This is a city where you can sing your heart out in a karaoke box, bow to a sumo wrestler, and then dance the night away in a LGBTQ+ club, all before the first train home.
Tokyo is a glorious mash-up of the past, present, and future. One minute you're strolling under the towering skyscrapers of Shinjuku, and the next, you're lost in the serene gardens of the Imperial Palace. In Asakusa, old Tokyo comes alive with its ancient temples and traditional markets. Then you can take in all the best gay bars in Tokyo at Shinjuku Ni-chōme!
Foodies, rejoice! Tokyo is your oyster... or rather, your sushi roll. From the freshest sashimi at Tsukiji Market to the quirky robot restaurants, Tokyo's culinary scene is as diverse as a Pride parade. And for the night owls, nothing beats a warm bowl of ramen after a night of revelry. Tokyo’s got more Michelin stars in its bounds than any other city in the world, so try all the Japanese deliciousness!
Japan’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community is admittedly a bit different. The country has no history of hostility towards us, yet the queer-friendliness levels veer more towards “don’t ask, don’t tell” than outright acceptance. You’ll see this attitude in Shinjuku Ni-chōme, the city’s famed gay neighborhood. Straight by day, Ni-chōme's closet doors fly open at night. Within just a few blocks, the neighborhood packs in hundreds of tiny gay bars, catering to just about every fetish you can think of (plus plenty you can’t).
And for those into anime, electronic gadgets, and manga, Akihabara is your geeky wonderland. Love a shopping spree galore? Tons of shopping can be found in Shinjuku and Shibuya. From high-end fashion to quirky souvenirs, there's a treasure trove waiting to be discovered and try the Ginza or Harajuku areas too!
Japan is also known for its famous seasonal celebrations! Don't miss out on the beloved cherry blossom season, which begins at the end of March until early April. Kanda Matsuri takes place in the middle of May each year, and is a festival for the shrine of Kanda Myojin. And Tokyo Rainbow Pride is the annual LGBTQ+ pride event that brings together all the queer community of Tokyo.
From the traditional art of tea ceremony to the pulsating beats of a J-Pop concert, Tokyo's cultural scene is a blend of the old and the new. Explore art galleries, museums, the best gay bars in Tokyo and theaters that showcase the city's love for art and creativity. Experience this city of restraint and abandon for yourself—and let us know which side you lean towards when you make it there to Tokyo, Japan.