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Entertainment in Tokyo: Gay bars and clubs



Make good use of the relatively open gay and lesbian scene in Tokyo; in the rest of Japan (even in big cities like Osaka), some things are a lot more cliquey and closeted. The first gay pride parade was held in Tokyo in 1995, and it's now an annual event (in May) with over two thousand participants - the first spin-off lesbian march occurred in October 1997.
  • Shinjuku-Nichome: There are several bars and clubs in this place, it is the epicenter of Tokyo's gay world, and is as cruisey as it gets for Japan. All in Nichome, there are many gay events reserved at clubs around the city, including Code, Liquid Room and Yellow - Tokyo Journal has some details in its Cityscope listings.


  • Ace: B2 Dai-ni Hayakawaya Building, 2-14-6 Shinjuku. House and garage still rule at this basement club (the old Delight) just next to the cruising park in Nichome.


  • Arty Farty: 2-4-17 Shinjuku. A youthful scene at this bar on the corner with decor that is a cross between New Mexico adobe chic and a Christmas grotto. Open until 5am, and from 3pm on Sun for gay/straight events.


  • Club Zip: 2-14-11 Shinjuku. There is an English sign outside this classy and spacious bar, where it's possible to have a quiet drink without being ogled. No cover charge, and beers are a reasonable ¥600 (¥500 during happy hour). Daily 3pm-5am.


  • Fuji Bar: 2-12-16 Shinjuku. Cosy karaoke bar in the basement of the building around the corner from GB has a wide selection of English songs, in case you're in the singing mood.
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