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Gay-Friendly Tokyo Recommendations

Gay-Friendly Tokyo Recommendations

Tokyo is considered to be a safe and friendly city for gays. Tokyo even has its famous gay district, Shinjuku Ni-chome, with more than 300 gay-friendly businesses. In this article, we will explain a bit about some differences in gay etiquette in Japan and also name gay-friendly Tokyo recommendations from the locals.


American-style bars with shot-bars and dance music can be found in Tokyo, but the majority of the bars look different. We are talking about a more intimate atmosphere where the customers and a bartender (known as “mama” but being a man) can chat.

Also, before visiting a bar, check if it’s an “only men”, “only women”, or mixed. Even today, the separation by gender is still common in Japan. 

Another commonsense rule is that you should respect other customers’ privacy. Before taking too many photos or videos, make sure it is actually allowed and people do not mind. As said, the bars tend to be small, and some people might not be willing to end up appearing on your social media by the end of the night. 

The last rule is saying, that you do not have to tip, but you are expected to treat the bartender and pay for his drinks. 

Now, when we understand the rules a little better, here are some recommendations.


Usagi Bar

Usagi Bar is a tiny bar, which looks almost like someone’s apartment. Very intimate where all the customers know each other. The bartender who is also the owner is very charismatic and will make you feel at home. 

Arty Farty

As a contra to Usagi Bar, Arty Farty is much bigger and has a spacious dance floor. The place can get completely packed on the weekends. All these make it a great spot for a hook-up if this is what you are looking for. 


New Sazae

New Sazae is one of the oldest and most popular gay clubs in Tokyo. It is also considered to be the best for drag shows. This club was loved by no other than Freddy Mercury and also by the cast of “Queer Eye”. 

Dragon Men

Dragon Men is also located in Shinjuku Ni-chome and considered to be one of the most popular spots in Tokyo for the gay community. The crowd is usually a mix of foreigners and locals who are looking to have good cocktails and to dance. 

Sauna JIN-YA.

Compact-sized gay sauna in Ikebukuro area. JIN-YA has 4 common play areas and a video room. Among other facilities there are also dry sauna, communal bath, and nude rooftop area.  By the way, this is also one of the most foreign-friendly saunas in Tokyo in general. 


In Tokyo there are many gay-friendly accommodation options. Of course, we are also welcoming anyone from the community in all of our properties. Please feel to reach out if you are looking for a furnished accommodation in central Tokyo.