Ebisu Station (Tokyo)

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Ebisu Station
Statue outside Ebisu station
Prefecture Tokyo
(See other stations in Tokyo)
Ward Shibuya
Coordinates 35°38′48″N 139°42′36″E / 35.646643°N 139.710045°E / 35.646643; 139.710045Coordinates: 35°38′48″N 139°42′36″E / 35.646643°N 139.710045°E / 35.646643; 139.710045
Rail services
Operator(s) JR East
Tokyo Metro

Ebisu Station (恵比寿駅 Ebisu-eki?) is a railway station in the Ebisu neighborhood of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and the Tokyo subway operator Tokyo Metro. The station is named after Yebisu Beer, which was once brewed in an adjacent brewery, and which is itself named for the Japanese deity Ebisu.


Ebisu is served by the following lines:

JR East station[edit]

JR East
Ebisu Station
JR station entrance, August 2008
Neighborhood etc. 1 Ebisu Minami
(in Japanese) 東京都渋谷区恵比寿南1丁目
Year opened 1906
Rail services
Operator(s) JR East
Line(s) Saikyo Line
Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Yamanote Line
Statistics 137,826 passengers/day


The JR East station consists of two island platforms serving four tracks.

1 Yamanote Line for Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro
2 Yamanote Line for Shinagawa, Tokyo, and Ueno
3 Saikyo Line for Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Ōmiya
Shōnan-Shinjuku Line for Ōmiya, Utsunomiya, and Takasaki
4 Saikyō Line for Ōsaki
Rinkai Line for Shin-Kiba
Shōnan-Shinjuku Line for Yokohama, Ōfuna,Odawara, and Zushi

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Yamanote Line
Shibuya - Meguro
Saikyo Line
Ōsaki   Commuter Rapid   Shibuya
Ōsaki   Rapid   Shibuya
Ōsaki   Local   Shibuya
Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Special Rapid: no stop
Shibuya   Rapid   Ōsaki
Shibuya   Local   Ōsaki

Station melody[edit]

The melody known as "The Third Man Theme" (or as the "Ebisu Theme" in Japan) is played at the platforms just prior to train departures. This melody was used in Ebisu beer TV commercials.

Tokyo Metro station[edit]

Tokyo Metro
Ebisu Station
Ebisu subway station entrance, August 2008
Neighborhood etc. 1-5-5 Ebisu Minami
(in Japanese) 東京都渋谷区恵比寿南1-5-5
Year opened 1964
Rail services
Station number(s) H-02
Operator(s) Tokyo Metro
Line(s) Hibiya Line
Statistics 99,683 passengers/day


The subway station has two side platforms serving two tracks.

1 Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for Naka-Meguro
2 Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for Roppongi, Ginza, Ueno, and Kita-senju
Tobu Skytree Line for Kuki, and Minami-Kurihashi

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Hibiya Line (H-02)
Naka-Meguro (H-01) - Hiroo (H-03)


The station first opened in 1901 as a freight terminal for the neighboring Yebisu Beer factory. Passenger trains began to stop at the station on 30 September 1906.[1] The Tokyo Tamagawa tram line was extended to the station in 1927. In May 1945, the station building burned to the ground amid the bombing of Tokyo. The subway station opened on 25 March 1964[2] and the tram service was discontinued in 1967.

The Sapporo Brewery at Ebisu and its accompanying rail freight terminal were closed in 1982. The space was used for a "car train" service for several years before being redeveloped as the Ebisu Garden Place high-rise complex.

The Saikyo Line was extended to Ebisu in 1996. Through service to the Shonan-Shinjuku Line began in 2001, and to the Rinkai Line in 2002. Between 1996 and 2002, Ebisu served as the southern passenger terminus of the Saikyo Line, with Osaki Station being used as a turnaround point but not having passenger platforms connected to the line.

Waist-height platform edge doors were introduced on the two Yamanote Line platforms from 26 June 2010, the first time that such doors were installed on a JR line other than the Shinkansen.[3][4]


  1. ^ JR East /info.aspx?StationCd=290 JR East Ebisu Station information Retrieved 4 March 2010. (Japanese)
  2. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 
  3. ^ JR East press release: "山手線恵比寿駅、目黒駅のホームドア使用開始日について" (Introduction of platform doors at Yamanote Line Ebisu and Meguro Stations) (4 March 2010). Retrieved 4 March 2010. (Japanese)
  4. ^ "山手線恵比寿駅でホーム可動柵の使用を開始 (Platform doors enter operation at Yamanote Line Ebisu Station)". Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Koyusha Co., Ltd. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 

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