Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

“Osampo” route1 starts from the popular Ebisu station in Tokyo

Ebisu Station→Shirokane-takanawa Station

Go out the East exit of JR Ebisu station and head for east. After enjoying tasty food on Shinbashi Gourmet Street, take a stroll around the Shirokane-kitasato street where you find many old-fashioned shops. Final part of the Osampo, we will go up and down the hill to visit the high-end residential area on the top of the Shirokane hill.

Start 

Ebis Station(JR Yamanote Line・Saikyo Line、Tokyo Metro
Hibiya Line)

Goal 

Shirokane-takanawa Station(Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line、Toei-Mita Line)

Distance 

about 3.3

Hours 

about 50mins

Standard time for stopover places 

90 mins
40 minutes
30 mins
60 mins

Standard Time of this route 

about 4.5hours

The illustrated map of this course

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Ebisu Station →Shirokane-takanawa Station

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“Osampo” route1starts from the popular Ebisu station in Tokyo.
Go out the East exit of JR Ebisu station and head for east. After enjoying tasty food on the Shinbashi Gourmet Street, take a stroll around the Shirokane-kitasato street where you find many old-fashioned shops. Final part of the Osampo, we will go up and down the hill to visit the high-end residential area on the top of the Shirokane hill.

Route Description

4mins 350m

3mins 220m

10mins 700m

10mins 450m

12mins 800m

7mins 550m

4mins 250m

Route Guide

Going out the East exit of JR Ebisu station LinkIcon  , go down on the escalator in front and you’ll see the Higashiguchi Park. Then go down the underground stairs on your right, you’ll get to the ground floor. Go straight and you’ll get to the five-forked intersection. Go diagonally through the street between the Bikkurizushi and Renoir and you’ll find SUBARU STAR SQUARE LinkIcon  , the showroom of the Subaru headquarters on your right. It is the irresistible place for the car lovers and you can enter the building freely. After visiting the showroom, go straight on and you’ll get to Shinbashi Gourmet Street LinkIcon where you find many small but unique eating places. There are some popular shops like MERCER bis Ebis and Jyuban-Ukyo. Drop in at any interesting places as you like. Go across the Ebisu 2-chome intersection, take right at the forked street, there is a Toyosawa Children’s Playground. It is a small park where you can take a rest and have some refreshments from the vending machine.
After visiting the park, go to the right along the street. Passing the Toyosawa church, when street gets narrower you’ll suddenly hit the Gaien-Nishi-Dori Avenue where metroplolitan expressway runs. Across the street, there is the Shirokane Kitasato Shopping Street LinkIcon . It is a folksy shopping street which has a nostalgic scent of Showa era and from here the address changes from Ebisu, Shibuya-ward to Shirokane, Minato-ward. Passing the café on your left and enter the narrow alley, you’ll get to the area where there are many small workshops and studios. Interior goods shop, OUR FAVORITE SHOP is there, too. After enjoying shopping, we’ll go back to the main street.Hard ware shop , SATO EIJIRO Store, is in front of Kitasato University campus. Corner ahead is the bottom of the Shokko-zaka Slope LinkIcon .Going straight ahead, we’ll get to the Shirokane-takanawa station, but let’s take some time to go up the slope. Going up the Shokko-zaka slope along the brick wall of Sacred Heart School,Tokyo, we’ll reach the back of the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo. Keep walking till we get to the top of the Sanko-zaka Slope LinkIcon  where we find ourselves in the high-end residential area. Going down the slope, we’ll be back at the Shirokane-kitasato Street.  Go to the right, there is the Shirokane-Hikawa Shrine LinkIcon . We’ll visit this shrine which is surrounded with lushly green and silence. It makes us to forget that we are in the middle of metropolis Tokyo.  Leaving the shrine, go toward right, we’ll reach the Shirokane-takanawa station LinkIcon  on the subway.

Guide of Drop-in Spots

Symbols

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment
レストラン・食事処
restaurant
カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe
買い物スポット
shopping spot
宿泊施設
accommodations

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment

レストラン・食事処
restaurant

カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe

買い物スポット
shopping spot

宿泊施設
accommodations

LinkIcon Ebisu Station START

JR Yamanote line, East Exit
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, No. 1 Exit

JR Yamanote line station. Saikyo line and Shonan-Shinjuku line also stop at this station. There is a subway station for Hibiya line near the West exit of the station. JR East Exit and West Exit are connected with the station building “Atre”.
This station was built 120 years ago as the freight station for Nippon Beer Jozo Co., Ltd (current Sapporo Breweries Ltd.) to ship Ebisu beer. It is the popular station in Tokyo where various attractive spots and shops gather. Accessibility is also good that you can walk to other stations.

Ebisu station, East exit.Gardenplace to the right and West exit through “Atre” to the left

From the stairs in front of the East exit, you can go outside.
Osampo starts here.

Under stairs space is not too crowded and good for meet up.

Smoking area is in the Higashiguchi (East Exit ) Park.

LinkIcon SUBARU STAR SQUARE

The world-famous meeting spot.

Spot to observe, touch and enjoy cars
Showroom at Subaru’s head office building in Ebisu. There is a permanent exhibition for the major line-up of Subaru cars and the latest model information is always available. The image of Subaru cars have been the tough active outdoor vehicle, however, recent improvement of well-equipped safety device is noteworthy.
Especially, stereo-camera called “Eye Sight” with advanced technology is installed as standard equipment to assist safe driving on every model. Guests are welcome to get on the displayed cars and a navigator will give you precise explanation on your request.You can take a break at the nice coffee shop, too.

Glass showroom with café

Permanent exhibition of SUBARU car line-up

Navigator explains about the SUBARU cars models

“EyeSight” is installed as the standard equipment in all the mode

Side view monitor to support safety drive

SUBARU sponsors bicycle and ski sports events

SUBARU STAR SQUARE

Address

EBISU SUBARU BUILL  1-20-8 Ebisu Shibuya-ku

Tel

03-6447-8880

Access

4 min walk from East exit of JR Ebisu Sta.

Closed

No holidays(Check Extra holidays at HP)

Hours

10:00-19:00

HP

https://www.subaru.jp/showroom/

LinkIcon Shinbashi Gourmet Street

Exciting eating places attracts foodies

Ebisu Shinbashi Shoueikai (Gourmet Street) is an old shopping street located at the east side of the Ebisu station. Recently focused “Oku-Ebisu” is a unique area where quaint old -fashioned and new fashionable shops and restaurants are there. Many specialty restaurants are attracting people such as restaurants specializing in Kyoto style home cooking deli, Chinese soup dumplings, garlic, potato, etc. So, people started to call the street “Gourmet Street”. Some may think it strange that the name Shinbashi is used though it is located in Ebisu. It was named after the Shinbashi Bridge over the Shibuya River near the street.

The official name is Ebisu Shinbashi Shoeikai. It was named “Shinbashi Gourmet Street” by the open call.

You will find various cuisine from around the world

There are many unique restaurants and authentic specialty shops

Charming florists and hair salons

Shinbashi Gourmet Street

Address

1 chome Ebisu Shibuya-ku

Access

7 min walk from East exit of JR Ebisu Sta.

MERCER bis Ebisu

Charmed with fluffy chiffon cake

Popular shop for unbelievably fine and fluffy chiffon cake. MERCER café’s theme is “Taste high quality ingredients casually”. Chiffon cake was served for dessert. But it became so popular and on they opened this café specializing in chiffon cake on the request of the customers. There are different kinds of chiffon cakes-Tiramis, New York cheese, Strawberry cheese, Maccha white. The most popular is the caramel chiffon cake. They also serve light meals and weekend lunch.

Caramel chiffon cake painted on the exterior wall

Nice eat-in space. Counter by the window.

You’ll love the bittersweet taste of the caramel chiffon cake. \700 for cake & drink set

Large selection of take-out menu.You can also buy whole size chiffon cake.

MERCER bis Ebisu

Address

1-26-17 Ebisu Shibuya-ku

Tel

03-3441-5551

Closed

No holidays

Hours

12:00-19:00
*for the time being -18:00 for prevention of coronavirus infection

Website

https://mercer-bis.com/

Jyubanukyo Ebisu

Charmed with fluffy chiffon cake

Popular shop for unbelievably fine and fluffy chiffon cake. MERCER café’s theme is “Taste high quality ingredients casually”. Chiffon cake was served for dessert. But it became so popular and on they opened this café specializing in chiffon cake on the request of the customers. There are different kinds of chiffon cakes-Tiramis, New York cheese, Strawberry cheese, Maccha white. The most popular is the caramel chiffon cake. They also serve light meals and weekend lunch.

Lunch time drinking and one-shot drinking are welcome.
Variety of take-out lunch boxes.

Restaurant with a good atmosphere.They serve Japanese sake and variety of alcohols.

Mix the raw egg and rice well and don’t use soy sauce. Taste it with only truffle and salt. \1950 (tax not included)

Bunch of \5000 worth truffle is scraped off on the rice bowl with egg yolk at the table.

MERCER bis Ebisu

Address

1-26-17 Ebisu Shibuya-ku

Tel

03-3441-5551

Closed

No holidays

Hours

12:00-19:00
*for the time being -18:00 for prevention of coronavirus infection

Website

https://mercer-bis.com/

LinkIcon Shirokane Kitasato Shopping Street

Street harmonizing Showa nostalgia and modernismv

Kitasato University stands as the landmark on the shopping street with over 60 shops. It amazes you to see some old-fashioned shops built shortly after the war and their old-fashioned business style. Amongst those shops with over 100-years history, there are many newly opened restaurants which receive high reputation from the first class chefs. Mixture of Showa era and modernism is surely interesting to see. Municipal road with busy traffic run through the area. The strong solidarity of the shop owners plan many events. Popular summer “Awaodori” festival is the highlight of the events. (The event in 2020 was Canceled)

This part of the streeet is Ebisu but one step ahead is Minato-ward. Uniqueness of the street.

Shops with nostalgic and quaint atmosphere entice you to enter.

It’s like we are in the era of Showa.
Fun to stroll watching stylish residences.

Nostalgic scent flowing in the Korean restaurant.

Shirokane campus of Kitasato University and its hospital are symbols of the street.

Traditional “Tofu shop”

MERCER bis Ebisu

Address

1-26-17 Ebisu Shibuya-ku

Tel

03-3441-5551

Closed

No holidays

Hours

12:00-19:00
*for the time being -18:00 for prevention of coronavirus infection

Website

https://mercer-bis.com/

OUR FAVOURITE SHOP

Creative shop where you meet something exciting

Step into an alley from the street and you’ll find the shop with a gallery. They renovated the press factory into the shop and when you open the small entrance door, there appear an unbelievable large space. Companies of different fields got together to introduce the goods selected with their professional eyes. High-quality design and useful goods are sold. Exhibition, event and workshops are held regularly at the gallery.

Speciality shop at the end of the street.

Original brand KIKOF cup originate in Shigaraki-yaki pottery style

Pour water in the plastic bag and it becomes three-dimensional vase
( 2 pieces \100~)

Popular jewelry artist, Etsuko Sonobe’s gemstone rings.

Variety of events are held at gallery space

Shop’s logo. Three circles describes three important factors of life

OUR FAVOURITE SHOP

Address

5-12-21 Shirokane Minato-ku

Tel

03-6677-0575

Closed

Mon. Tue.

Hours

12:00-19:00

Website

http://ofs.tokyo/

SATO EIJIRO Store

Customer-first traditional hardware shop

Opened in1926. Third-generation owner, Nobuhiro Sato, insists that the advantage of the private store is to meet the needs of each customer. He will give advices about the kind of tool and material they need and if necessary, he will visit the customer to give instructions. “That is the priceless service private stores can provide to the customers”, says Mr. Sato. Traditional shops with warm humane business remain on the street. As the chairman of the shopping street union, Mr. Sato says they will try to keep protecting the traditional ways and, at the same time, challenge for new approaches to become a vibrant shopping street.  

Reliable hardware store in the town will celebrate their 95th anniversary in 2021

There are about 1000 kinds of keys. Most of the spare keys are made on the spot.

Wide selection of cleaners including Makita.

Third generation owner, Nobuhiro Sato, is serving 8 years as the chairman of the shopping street association

SATO EIJIRO Store

Address

6-6-3 Shirokane Minato-ku

Tel

03-3442-8548

Closed

Sun. National holiday

Hours

7:30-18:00
Sat. 8:00-16:00

Website

http://www.sato-eijiro.com/

LinkIcon Shokko-zaka Slope

Quiet slope along the brick wall

Upslope at the west side of Sacred Heart School, Tokyo, along the long brick wall of the school. Beyond the wall is the school campus with beautiful green trees. The other side of the slope, there is a stylish residential area. Narrow street with less traffic gives you time to enjoy relaxing stroll. This hill used to be called Shokkodai named after the city Shokko in China famous for its beautiful colored autumn leaves. Climbing to the top of the slope, we will get to the back of The Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo.

Quiet Shokko-zaka. You see pedestrians only time to time.

Red wall and deep green trees are beautiful.

Be aware that no entry is allowed to Sacred Heart School campus.

The rode from Shokkozaka to Sankozaka is continues.

Shokko-zaka

Address

6 chome between 4 chome Shirokane Minato-ku

Access

10 min walk from 3 exit of Shirokanetakanawa Station for Tokyo metro Nanboku line and Toei Mita line

LinkIcon Sanko-zaka Slope

Historical slope connecting high-end residential area and temple town

There is a high-end residential area with large residences at the east side of Sacred Heart School. Sanko-zaka slope leads down to the Shirokane Kitasato shopping street. Long wall of former residence of Kintaro Hattori continues on the right side of the slope. Kintaro Hattori is the founder of Hattori Watch Store (current Seiko Holdings) and his huge residence built in 1933 still remains. Unfortunately, it is obscured by the giant tree. There is a large temple Senshinji at the foot of the slope. The name came from the three-leafed pine tree which resembles the Buddhist alter fitting.

There is Senshinji temple at the foot of the slope.

Along the Sanko-zaka slope, there is the famous high-end residential area.

Sanko-zaka

Address

2 chome between 4 chome Shirokane Minato-ku

Access

5 min walk from 3 exit of Shirokanetakanawa Station for Tokyo metro Nanboku line and Toei Mita line

LinkIcon Shirokane Hikawa Shrine

The Oldest shrine in Minato-ward where you can get Goshuin(Red stamp book)

Founded in the Hakuho year (672~686). It was built as the guardian god shrine for Shirokane village over 1300 years ago and is the oldest shrine in Minato-ward. The main building was burnt down in the air raid and rebuilt in 1958. There are two subordinate shrines within the precincts, Inari shrine on the right and Kenmu shrine on the left. It is said that divine virtues of the shrine are good luck, keep off evils and prosperous business. Annual festival is held on Mid of September and once three years, its portable shrine parades around.

Giant torii gate welcomes you

Koma-inu (guardian dogs) at the top of the stairs have unique expression and figure

Large precinct of the temple runs down the hillside.

There are also enchanting subordinate shrines, Inari-jinja and Kenmu -jinja. Don’t miss it!

Goshuin (Red stamp book) is available for \300

Cat sleeps peacefully in the precinct. Can you believe we are in the middle of Tokyo!?

Shirokane Hikawa Shrine

Address

2-1-7 Shirokane Minato-ku

Tel

03-3441-8842

Access

4 min walk from 3 exit of Shirokanetakanawa Station for Tokyo metro Nanboku line and Toei Mita line 

Website

http://www.tokyo-jinjacho.or.jp/minato/200027/

LinkIcon Shirokane-takanawa Station(GOAL!)

Use Exit3 of Shirokanetakanawa Station for Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line&Toei-Mita Line.

Arrive at the Shirokane-takanawa station for 2 subway lines. Meguro station is 2 stations ahead.

Two subway lines stop at this station and there are three exits. No.3 exit is the closest