Gay Yokohama: bars, clubs, community.
Yokohama gay and lesbian centers, bars, clubs, cinemas, stores, cruising spots
Yokohama is Japan's second largest city, but lives somewhat under the shadow of neighboring Tokyo. Nevertheless, Yokohama's history is closely tied to the opening up of Japan to the West, and, together with Kobe in east Japan, was a city where many Westerners lived in the old Meiji era of Japanese history, the subsequent pre-War Taisho era, and even now.
When it comes to Yokohama's gay scene, it, too, is somewhat overshadowed by Tokyo, specifically areas such as Shinjuku Ni-Chome. Nevertheless, the Yokohama gay scene remains a vibrant and healthy one. The following guide introduces you to a few gay Yokohama venues.
Yokohama gay & lesbian community center
Kanagawa Rainbow Center SHIP
A community drop-in center serving Yokohama's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual community since 2007.
Library corner, information corner, gallery corner, computer corner, one-on-one consultation corner, bathroom.
Hours: 4.00pm - 9.00pm Wed, Fri, Sat; 3.00pm - 6.00pm Sun & public holidays. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu.
Address: 2F Pirea Daimachi, 14-2 Daimachi, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 221-0834. Tel. 045-306-6769 (during open hours only)
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Yokohama gay bars
There are numerous gay bars in Yokohama, many of which welcome foreigners (preferably those with some Japanese language ability). Gay bars in Yokohama are located mainly in Naka ward, between Sakuragicho Station and Hinodecho Station.
Mons (formerly "10 Carat")
Small, welcoming gay bar for guys of all ages. Karaoke, 200 yen per song. Run by the friendly Aki. Accompanied female guests permitted Sunday and Monday. 800 yen cover charge.
Hours: 8.00pm till late. Closed every Wednesday.
Address: 304 Lion's Mansion Nogeyama Koen, 3-63 Miyagawa-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa. Tel. 045-262-5015
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Relatively spacious gay bar for guys in their 20s and 30s. 1,700 yen cover charge (with one drink). Free karaoke.
Hours: 8.30pm - 5.00am (8.30pm - 2.00am on Monday), closed every Wednesday.
Address: 203 Neo-Castle Noge, 2-101-1 Noge-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0064. Tel. 045-242-4642
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Easy-going gay bar mainly for guys in their 20s to 40s. Open till the wee hours. Karaoke, 200 yen per song. Run by the friendly Tatsuya (mid-40s). Accompanied female guests permitted Sunday and Monday.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 7.00pm - 4.00am; Fri-Sat: 7.00pm - 7.00am; Sun & public holidays: 7.00pm - 4.00am; day before a public holiday: 7.00pm - 7.00am
Address: 201 Kagami Building, 1-6 Nogecho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa. Tel. 045-241-7661
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Gay bar that particularly welcomes the butch, stocky, chubby type and those into them. Generally 20s to 40s. Foreigners who speak Japanese welcome. Karaoke.
Hours: 8.00pm - 4.00am; closed Thursdays, except when Thursday is the day before a public holiday
Address: 3F, Sawa Building, 2-58 Miyakawacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0065. Tel. 045-241-7661
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Cafe & Bar MW
Pronounced "moo," MW is a trendy, welcoming nighttime gay bar (women welcome too) that is also open for lunch on Sundays.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 6.00pm - 1.00am; Fri, Sat, day before a public holiday: 6.00pm - 5.00am. Sunday lunch: 11:00am - 5.00pm
Address: 9F Isezaki Kazama Building, 12-1 Yoshida, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0041. Tel. 045-326-6389
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Gay bar for guys of all ages. 1,300 yen cover charge (with one drink). Karaoke, 100 yen per song.
Hours: 7pm till late. Closed every Wednesday.
Address: 1-48-A Hanasaki-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa. Tel. 045-253-9337
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A welcoming, multi-culturally staffed gay bar that also serves food. (The HFS stands for "Hay Fever Syndrome"!?). 1,500 yen cover charge (with one drink). Karaoke, 100 yen per song, but free on Thursdays.
Hours: 8.00pm - 5.00am, every day, (sometimes closed Monday.
Address: 302 Lion's Mansion Nogeyama Koen, 3-63 Miyagawa-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0065. Tel. 045-253-0342
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Bar for the more middle-aged and older set, normal physique to chubby. 1,500 yen cover charge (with one drink). Foreigners who speak Japanese welcome. Karaoke.
Hours: 5.30pm - 3.00am, Mon-Fri; 3.00pm - 2.00am Sat, Sun, public holidays
Address: 1F, Maeda Building 2, 2-28 Miyagawa-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0065. Tel. 045-231-7724
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Yokohama gay store
The Yokohama branch of a gay DVD store (other branches in Osaka).
Hours: noon - 1.00am, every day.
Address: 2F, Daiichi Heian Building, 5-2 Fukutomicho-higashi-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0044 Tel. 045-260-1255
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Yokohama gay cinema
The only gay cinema in the greater Tokyo region.
Hours: 11.00am - 9.00pm, Mon-Thu; 11.00pm - 5.00am, Fri, Sat.
Admission: 1,500 yen (discounts for members and students)
Men 18 years and over only. ID may be required.
Address: 2-59 Miyagawa-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0065. Tel. 045-231-0837
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Yokohama gay cruising spots
Be discreet. Cruising spaces should be visited either alone or with no more than one other. Bring ID.
Small cruising space for slim, average-size, and muscly men from 18 - 39 years old. ID required. Japanese language ability preferred. Underwear only, or all naked only, depending on day of the week. No admission to chubby and overweight guys (welcomed at Chrom: see below).
Hours: 3pm - 11.30pm, 7 days a week.
Address: 617 Annex Yokohama Building, 2-9-9 Minami-saiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken.
NB From the street, take the left-hand entrance of the building, not the central entrance.
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Two-floor cruising space for men from 18 - 49 years old (up to 35 years old on Wednesdays - see below). ID required. Japanese language ability preferred.
Mon: 3F everything OK; 4F sucking only, no anal.
Tue: 3F everything OK; 4F underwear only.
Wed: 3F both floors for up to 35 y.o. only; naked or towel only.
Thu: 3F everything OK; 4F shaven/cropped head guys only.
Sat/Sun: both floors everything OK.
Hours: 1.00pm - 2.00am, Mon-Thu; then Fri 1.00pm through to Mon 5.00am (last entry Mon 4.00am). Ticket available to go out and come back for up to a 3-hour absence; 300 yen surcharge for 3-6hr absence.
Admission: 1,500 yen (surcharge for any stay of more than 16 hours). Various discounts for hour or age apply. 18-49 years old guys only (up to 35 y.o. on Wednesdays).
Address: 2F, 定 Building, 1-15 Nogecho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken. Tel: 045-325-9993
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Small cruising space for chubby men from 18 - 39 years old. ID required. Japanese language ability preferred. All naked only, except on Sundays when underwear only is okay. No admission to slim guys.
Hours: 10.30pm - 6.15am (10.30pm - 5.50am on Sundays), 7 days a week. No admission after 3.00am. Admission: 2,000 yen.