Gay and Lesbian Japan Listings: websites, bars, clubs and useful phone numbers.
Most gay/lesbian related websites in Japan are in Japanese.
Here are the most worthwhile and frequently updated gay Japan sites in English:
Utopia Japan - A wealth of useful information about the gay and lesbian scenes in Japan, especially on gay and lesbian bars throughout Japan.
Read a review of the latest Utopia Guide to Japan, Korea & Taiwan
Gay Japan News - A primarily Japanese gay and lesbian news site, but with an English section.
Naked Tokyo - Naked Japanese male celebrities revealed, onsen photos and pics from Japanese naked festivals. This blog is intended for adults who appreciate Japanese male beauty. Daily tantalizing updates!
Queer Samurai Japan for Gay Youth - An amateur site with interesting historical information about homosexuality in Japan, albeit in imperfect English. Excellent list of links for further reading.
Tokyowrestling - A Japanese English bilingual web magazine focusing on lesbian and queer culture from a Japanese perspective.
Tokyowrestling includes interviews, gay event information, insight into J-queer culture and more.
Some foreigner-friendly bars and clubs
(Addresses being notoriously difficult to find, please check bar websites for map where possible.)
Tokyo never sleeps, and neither does its gay scene: alive and well on any day of the week. Centered on Shinjuku ward's 2-chome (pronounced 'nee-cho-may') district, there are nevertheless places to find other men or women throughout the city. Read more on Tokyo's gay bars
The city of Yokohama is virtually an extension of Tokyo and as such is seriously overshadowed. While most Yokohama boys and girls go to Shinjuku 2-chome - or elsewhere in Tokyo - for the weekend, there is a small local scene. Read more on Yokohama's gay scene
Osaka gay bars and clubs
See a full listing of Osaka gay bars, clubs, saunas, and community centers.
Nagoya gay bars and clubs
Nagoya gay/lesbian bar
The Metro Club - "The Metro Club" is an International Gay and Lesbian Dance Party on the second Saturday of every month at LOVER:z, a great new space in Shin Sakae, across the street from the CBC Television Building, right next to the Toyoko Inn. "Well-known, long-running, (since 1993) fun and friendly party!"
Gay/Lesbian useful telephone numbers
Tokyo English Life Line 03-5774-0992 (9am-4pm, 7pm-11pm)
HIV & Human Rights English Info
Tokyo 03-5259-0256 (Saturdays only, 11am-2pm)
Osaka 0720-43-4105 (Saturday only 1pm-6pm)
AIDS helpline 0120-04-88-40 (freedial)