Yebisu Garden Place (恵比寿ガーデンプレイス) is one of Tokyo's many pleasant cities within the city. Consisting of roughly a dozen buildings and skyscrapers, it features a large array of restaurants and shops including a Mitsukoshi department store, the Westin Tokyo hotel, the Michelin 3-star Chateau Restaurant Joel Robuchon, offices, residential space and a photography museum.
Yebisu Garden Place is built on the former site of a beer brewery, where the still existing Yebisu Beer brand had been brewed since 1890. Interestingly, it was the beer brand which gave the later developing town and railway station of Ebisu* its name, and not the other way around.
The Museum of Yebisu Beer commemorates the original brewery, displays exhibits about the history and science of beer brewing in Japan and the world and offers beer tasting. The museum is free to enter, but regular paid guided tours are also offered and include beer tasting. The museum has a small dining section for those who wish to sample Yebisu beer or a light snack. The beer restaurant "Beer Station" at the entrance of the Yebisu Garden Place offers heartier meals and a wider selection of alcohol.
* "Ebisu" is the modern way to write "Yebisu", as the syllable "ye" and corresponding kana characters have almost completely disappeared from the modern Japanese language and been replaced by the "e".
Museum of Yebisu Beer
The last guided tour departs 17:10 on weekdays and 17:30 on weekends