in the realm of subculture for being novel and scary. Just enjoy the museum to learn the strange and clever way of parasite insects’ life, forgetting that they are “scary things.” Interesting goods are also sold there.
Next you can take a promenade along the Meguro River, a very popular spot for cherry blossom viewing. You can enjoy the lovely flowers in a quiet atmosphere while seeing the reflection on the water. There are also many variety stores, cafes, and other unique, stylish shops nearby. Shopping or having tea here is enjoyable, too.
Ebisu Yokocho is a shopping district with 21 unique eateries that once flourished as “Yamashita Shopping Center” in the Showa period (1926-1989). The district is just like an old-fashioned neighborhood, and vitality of the past can be felt.
Museum of YEBISU BEER is a rare facility in Japan that prefixes a brand name of a single product. It is an amusement facility not only for Yebisu beer fans or general beer fans, but also a place where a wide range of people can enjoy with all the five senses.
Yebisu Garden Place is an oasis spot in the bustling city, with water and greenery. It is considered a landmark of Ebisu. Yebisu Garden Place Tower houses offices, restaurants and shops. There is also Glass Square, Yebisu Mitsukoshi Department Store, and The Westin Tokyo hotel. It is a fashionable and great place for rest, visit, shopping, eating and playing.