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Japan's gay and lesbian sub-cultures are ancient and sophisticated. There are references to homosexual relationships in 11th century diaries and even in an amusing turn of events for the womanizing protagonist of The Tale of Genji, one of the world's earliest novels. Traditions of same-sex love and cults of youthful male beauty flourished in later centuries, and male prostitution was broadly available throughout the country. There are even public parks which have been cruising spots for hundreds of years and guidebooks devoted to homosexual pleasures published in the 1760's!
While uniquely fascinating, and offering a staggering variety of sexual outlets, modern Japan's gay scene can also be frustrating, discriminatory and oppressed. Gay liberation and activism have only recently emerged from the shadows, urged into the spotlight by AIDS and a young generation of homosexuals dissatisfied with widespread ignorance and stereotypes. In a country where 98% of the population gets married, many homosexuals and bisexuals express their same-sex desires only within the anonymity offered by maze-like night life districts, the lingering wisps of Edo's incense-perfumed ukiyo (floating world). Most recently, some young gays and lesbians have become decidedly more visible (there is even a guidebook for the general public, called "Gift of Gay", which details gay and lesbian influences in popular culture and history) participating in gay pride events and declaring a holiday on April 4, midway between Girl's Day and Boy's Day, wittily named "New Half Day".
Two popular stereotypes exist about Japan. First, that it is prohibitively expensive (great values for travelers do exist and it's even possible to have a fabulous budget vacation here); and secondly, that Japan is an unfriendly place for foreigners. In fact, Japan is inhospitable to other Japanese who step out of place. Shinjuku Ni-Chome, a small sub-district of downtown Tokyo, houses well over 200 gay and lesbian bars crammed into a 5-block area. Each bar may only have room to seat a dozen customers, and as a result, The Peppermint Bar will only welcome Peppermint Boys and their fans (whatever that happens to be) and other visitors, Japanese or not, will be given a decisively cold shoulder if they occupy precious space. Locate venues that feature your "type" and you will be welcomed into a cozy and secluded world where other patrons are pre-matched to your tastes. This is simply the result of hundreds of years of specialization within the shadow world and an economic reality of limited space and prohibitive rents.
You may hear the term gai-sen which connotes a Japanese who prefers foreigners (a potato queen). Many such terms exist within Japan's small social tribes, including debu-sen (fat guy chaser) and fuke-sen (old man lover).
Whatever type you are, you'll find you have a fan here. Gay Japanese don’t waste time playing mind games, money games, or twiddling their thumbs in the closet. Refreshingly, once they know what they like they just go for it! No dilemmas, no shame. How civilized.
SUNNY USE OF MINGLISH IN JAPAN|
"It's the way we welcome the sun
with 35 sun-block. The way the best water,
now mostly comes in bottles.
It's the way we make time for exercise
and like to enjoy reading.
That's why SUBWAY offers the varieties of
fresh and healthy subs.
Because when you are through surfing,
you might want to put on a bathing suit.
It's the way a sandwich should be."
-- printing on the SUBWAY sandwich chain's drinking cups
Pocket Wetty -- tissue brand
Raw Dust Only -- sign above a garbage can
"Foreigners please rebrain from entering" -- gay club advertisement
-- yummy angel sweets
Fine Aroma Straight
-- popular soft drinks
Jelly Topping Shakes
Pepper Burger with Potato Sauce
-- items on the menu at McDonalds
-- chewy fruit Dew-Dews
"OK! No! Freaks of Gogo Spectators" -- website title
She Her Her (Super Emission) -- chewing gum
"Sodom. Enjoy Your Lifestyle." -- slogan on a child's fanny pack
At least six regular gay monthly magazines exist in Japan, and they feature the broadest range of Asian gay "types" in the world. Whether you fancy portly businessmen in suits, manly workmen with crewcuts and beards, graying Grandfathers, lithe teen sportsmen, or bound and gagged fetishists, you'll find publications and pillow books dedicated to each. The "magazines" are actually thick, journal-sized soft cover books and include a spectrum of gay content including feature articles, manga (cartoon serials), hidden camera photos in showers and bathrooms, personal ads, erotic stories and advertisements. Most of the models are also featured in videos for sale in the advertising section. Some straight sports clubs make a good deal of money by selling amateur erotic videos of their freshmen members being initiated at nude drinking parties. Amusingly, you may find a packet of tissue paper included in your bag when you purchase books from gay shops, a refreshingly candid freebie. Some of the most popular publications are listed below.
The trendiest Japanese gay publication, appealing to younger gays, with a broad range of model types and sexual flavors. Very popular.
Barazoku (The Rose Tribe)
No longer bring published. This quintessential and often imitated Japanese gay magazine had one of the longest runs of a Japanese gay publication. The publisher, often quoted as saying he was not gay, admitted to Utopia that, late in his life, he’s not quite sure that’s true.
Features bear-types, beards, mustaches, light S/M and chubby hunks.
Transvestite and transgender magazine.
Stout and bellied businessmen and Daddies.
Hunky, middle-aged men subjected to SM, ropes, candles, toys, rough trade, leather, piercing, fisting, bondage, body fluids, fundoshi, and crew cuts.
Girth and mirth, large and portly mature men, all the way up to Sumo-sized. Some models overlap with G-men and Sabu. But, oh, those big-bellied businessmen are the superstars here.
Middle-aged and mature, chubby, bearded, business executives and Daddies.
- AIDS/HIV organizations and information
Gay Association in Japan
Nanao Bld, 3-17-4 Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo,141-0022 Japan, 5793-7808, FAX 3441-7372.
OCCUR (Japan Association for the Lesbian and Gay Movement
Ishikawa-Building 2nd Floor, 6-12-11 Honcho Nakano, Tokyo 164 Japan, (813) 3383-5556, FAX 3229-7880, email. Grassroots gay activist organization and sponsor of the Tokyo Gay and Lesbian Film/Video Festival.
Stonewall AJET UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2012
They provide an affirming, open, safe zone for LGBTQ individuals and allies in Japan; updates about events in various areas of Japan; as well as maintaining online platforms to connect the community, share experiences and foster mutual learning. They also provides peer support and references to members.
- Magnet Tours
2F, Sereno Nishishinbashi, 2-11-14, Nishishinbashi, Minato-ku, +81-3-3500-4819, FAX +81-3-3500-4856, email. Gay-owned Magnet Tours is the first tour operator in Japan to focus specifically on LGBT travelers. Magnet Tours opened its doors in 2009. The offer expert advice and planning for gay vacations to Japan.
Amagasaki Sauna New Plaza UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2015
Nearby Hanshin Amagasaki Station. Re-opened in 2015. Not gay, but there are many gay men, especially weekend nights.
Beppu -- area code (81-977)
Beppu is a resort city that is famous for its many onsen (hot spring baths) along with its Beppu Hihokan museum of sex. Population is about 150,000 million (that's about 6,000 Utopians).
- Bar Myway
1-14 Ekimaehonmachi, Beppu-city Oita Japan, 738-338, email. A small bar, but the owner, Takeshi, is very friendly and knows many spots in the city. The drinks are not too expensive and the people who go here are also nice. A warm welcome for Utopians here.
FUKUOKA -- area code (81-92)
Population is about 1.4 million (that's over 55,000 Utopians).
- Heart Cooktail
2-18-6 Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, 092-721-6040.
- San Ban Gai
2-15-10 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, 092-291-6578.
- Snack Takashi
6-24 3/F Furusenba, Kokurakita, Kitakyushu, 093-522-5554.
3-8-5 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku.
- Meigaza 2 Theater
2-5-6 Kyo-machi, Kokurakitaku, 093-522-5916. Near the JR Kokura Station, south gate.
- Morning Tei (coffee and breakfast)
2-2-11-103 Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, 092-762-5093.
- Business Inn Kokura
Kyo-machi 4-5-1, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu, 093-551-1400.
- Business Inn Hisamatsu
2-19-3 Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, 092-761-4770. All ages.
Gold Sign UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2015
2/F Seijo Bld, 5-5-15 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku (see map), 092-481-6564. Exit the Hakata Train Station and turn left onto the main Rd. After one block you will come to an intersection. Cross the intersection and continue walking with the main thoroughfare on your right. You will pass a large building across the street on your right marked Evo in big letters. Then you will pass the Sutton Hotel (also on your right) and then the entrance to Sumiyoshi Shrine (also across the street on the right). The street that is directly across from the entrance to Sumiyoshi Shrine is Koyanaga-dori. Turn left onto that street. Walk 7 blocks to the first traffic light. Shin-Shin restaurant is on the corner. Turn left and walk about half a block further. The building which adjoins a restaurant has a green marble sign inside the entrance on the left. Look for a green elevator in the lobby of the building. Walk up the lobby stairs and down the hallway to the door marked GS. Clean place. There are lockers, a shower, toilet, some small lockable cabins, and mix rooms.
Comments from Utopians:
"They will ask for ID. The age limit is 40." -- Michael, Dec 4, 2015
- Jet Zone
2-6-1 8/F Bashaku, Kokurakita-ku. 093-531-5517.
Booster UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2015
2/F 4-15-3 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, 092-413-5227. Exit the Hakata Train Station and turn left onto the main road. After one block you will come to an intersection. Cross it and continue walking with the main thoroughfare on your right. You will pass a large building across the street on your right marked Evo in big letters. Then you will pass the Sutton Hotel, also on your right. Continue until you come to the Royal Host restaurant on your left. Once you are at the restaurant, continue to the 3rd very narrow street on your left. About 20m down that street on the left side you will see a building with two lighted signs out front. The top sign is black and white and reads Booster. The bottom sign is red and yellow and reads Arrows. At the head of the stairs is the entrance to a small gay bar, Arrows. Go up the stairs. The door to Booster is not marked. It's a very small, dark hattenba. with both open areas and rooms with doors. Blankets, condoms and lube are provided. There are showers, but no sauna. The staff is very friendly and speak limited English. Busiest on Fri and Sat nights with crowd from 20s-40s. Age restriction: under 45.
Comments from Utopians:
"Booster does offer blankets and you can sleep here. On a Fri night here were 25-30 guys there, middle aged, some in their 20s." -- Michael, Dec 4, 2015
2-14 Furu-senba, Kokurakita-ku, 093-551-1414.
Naka-Naka Club UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2015
5-18-18 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, 092-413-7098. Exit the Hakata Train Station and turn left onto the main road. After one block you will come to an intersection. Cross the intersection and continue walking with the main thoroughfare on your right. You will pass a large building across the street on your right marked Evo in big letters. Then you will pass the Sutton Hotel (also on your right) and, finally, the entrance to Sumiyoshi Shrine (also across the street on the right). Continue until you come to the Royal Host restaurant on your left. Once you are at the restaurant, continue to the 2nd very narrow street on your left (Koyanagi-dori). Walk 7 blocks. You will pass Hair Studio Friend on your left. Turn left at the next narrow street, directly across from Ofa's Hair Salon. Naka-Naka Club is the first building on the right. It is a brown wooden building. In front of the building on a pole is a white lighted sign with Japanese characters. This hattenba is small, with no sauna. There are no rooms with doors, just an open area separated with dividers, and very dark. There are two sets of bunk beds.
Comments from Utopians:
"No age restrictions." -- Michael, Dec 4, 2015
Hakata-Anzuya UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2015
5-17-14 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, 092-412-3925. Around the corner from Naka-Naka Club. Exit the Hakata Train Station and turn left onto the main road. After one block you will come to an intersection. Cross the intersection and continue walking with the main thoroughfare on your right. You will pass a large building across the street on your right marked Evo in big letters. Then you will pass the Sutton Hotel (also on your right) and, finally, the entrance to Sumiyoshi Shrine (also across the street on the right). Continue until you come to the Royal Host restaurant on your left. Once you are at the restaurant, continue to the 2nd very narrow street on your left (Koyanagi-dori). Walk 7 blocks. You will pass Hair Studio Friend on your left. At the next narrow street, across from Ofa's Hair Salon, there is a red lighted box sign with Japanese characters on the sidewalk in front of the store. Book/video store (free admission) and separate cubicles with Net access.
Comments from Utopians:
"This adult book store is located around the corner from Naka-Naka Club (see under saunas) just before the taking the left turn across from Ofa's Hair Salon. There is a red lighted box sign with Japanese characters on the sidewalk in front of the store." -- Michael, Dec 4, 2015
- Hakata Budoya
3-9-23 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, 092-272-3628.
Hasuda City (Saitama)
Hasuda City, north of Tokyo, has a poulation over 70,000 (that's about 3,000 Utopians).
- Lotus Field - Aromatic Massage for Men
2845-11 Kurohama, +81-80-5464-9043, email. Gay-owned. When you feel tension in your muscles, if you want some luxury time, a Japanese masseur will visit you for special aromatic touch. Close your eyes, relax, and feel the high quality of the massage technique. Available 24 hours. You can choose from aromatic full body massage, sports massage, head massage, salt body cleansing, foot cream massage, head and body wash, flower bath, etc.
HIROSHIMA -- area code (81-82)
Click here for Hiroshima hotels and accommodations.
- Sun-book Kannon
13-14-101 7-Chome, Minamikannon, Nishi-ku.
(near JR Hiroshima Station), 263-7095. A small cinema with gay movies down the street near the first park/waterway. Go out from the station and get on the trolly. Get off when it turns half left. Look for a used camera store on the left corner when facing away from the station. Pass the camera store and turn down the first right small street. Walk a half block, it's on the left.
- North part of the Peace Memorial Park at the Peace Clock Tower (near Aioi Bridge, between Honkawa river and Motoyasukawa river). This meeting place for gay people is usually visited from the time the sun goes down till around 11:30pm, from the beginning of April till the end of October every year, if it`s not too cold. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2011
Shintenji, 243-5935. Almost any cab driver will know where this famous Hiroshima specialty restaurant is located and expect lines at the door. What's all the fuss? Okonomiyaki, a sort of vegetable pancake grilled right at your teppan table or counter grill, is a delicious, popular and inexpensive Kansai area dish. But Hiroshima is famous for its mountainous version and this is the place to grab an icy mug of beer and dig in. Try to sit at the counter so you may enjoy the free entertainment as your dinner is assembled from up to a dozen fresh ingredients. First select your "main ingredient" such as bacon, shrimp, squid or even strips of rice mochi. Next, the chef will pour and shape paper-thin crepes the size of a large dinner plate. Onto this go shredded cabbage, tempura cracklings, and bean sprouts. Shake on a bit of seasoning, add the main ingredient, and then flip the crepe over to cook the meat and steam the veggies. On another section of the grill, noodles (soba or udon) are sizzling with a little oil and an egg before being dropped on top of the already bulging crepe. Final embelishments are added: scallions, bonito (dried fish shavings), sweet and dark sauce, and bits of nori (dried seaweed).
Kiraku-kaikan UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2015
Kyobashi-cho, Minami-ku, 263-7095. They list their rules and policies in English (but you must speak Japanese to join their membership). At the top is "Japanese only spoken." Overpriced entry fee for what's on offer. Very smokey. Unfriendly.
Comments from Utopians:
"To enter you need their membership card and you have to speak Japanese well (a little bit is not enough)." -- Joe, Jul 5, 2015
6-2 Hiraga Bld, Tanaka, Naka-ku.
Kagoshima -- area code (81-99)
Population is over a half million (that's about 20,000 Utopians).
Next to the entrance of the Washington Hotel.
099-226-6410. Behind the Richmond Hotel in Shinichi.
- Ken's Bar
099-223-0598. Located in a small side street, opposite the entrance to the Washington Hotel in the Shinichi area.
Kiraku-kaikan UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2013
8-12 Ogawa-cho (two blocks from the railroad station), 226-8274. Small sauna. One shower, two large play rooms, and TV room. Crowd is mostly mature. Very smoky. Foreigners are welcome. Busiest on weekends, quiet on weekdays.
Population is over 1 million (that's about 40,000 Utopians).
- Bar Monkey
Very friendly, cozy and small. The other patrons are shy at first, but after a few drinks, and a karaoke song or two, you will be an old friend. The bar Master doesn't speak much English, but he will find someone who does.
- Business Inn
Kokura-ku. Their webpage says it welcomes all types, no age discrimination. The receptionist (very hot) will make an effort to speak to you in English. It helps if you speak some Japanese. Small and a little old, but clean. One room to sleep, two to play, one to socialize while watching gay videos, one smoking lounge with Japanese TV, and a small bar. A huge collection of gay magazines in Japanese (if you don't understand, the pictures will be enough). Bath, showers, sauna.
- Hisen kaikan
Kokura-ku. A hattenba that caters to a younger crowd).
Population is about 350,000 (that's about 14,000 Utopians).
Population is over 1.5 million (that's 60,000 Utopians).
Shioya beach UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2014
Between Suma beach and Shioya Station. Many gays enjoy sun bathing. They wear Speedos, fundoshi (Japanese traditional loincloth), or full nude (illegal).
KUMAMOTO -- area code (81-96)
Population is about 700,000 (that's about 28,000 Utopians).
- October 86
Greece UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2011
1-8-5 Simo-dori (in Gallery Shinshigay Sun Rd, panneauSUNTOTY's other side Shimomachidori). The boss, Takanori, trys to put you at ease. Very lttle English spoken, but it is very welcoming. Evening karaoke.
- Kumamoto Anzu-do
2-10-19 Simo-dori, 351-1446.
KYOTO -- area code (81-75)
Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan and the repository for its traditional arts, spiritual practices, cuisine and urban way of life. It may seem positively sleepy when compared with the light speed pace of Tokyo, but somehow Kyoto manages to retain a small town feeling, even though it's a teeming city of millions. Many Kyoto gays go to nearby Osaka to socialize, so as not to be spotted wandering in Kyoto's quaint cherry and willow-lined nightlife area. Kyoto, and nearby Nara, are both magical, mystical and mesmerizing treasure vaults of cultural wonders and quiet secrets.
Most of Kyoto's major attractions are on three easy bus routes (with English signage and speaker announcements) that depart just outside the main north exit of Kyoto Station. Buy a discount pass from the ticket office there to use these special buses all day. Kyoto also has an excellent subway. North Kyoto must-sees include the Golden Pavilion (northwest), the Silver Pavilion (northeast), and the zen garden compounds of Daitoku-ji (north central). Dozens of additional major temples and shrines are often seen to best effect in specific seasons, so consult your guidebooks for the ideal itinerary on your planned dates. For a slice of Kyoto daily life, don't miss the 400-year-old shopping avenue, Nishiki-Koji Dori, in the center of the city. If you are lucky enough to be in Kyoto during cherry blossom season, head to the hillside parks east of the river and join the hanami (flower-viewing) throngs.
The population of Kyoto about 1.5 million (that's about 60,000 Utopians).
2/F Ito Bld., Kiyamachi Shijo Agaru, 213-0545. Mid 25-45yo.
2/F Itoh Bld, Shijo-Kiyamachi, Agaru (50m down Kiyamachi St), 251-6792.
- Japanese Oil Massage
Shinagawa, 080-6751-9386, email. Relax with a rubdown after a hard day's work. Oil massage, foot and hand massage from a muscular masseur. Outcall only, 4pm-midnight.
Aoi Koen, the small triangular park in the north of the city, at the point where the Kamo River splits into two branches. Also along the banks of the river nearby. A well-known cruise spot for hundreds of years! Afternoon and evenings.
Kyoto Gosho, the old Imperial Palace park grounds, just west of the intersection of Kawaramachi and Marutamachi, on the south side of the garden.
Kinugasa bath house UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2013
It seems to turn very gay on 2/F and 3/F in the afternoon and after 9pm. Be discreet as it is not an exclusively gay place. Lots of fun, all ages.
Kyoto Tower Hotel
Located near the main (north) exit of Kyoto Station. When exiting the station, look for the semi-circular building to the right on the east corner of the square. Walk to this corner, then go straight ahead, crossing the road in front of you. Sauna Verde is about two thirds of the way down the next block on the right. It's in a tall, narrow building, and the name is displayed in English on a vertical neon sign outside the building. Lifts are to the right and left of the street entrance. Check-in is on 7/F. Select a shoe locker, lock your shoes inside and present your key to the desk. You're given a corresponding locker key when you pay. The bathing area and sauna are on the floor above and there is a lounge on the floor below. Below that is a semi-darkened room with bunks. Action is discreet as the place is not exclusively gay.
5/F Redeiku Bld, Sanjo Dori and Kawaramachi (northwest side), 212-9810.
MATSUYAMA (Ehime Prefecture) -- area code (81-89)
Population is a half million (that's 20,000 Utopians).
8-1 Fukuin-cho, 970-8878.
5-7-22 Daishinden, Imabari, 831-7831).
- One Up
8-1 Suwa-sakae, Yokkaichi.
- Ayanami Shoten
678 Funae-cho, Matsusaka, 0598-51-0711.
MIYAZAKI -- area code (81-98)
Population is 300,000 (that's about 12,000 Utopians).
NAGASAKI -- area code (81-95)
Population is over a half million (that's 20,000 Utopians).
NAGOYA (Aichi Prefecture) -- area code (81-52)
- Angel Life Nagoya
784-6363. AIDS/HIV outreach and education for the local gay scene.
The following two attractions are about 1.5 hours outside Nagoya in the same direction and together make for a very unique day trip.
- Meiji Mura
Take the train to Inuyama. Exit the station to the roadside stop for bus #2 (you will take bus #1 when you return). This "Disneyland of architecture" has rescued and restored more than 60 historical buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Japan opened itself to the world, and situated them in a fantasy retro landscape of steam locomotives, wooded lakes and clomping Clydesdale horses. Star among the treasures is the front fountain and lobby of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterwork, the Tokyo Imperial Hotel, lost in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Artisans have duplicated every detail, using both original surviving pieces and recreated ones from matching materials, including furniture and lamps! You can even have tea in the lobby restaurant.
- Tagata Jinja
From Inuyama Station, take the local train towards Komaki and get off at the Tagata Jinja Mae Station. Exit the station, turn left and walk to the first intersection. Cross the street, turn left and walk about about four blocks. This Shinto shrine glorifying the erect penis houses a collection of phallic carvings and objects that are the center of attraction during the annual Hounen Matsuri fertility festival each Mar 15. If you are lucky enough to visit during the festival itself, you will see a giant member, with its foreskin bunched up behind a ruddy swollen head, carved from the trunk of a cyprus tree. Weighing almost a ton, it takes a team of worshippers to carry it from a nearby hillside shrine to Tagata. Buy a wooden votive tablet etched with a manga (cartoon) dick and leave your wishes on it for good fortune. Nearby Ogata Jinja houses objects representing the female anatomy.
1-7-15 Sakae Itchome, Naka-ku (near the train station), 201-4740. 20-40yo.
265-0904, 090-3449-3014. Muscle, short hair, and older brother types. Closed Thu.
LOVER:z, Central Sakae (see map on their website), 090-4194-9722, email. The closest major intersection is Hirokoji-dori and Otsu-dori. Just minutes walk from the Citibank Sakae, the LOFT, and Maruzen. A non-profit, monthly gay and lesbian dance party on the 2nd Sat of every month in central Nagoya. Shows, not only fabulous drag queens, but various performances by men and women. Hot house music from 10pm-5am (or later). Inexpensive netry includes two drinks.
2-1 Sakurahonmachi Minami-ku, email. Gay-managed Sweden massage for men. The shop is very small, but it's a comfortable and peaceful place. They also offer outcall massage service at your place. Utopia Member Discount
Hirokoji-Dori, 541-1919. Hirokoji-Dori is one of the main streets in Nagoya. Start from the end at the Nagoya main station and walk towards Naka-ku (central district) on the right side of the street. First, locate the traffic light intersection of Hirokoji-Dori and Egawa St (a wide street perpendicular to Hirokoji-Dori and with a flyover bridge). Now, turn around and walk back to the 2nd traffic light before the Hirokoji-Dori and Egawa intersection and turn left into the small street. Then, turn left again at the 2nd intersection you come to. Immediately on your left you can see a small building with colorful and bright ad boards. Next to this small building you see a short height concrete wall painted in yellow and next to it is an entrance with a metal gate also painted in yellow and Pancrace written on it. The glass door will open automatically as you approach. A hattenba (cruising place) with three floors of facilities include shower, TV room, dark areas, private rooms, resting area with magazines and some gym equipment. There's also a 'secret' penthouse with tatami mats. Young crowd (no entry over 40yo, ID check at the door).
Population is 300,000 (that's 12,000 Utopians).
- Goose Kaikan
- Pineapple House
4/F 2-17-44 Makishi (near Kokusai Dori), +81-98-867-9952. In the heart of Naha. Sauna, bath, video rooms, and dark room. Non-English speaking staff. Standard sauna etiquette (shoe locker upon entrance, purchase ticket at machine, collect towels/robe from attendant). Mostly local Okinawans from 20's-40's.
Population is 400,000 (that's about 90,000 Utopians).
- Scar Face
8-35 Honmachi, Yamato-takada.
NARITA (Chiba Prefecture) -- area code (81-476)
Population is 120,000 (that's about 5,000 Utopians).
2/F Via19 Bld, 508 Kamicho, Narita-shi (on Omotesando St opposite Chiba Shinkin Bank Narita Branch). Friendly staff speak Japanese, English and Spanish. Happy Hour 7-9pm. DJ and dancing on weekends.
- Narita Tokyu Excel Hotel
Japanese bath and lounge. Reported to be a cruisy sauna with lots of airline crew and fun.
OKAYAMA -- area code (81-86)
Population is about 650,000 (that's about 16,000 Utopians).
1-7-24 Tamachi, 231-6332.
3-7-20 Houkan-cho, 252-0056.
1-15-14 Houkan-cho, 253-3130.
OSAKA -- area code (81-6)
SAPPORO (Hokkaido) -- area code (81-11)
Sapporo is Japan's 5th largest city. Its population is nearing 2 million (that's about 80,000 Utopians).
Maps for gay bars, shops, and saunas may be found free at gay venues.
- Buena Vista
2/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 561-6122.
- BVLGARI HOMME
4/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 512-5215.
- Club Nostalgie
2/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 512-8350.
B/1 New Keiwa Bld, South 5 West 6, Chuo-ku, 531-7278.
3/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 512-9389.
8/F 5.6 Bld, South 5 West 6, Chuo-ku, 533-7688.
2/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 562-4005.
- Diamond Dust
2/F No.6 Asahi Kanko Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 512-0453.
3/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 531-1944.
2/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 511-8727.
1/F Shinko Kaihatsu Bld, South 6 West 7, Chuo-ku, 530-6022.
2/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 532-8131.
- Le Club
1/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 532-9694.
2/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 552-5808.
2/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku.
3/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 530-6336.
5/F S.A. Bld, South 6 West 6, Chuo-ku, 511-2876.
- BIC Camera, 2/F facilities
- Odori Park, West 11-12
- Spa at Gateau Kingdom
- Yuraku Cinema South 5, West 3, Chuo-ku
8-3, South 6 West 8, Chuo-ku, 551-5630.
1, North 5, West 9, Chuo-ku, 281-1625.
- Men's House Zoo Sapporo
2/F Minami 7.6 Bld, South 7 West 6, Chuo-ku, 513-1566.
2/F HBN Bld, South 5 West 6, Chuo-ku, 561-2048.
2/F of Miyakoshiya Coffee, South 5 West 5, Chuo-ku, 531-1168.
SENDAI (Miyage Prefecture) -- area code (81-522)
Population is about 1 million (that's about 40,000 Utopians).
Honki Talk UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2012
3/F Ha-chin Bld, 10-2 Kokubun-cho Nichome (near Smile Hotel on the Ichiban-cho gallery), 02-2211-1512. On G/F is a Chinese restaurant. A small, nice gay bar with good cocktails and some home made dishes. The owner speaks a little English and is very friendly.
2/F Ichibancho Mansion, 1-14-2 Ichibancho, Aoba-ku, 262-7580. 20-35yo, some muscle. Closed Sun.
TAKAMATSU (Kagawa Prefecture)-- area code (81-87)
Population is over 300,000 (that's about 12,000 Utopians).
- Business Inn Rakuen
7-5 Marunouchi, 851-0469.
6-8 Imashin-machi, 821-0770
Population is over 270,000 (that's about 11,000 Utopians).
TOKYO -- area code (81-3)
Population is over 150,000 (that's about 6,000 Utopians).
Population is 400,000 (that's about 16,000 Utopians).
2-23 Kitahama, Nachi-Katsuura.
Population is about 150,000 (that's about 6,000 Utopians).
YOKOHAMA (Kanagawa)-- area code (81-45)
Population is 3.5 million (that's 140,000 Utopians).
- Sea Paradise
2/F Maeda Bld, 2-28 Miyagawa-cho, 243-2467.
2/F 2-71 Nagocho, 253-3986.
URBANO UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2014
10F B SK Bld, 3-16-15 ShinYokohama, 045-548-4705, email. Music-oriented gay bar for art enthusiasts, music lovers and everyone else looking for some fun around Shinyokohama. Small and cozy with NYC inspired decoration. Fresh new music is rotated daily by three different curators. Original cocktails, Brazilian style smoothie cocktails, fresh fruit Caipirinhas, a huge selection of exclusive shot drinks, and a wine list as well. Delicious Italian/Brazilian foods and appetizers. Utopia Member Discount
- Massage for Man
046-778-9288, email. Gay-owned. Various types of massage are offered: shiatsu, Swedish massage, oil massage, muscle relaxing massage, foot massage, etc. In-home, office, or hotel. Gay-owned. Utopia Member Discount
Basic Massage UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2015
080-4321-8188, email. Outcall massage service in Yokohama/Yokosuka/Tokyo area.
- Free Man
2/F Nakamura Bld #203 (next door to Books Rose), 1-21 Hanasaki-cho, Naka-ku, 242-0721 (only Japanese spoken). New and used gay videos and gifts.
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