Living in Ebisu: A Guide for Foreigners

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Ebisu is a small, yet popular area of Tokyo. Though close to the crowded streets of Shibuya, it offers a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere, making it a sought-after place to live among more mature residents.

Ebisu is known for its picturesque restaurants, trendy pubs, and standing bars (also known as tachinomiya). Although this makes it a popular spot for nightlife, it still doesn't affect the laid-back charm of the area. 

"Ebisu Garden, Tokyo" by Bethom33 is licensed under CC 2.0 

What's It Like To Live In Ebisu?

 When you arrive in Ebisu, you might be surprised to see the number of expats who've already decided to make it their home. This is due in part to its relaxed atmosphere, but also to the large number of international embassies and companies that you can find nearby. Although the neighborhood is multicultural, it still maintains a uniquely Japanese atmosphere.

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The neighborhood was named after the Yebisu beer brewery which once made its home in the area and significantly contributed to its economic growth. While the brewery itself has since relocated, at the nearby Yebisu Beer Museum you can learn more about the history of brewing and taste delicious Japanese beer.

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The main center of the neighborhood is the bustling Yebisu Garden Place. This area offers a mix of residential and office buildings, as well as a wide range of restaurants and shopping malls, including both international and Japanese businesses.

Finally, Ebisu station serves as a traffic hub for those working in Tokyo and living in the suburbs near Yokohama. Thus, reaching other areas of the city and the district will be quick and easy if you decide to live in this neighborhood.

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Cost Of Real Estate In Ebisu

"Ebisu" by Guilhem Vellut is licensed under CC 2.0 

Ebisu offers a good balance of budget and high-end rent and purchase opportunities.

The price of a single-room apartment is around $500,000, and a 2 bedroom-room apartment sits at around $1,000,000.

If you're looking to rent, a luxurious 1-bedroom apartment will cost you close to $2,500 per month, while you likely won't be able to find anything lower than $1,000 per month.

These prices are a bit higher when compared with some other areas of Tokyo, but they reflect the desirability and value of the neighborhood.



 Ebisu is a beautiful neighborhood. It offers comfortable living, a range of luxurious homes, and a welcoming, multicultural atmosphere. It is close to other popular areas in Tokyo, yet is not as chaotic. Finally, its popularity among expats and a range of international businesses make it easy to adapt and feel at home.

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 Sources: Real Estate Tokyo, Real Estate Japan, Japan Talk, TokyoCheapo, Live Japan

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