Gay and lesbian Tokyo (with full map of gay Shinjuku) ゲイ・レズビアン東京
(Addresses being notoriously difficult to find, please check bar websites for map where possible. For bars and clubs listed here, simply refer to the JapanVisitor gay Shinjuku map below.)
Tokyo gay bars in Shinjuku
(Shinjuku Ni-chome is accessible from the 'Shinjuku San-Chome' subway station on the Marunouchi or Shinjuku Lines.)
Japan Visitor's Gay/Lesbian map to Shinjuku Ni-Chome
The gay and lesbian Shinjuku 2-Chome area is very small and crowded. It is difficult to indicate the exact position of gay and lesbian bars and clubs in the confines of a map without cluttering it. The following map therefore assigns each block in Shinjuku 2-Chome a letter of the alphabet. The listings below indicate which block, and where on the block, the particular bar or club is on.
Right click on the map to print it out.
AiiRO Cafe (1F, Dai-7 Tenka Building, Shinjuku 2-18-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 6273 0740). On block J, facing block R.
Open 6pm to 5am, Mon-Sat; 6pm - 1am Sun.
Hole-in-the-wall gay street cafe on the main drag. A popular place to start the evening. English-speaking proprietor.
Alamas Cafe (Garnet Bldg., 1F, Shinjuku 2-12-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022.
Tel. 03 3358 3988). Alamas is located on block L, facing block U. See our
Open 6pm to 2am, Mon-Thu; 6pm - 5am Fri; 3pm - 5am, Sat; 3pm - midnight, Sun.
Alamas is a trendy cornerside bar/cafe, semi-open-air, with DJ booth. Gay Shinjuku map
Arty Farty (2F, No.33 Kyutei Bldg, Shinjuku 2-11-7, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 5362 9720) On block E, facing block D.
A stylish mixed bar with a dance floor, more spacious than the usual holes-in-the-wall that make up most of Shinjuku 2-chome. A real scene-queen anything-goes party spot that jumps till morning.
(Also listed in Clubs)
The Annex (1F, Futami Building, Shinjuku 2-14-11, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 3356 5029) On lower part of block R, facing block Q. Gay Shinjuku map
Run by Arty Farty as its ... annex. Features a mezzanine floor, and a fountain in the middle of the dance floor. Also listed below in Gay Clubs.
Campy Bar (1F, Musashino Building, Shinjuku 2-13-10, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 6273 2154) On block S, facing block K. Gay Shinjuku map
Campy Bar was started by celebrity drag queen Bourbonne, and is a vivid little bar on the main street of Ni-Chome overflowing with cheer, catering to mainly a gay crowd but welcoming all.
DNA (1F, Musashino Bldg., Shinjuku 2-13-10, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 3341 4445) On block S facing block K.
A sharply styled bar on the main drag that attracts a varied clientele. Great place for quiet chat. Hours: 3pm-5am; open every day.
Dragon Men (1F, Stork Nagasaki Bldg., Shinjuku 2-11-4, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 3341 0606) On block E facing block F. Gay Shinjuku map
Gay Ni-chome's most spacious streetside bar. Plenty of room to move, cruise, or sit down and chat. Fresh, upbeat, modern layout and decor, hip multi-genre crowd, and good, reasonably priced drinks. 6pm-9pm daily happy hour. Hours: 6pm-3am, Sun-Thu; till 5am Fri-Sat.
Fuji (B104, Saint Four Building, Shinjuku 2-12-16 , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 3354 2707). On block L, facing block T. Gay Shinjuku map
An intimate space for more mature foreign guys and Japanese guys into them. Has karaoke.
GB (B1, Shinjuku Plaza Building, Shinjuku 2-12-3, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 3352 8972) On block L, facing block D. Gay Shinjuku map
A roomy-for-Ni-Chome downstairs shot bar very popular with non-Japanese and Japanese gaisen (i.e. potato queens). Cruisy spot great for pre-clubbing.
Kinsmen (2F, Shinjuku 2-18-5, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 3354 4949) Bottom right corner of block I.
A spacious upstairs bar with a well-established presence. A warm, relaxed, adult, subtley lit atmosphere ideal for sitting and chatting with friends, the friendly bar staff, or that sexy stranger. Foreigners welcome. No cover charge. Drinks from 800 yen.
Tac's Knot (2F, Room 202, Shinjuku 3-11-12, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 3341 9404) On block A: the corner nearest Shinjuku Shinjuku 3-chome Stn Exit C6.
Run by an artist, Tac's Knot is, unsurprisingly, an arty space attracting a creative crowd and featuring exhibitions of gay artists' works. A small but venerable Ni-chome institution (although actually outside of Ni-chome proper. Across the road in San-chome.)
Usagi On block U, facing block V.
A 5th-floor bar up narrow stairs. Mainly Japanese but Japanese-speaking foreigners can also blend in. Non-smoking.
Tokyo gay bars in Shinbashi
(Shinbashi is in Minato ward, a little south of Tokyo station)
Shinbashi is a different scene from Shinjuku: more mature (30-plus) and, with that, generally more relaxed. However, it is also more traditional and, as such, less accessible to foreigners than most of Shinjuku is. The following listings are foreigner-friendly.
Town House Tokyo (6F, Korutiire Ginza Bldg, Shinbashi 1-11-5, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004. Tel. 03 3289 8558)
An expansive, popular, cruisy and refreshingly welcoming space. Vibrant but not rowdy. Mostly seating, but standing too. Open terrace in warmer months. Has karaoke. All drinks 500 yen.
Just a few meters from Exit 3 of Shinbashi Subway Station on the Ginza Line. Elevator to 5th floor only. Walk up last flight to 6F.
Open 6pm-2am weekdays (but often till later on Fridays), 4pm-midnight Saturdays. Closed Sundays and public holidays.
Bravo! (2F, Shinbashi 2-9-17, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004. Tel. 03 3503 8805)
A clean, classy, laidback bar with a relaxed adult vibe and a good selection of spirits. Recently opened.
To get there, take the Hibiya Exit out of JR Shinbashi Station, go through Steam Locomotive Park. Take the street on the left hand side on which you see a land agent's called Kanbe Tochi. Turn left into the lane just after Big Echo Karaoke. Go left again when you get to the end of the lane. Bravo! is on the 2nd floor of the building just to the left of the Chinese restaurant. Look for the sign on the street.
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays and public holidays.
Tokyo lesbian bars
(Most lesbian bars in Tokyo are to be found in Shinjuku Ni-chome, accessible from the 'Shinjuku San-Chome' subway station on the Marunouchi Line.
Most Ni-chome lesbian bars are along Shirayuri no Komichi (i.e. 'Easter Lily Lane', i.e. the lane that cuts through block Q).
Agit (1F Matsui Bldg., Shinjuku 2-15-9, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 3350 8083)
A small lesbian-owned bar for both lesbians and gays. 500 yen charge. Drinks from 800 yen. Karaoke. Counter and booth.
Hug (Shinjuku 2-15-8, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 5379 5085)
Open 9pm-5am. Closed Sundays and public holidays.
Woman only bar. 1000 yen cover charge.
Kins Womyn (3F Dai-Ichi Tenka Bldg., Shinjuku 2-15-10, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 3354 8720)
Open 8pm-4am. Closed Tuesdays.
A relaxed women-only bar. No charge. Drinks from 600 yen.
Motel #203 (203 [2F], Sunny Co-op Bldg., Shinjuku 2-7-2, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 6383 4649) On block V facing block U.
A hip women-only bar that also hosts dance events. No charge: first drink 1,000 yen. 8pm-9pm (Sun: 8pm-2am) Daily happy hour 8-9pm (500 yen). Hours: 8pm-4am, Closed Tue. www.bar-motel.com
Peach (1F Shinjuku 2-15-8, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 3351 7034)
Open 11pm-7am. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Women-only bar. 1000 yen cover charge. Drinks from 900 yen. In a brick building next to 'Hug' and across from 'Agit'. Look for the peach mark on the door.
Tamago (1F Yamahara Heights Bldg., Shinjuku 2-12-15, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 3351 4838)
Woman only bar. 2000 yen cover charge.Drinks from 1000 yen.
Chestnut and Squirrel (Tel. 090-9834-4842)
Open 7pm-midnight only on Wednesdays.
A Wednesday-only cafe/bar event in Shibuya. Primarily lesbian, but open to gay men as well - in fact, to anyone queer-friendly. Cozy atmosphere. International crowd. In Shibuya, 3 stations south of Shinjuku on the JR Yamanote line.
The name, by the way, when translated into Japanese comes out as 'kuri to risu': a transliteration of 'clitoris'!
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Ageha (in Studio Coast) (2-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0082. Tel. 03 5100% 1515). Off Ni-chome
Huge club in Tokyo's Koto ward. Not a gay club as such, but hosts gay Ageha nights, usually 'Shangri-la' (approximately every two months) or 'Black'. Five dance floors with different DJs, including at least one big name, + darkroom. Parties at Ageha are a must-go.
Access: Shinkiba Station (JR Keiyo line). Shuttle buses from Shinjuku (from block O of the Gay Shinjuku map , in front of the Yachiyo Bank) and Shibuya.
Aisotope Lounge (1F, Shinjuku 2-12-6, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 6380 1504). On block L, facing block K.
Open 8pm to 5am.
A big two-level gay bar and club that opened in April 2012. Aiso Bar on the "sub-floor" and changing events on the "main floor." Aisotope Lounge is owned by the same people who run Club ArcH, well known for its relentless party schedule, so expect more of the same from Aisotope Lounge. Gay Shinjuku map
The Annex (1F, Futami Building, Shinjuku 2-14-11, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 3356 5029) Open 3pm - 5am. On lower part of block R, facing block Q. Gay Shinjuku map
Formerly Club Zip, now run by Arty Farty as its ... annex. Features a mezzanine floor, and a small fountain in the middle of the dance floor. Sexily lit. (Also listed in Tokyo Gay Bars)
Now sadly closed.
Arty Farty (2F, No.33 Kyutei Bldg, Shinjuku 2-11-7, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 5362 9720) On block E, facing block D.
In spite of being subtitled 'The Lounge', Arty Farty on weekends is as much a small club as a bar. By far, Shinjuku 2-chome's most popular dance spot. A happy upper vibe for those who love to get down.
(Also listed in Tokyo Gay Bars)
Tokyo gay massage
i-Land Tokyo (Nishishinjuku 5-25 , Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023.). In West Shinjuku (Nishi-Shinjuku) (on the other side of Shinjuku Station from Ni-Chome).
11am - 11pm daily
Clean, private, exclusively male massage spa in Shinjuku. Well-trained masseurs provide acupressure and oil massage. Located near Nishi-shinjuku-gochome station (西新宿五丁目駅, station No, E29) two stops from Shinjuku station on the Oedo subway Line. Easily walkable from the Hilton Tokyo, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo and Shinjuku Central Park. Out-call service also available. Keeping visitors to Tokyo feeling good since 2011. Reserve through the i-Land Tokyo website
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24 Kaikan Hotel and Sauna Shinjuku (Shinjuku 2-13-1, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03 3354 2424). On block T, facing Parking Building.
Open 24 hours, 365 days
Spacious, busy, cruisy 7-story sauna with communal and private rooms, baths, steam room, TV room, glory-hole room, cafe, and more. 2,600 yen for 13 hours. 200 yen per extra hour. Foreigner-friendly. Limited English spoken. Read more about 24 Kaikan.
Dock ( B1F Dai-2 Seiko Bldg., Shinjuku 2-18-5, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 3226 4006) On block I, facing block C.
Open 9pm - 4am.
A dark room, a DJ, sex toys, and theme nights make 'Cruising Bar Dock' a sure and fun place to pick up. Mon/Tue free dress code, Wed/Thu: naked or underwear, Fri/Sat: naked only. 1500 yen entry (includes 1 drink). Look for the red 'Dock' sign on the corner of the building. Downstairs.
HX (1F, UI Bldg., Shinjuku 5-9-6, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 3226 4448). On the lower side of block O.
Open 3pm - 10am Mon-Thu, 24 hours Sat/Sun.
A small discreet hardcore sex club strictly for the younger pumped and butch crowd. Off 2-chome, but nearby. Cross the big main street Yasukuni-dori that goes past 2-chome - between 'Shinjuku 1 Kita' and 'Shinjuku 5 Higashi' intersections - and go down the alley just to the right of MosBurger. 1500 yen entry, 1000 yen between 7am & 11am.
Jungle Gym in Shibuya SEEMS TO HAVE CLOSED
King of College (2F Sakagami Bldg., Shinjuku 2-14-5, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 3352 3930). On block R, facing block S. (Next door to ArcH)
Open 6pm - 10am daily.
A rent boy bar. English spoken. Boys available on the premises, or to take out.
Rokuten 六天 (1-3-7 Kajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0044. Tel. 03 3255 1727). A bar and cruising spot - naked or fundoshi only. All kinds of guys welcome. 1,200 to 1,800 yen depending on time of entry.
Open 11am to midnight Sun to Thu: 11am - 5am Fri, Sat and public holidays. Same building as the Dotour Coffee shop, next to the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
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Treffpunkt (4F Fukutomi Bldg., 2-13-14 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 5563 0523)
Open from noon till late.
A popular pick-up joint that welcomes people of all ages, types and nationalities. Weekends and holidays are nude, other days underwear. Treffpunkt is located not in Shinjuku, but in Minato ward. Accessible from Akasaka subway station (Chiyoda line) exit 2 or 5; Tamaikesanno subway station (Ginza & Namboku lines) exit 11; Akasaka-mitsuke subway station (Ginza & Marunouchi lines).
Google Map to Treffpunkt
Gay/Lesbian useful Tokyo telephone numbers
Tokyo English Life Line
03 5774 0992 (9am-4pm, 7pm-11pm)
HIV & Human Rights Info for English speakers
Tokyo 03 5259 0256 (Saturdays only, noon-3pm)
Run by the Japan HIV Center
HIV & Human Rights Info for Japanese speakers
Tokyo 03 3292 9090 (Mon-Thu, 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-6pm)
(commissioned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government)
Tokyo 03 5259 0750 (2nd & 4th Sun 7pm-9pm)
(specifically for gay men)
Tokyo 03 5259 0259 (2nd & 4th Sun 7pm-9pm)
(specifically for lesbians)