Most of filming location that we have visited are located far from the crowd and a bit hard to find, but not this one. You can go there without worry to get lost. Plus it became the location of many famous doramas and movies. Can you guess?
If you are an avid J-dorama or Arashi fans, you must be already recognized that iconic statue. Yup, that’s where Domyoji Tsukasa of “Hana Yori Dango” waiting for Tsukushi to come.
The area is quite vast that some said it’s like a city within the city. The surrounding view looks so good on pictures that no wonder it becomes a popular spot for filming and photo shooting. In fact, when we arrived there, there was a photo shoot going on near the statue. So while waiting for them to finish the photo shoot, we sat on available bench to eat our honey toast from Boulangerie Sudo and then explored the area.
On the other side of the statue, pass the green arch, is actually a filming location for “Bokura ga Ita” (which starring our favorite JE idol turns actor, Ikuta Toma), and also a dozen more titles like “Kanojotachi no Jidai”, “SCANDAL”, and “Muri na Renai” just to name a few.
There are a lot of place to sit so it is a good place for someone who want to chill and read a book but hesitate go to the park due to tree/grass allergy (I bet people with the allergy can relate). If you are more a museum person, then you can visit Yebisu Beer Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Wanna do some shopping? There’s Mitsukoshi department store available. You can even find a shrine on the area hidden behind restaurants and bars. Now I know why it’s called a city within the city….
What: Yebisu Garden Place
Where: Japan, 〒150-0013 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Ebisu, 4 Chome−5−28 恵比寿ガーデン [map]
How to go: The nearest station to Yebisu Garden Place is Ebisu Station (H02) on the Yamanote Line, the Saikyo Line, the Shonan-Shinjuku Line and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. Then just follow any direction to Yebisu Sky Walk, a passageway linking Ebisu Station and Yebisu Garden Place.
How much: free admission