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In fact, Ni-chome is home to hundred of bars, clubs and cafés. Some venues limit access to Japanese only; others have policies based on specific themes. As a result, the Tokyo gay scene can be challenging for foreigners.
1F Tenka Bldg, 2-18-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo
weekday 18:00 - 02:00 weekend 18:00 - 05:00 / 00:00
Revamped AiiRO Café (formerly ‘Advocates Café’) is the hottest street corner gay café & bar in Shinjuku. Originally opened in 2000 by the GM of ageHa gay nightclub.
Lively, welcoming atmosphere with very diverse crowd. A great place to start your evening, enjoy the scene and make new friends.
AiiRO gets busy on the weekend with customers spilling onto the street. There is a big Japanese Shrine Gate, Torii on the entrance.
2F Homebase Bldg, 2-18-5 Shinjuku, Tokyo
weekday Tue-Thu 20:00 - 01:00 weekend 20:00 - 03:00 / 01:00
Kinsmen is an upstairs gay bar with a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Nice mix of crowd, and foreigners are welcome. Great place to chill out and make new friends.
No cover charge. Closed on Mondays.
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1/F, 2-15-12 Shinjuku, Tokyo | map
weekday Tue-Fri 20:00 - 01:00, weekend 20:00 - 01:00
Small gay bar with karaoke in Shinjuku Ni-chome. Foreigners are welcome. Muscular staff, fun and friendly atmosphere.
Cover charge of ¥2,000 includes one drink (second drink ¥800). Closed on Mondays.
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Tokyo’s new international gay bar, located in Shinjuku Ni-chome gay district. EAGLE Tokyo welcomes everyone to enjoy drinks made by handsome bearish staff.
The bar offers a relaxed ‘Brooklyn style’ atmosphere for listening to chill-out music and conversing with the locals and other international friends.
EAGLE is just a 3-minute walk away from its other gay bar Leo Lounge. From Shinjuku Station, take the East Exit.
nearest station : Shinjuku San-chome (Exit C8)
5/F Takamine Bldg, 2-15-12 Shinjuku, Tokyo | map
weekday 20:00 - 00:00, weekend 20:00 - 02:00
Kumpel is a gay-friendly bar in heart of Shinjuku Ni-chome gay nightlife.
There’s ‘no cover charge’ and ‘no smoking’, here. Also no karaoke. Alcoholic drinks start at ¥500. BYOF welcome.
1F Musashino Bldg, 2-chome 13−10 Shinjuku, Tokyo
weekday 15:00 - 05:00 weekend 15:00 - 05:00 / 23:00
Campy! is lively little gay bar, run by celebrity drag queen Bourbonne. Everyone is welcome!
Conveniently located on Shinjuku Ni-chome main street.
Small gay bar in Shinjuku Ni-chome gay district, with DJ and mostly local crowd.
2-Chome-11 Shinjuku, Tokyo | map
weekday from 20:00, weekend from 20:00
A meeting place for cross-dressers and transexuals and everyone else who would like to hang out and have a fun karaoke night with them.
For hardcore drinkers, J’s Bar has an all-you-can-drink deal for ¥3000. Located in Shinjuku Ni-chome gay district.
B1 Shatelet Shibuya, 2-20-13 Higashi, Shibuya, Tokyo
weekday 18:00 - 03:00 weekend 18:00 - 05:00
Gay-friendly fusion sushi bar & restaurant in the heart of Shibuya and Ebisu. KITSUNE serves French-influenced Japanese cuisine. Try “Sunshine”, a creative dish made with sushi and terrine. A variety of sake is available.
The owner of KITSUNE is a strong supporter of the local LGBT community.
nearest station : Shibuya
1-11-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
weekday 20:00 - 03:00 weekend Sat 20:00 - 05:00
HOME is a local gay bar in Shibuya that welcomes everyone – gay, bi, straight, women, foreigners, etc. Closed on Sundays.
4/F Shimizu Bldg, 2-7-4 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
weekday 19:00 - 02:00 weekend 19:00 - 02:00 / 00:00
Gay-owned bar in Shibuya. Shibuya 246 serves a range of beverages including wine, whiskey, cocktails, sake in a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Free WiFi available.
located a one-minute walk from Shibuya Station West.
3F Roppongi Yamato Bdg, 7-14-5 Minato-ku, Roppongi, Tokyo
weekday 19:00 - 02:00 weekend 19:00 - 05:00 / 00:00
Tokyo R Bar is a new gay-popular cafe bar in the heart of Roppongi area. The bar is surrounded by panoramic views of Roppongi. Every weekend, featured DJ’s spin unique blends of deep house and international music.
R Bar is open from 7pm until late throughout the week.
2F, 2-10-7 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo | map
weekday 19:00 - 02:00, weekend 20:00 - 05:00
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Gay karaoke bar in Tokyo that has been in business since 2013. Bears- and chubbies-friendly.
The owner of NAVIGATE is a Japanese bearish type master (43 y.o.) who speaks English and some Korean.
nearest station : Tawaramachi / Ginza Line
2F, 3-11-12 Shinjuku, Room 202, Tokyo
weekday 20:00 - 03:00 weekend 20:00 - 03:00
Tac’s Knot is a small, gay-owned cocktail bar that features artworks by local gay artists. Friendly staff offer a warm welcome.
Located on Block A, near Shinjuku 3-Chome Station (Exit C6)
International gay bar for bears, friends and admirers in Shinjuku Ni-chome gay village.
Leo Lounge has a laid-back atmosphere, reasonable drinks, good music and friendly staff.
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