The Great Yamanote Line Pub Crawl – Stop 5: Shinagawa

On a whirlwind trip of the sites along the Yamanote Line, you could comfortably give Meguro, Gotanda and Osaki the slip. This is also true of Shinagawa, which strikes me as place very grudgingly built around a major station and a waterfront.

With a little bit of money and time however, especially the right time, it’s worth a look.

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The Great Yamanote Line Pub Crawl – Stop 4: Ebisu

The next station heading anti-clockwise is Ebisu, and the Yebisu Beer Museum.

museumfrontIf you were on a drinking tour around Tokyo, it’s natural to think a Beer Museum would be the one indispensable site. The opposite however would be much closer to the mark. It should be the first place discarded if you are pressed for time, for very little at all would lose very little if the only beer museum you ever saw here was the one flowering in the soil of your imagination.

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The Great Yamanote Line Pub Crawl – Stop 2: Harajuku

2 – 12-12:20pm: Harajuku

Once you are done, get back to Shinjuku station and on a Yamanote Line train on Platform 14 (they’ll be along every few minutes or so) bound for Shibuya and Shinagawa. Skip the next station, Yoyogi, and carry on through to Harajuku. Alight here. You’ll have two choices, put in short, go west and enjoy a beer in the park or go east and look over the shops and oddly dressed folk in either the younger and relatively downmarket Takeshita Dori or Omotesando, older and littered with brand shops. Or you could do both before dropping into a cafe and having a drink.

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