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Travel & Resources: TOKYO
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TOKYO -- area code +81-3

General Information

    Flat-lined economically for over two decades, Tokyo has seen much of its high-life luster worn away. Revealed beneath is a more friendly, welcoming, and relatively inexpensive holiday destination overflowing with superlative experiences for the senses.

    Shunjuku Rainbow Matsuri Balloon Release (c) 2015 by John C. Goss

    There are many positive changes resulting from the doldrums. Bars are more mixed and friendly for foreign visitors (they need your business). English signage is now in common use, even on drink menus. With falling rental rates, savvy club owners have taken over neighboring venues, doubling or tripling the size of their formerly miniature premises. Open air concepts and corner bars spill customers out into the streets in the Shinjuku Ni-chome gayborhood.

    Shunjuku Rainbow Matsuri Dragon Tattoo (c) 2015 by John C. Goss

    With prices having barely risen over the last 20 years and no tipping, Tokyo has become more affordable than New York, London, Paris or Los Angeles! Taxis, once pure luxury rides -- with their lace doilies and white-gloved drivers who open the door for you -- have become affordable, comfortable alternatives to packed trains. Any tourist in their right mind should take advantage of this golden opportunity to discover the world wonders in the heart of this fascinating and friendlier-than-ever Imperial city. Tokyo may never be this cheap again!

    Shunjuku Rainbow Matsuri Cosplay (c) 2015 by John C. Goss

    You'll easily make friends using popular smart apps like 9 Monsters, Planet Romeo, Jack'd, and Blue'd. 9 Monsters and WeChat both built in excellent Japanese/English translation into their chat functions, opening the way for better (and hotter) intercultural exchanges.

    The population of Tokyo is over 37 million (that's nearly 1.5 million Utopians!).


Travel Services

  • Tokyo 'Pink' Bar Crawl UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2020
      Shinjuku Ni-chome
      080-4032-3285, email

      Gay and lesbian-friendly tours for visitors looking to go out and party in Tokyo's gay district, Shinjuku Ni-chome. The tour visits 3-4 bars, then a club at the end of the night, and provides a free shot/drink at each venue. The Bar Crawl aims to bring like-minded people together and help them enjoy the best that gay Tokyo has to offer.
      Utopia Member Benefit: Y$500 DISCOUNT off each ticket purchased.
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    • Las Chicas


      The easiest way to get to the gay area is to take the underground walkway from Shinjuku Station's East Exit (down one floor after the train exit ticket machines) or the Shinjuku Sanchome Subway Station (Marunouichi Line) to Exit C5, C7, or C8 (see map):

click for our interactive map of Shinjuku Ni-Chome

    • Bistro Bleu UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2018
        Shinjuku San-Chome, Utopia Map

        Excellent modern bistro with fine dining at a reasonable price and just two blocks from the gayborhood. Roasted game and premium meats, house-baked breads, hearty vegetables, fine wines and spirits. Top-notch, friendly staff. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Mon.
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    • Cocolo UTOPIA VISITED APR 2017

    • Funabashiya (tempura)
        3-28-4 Shinjuku San-Chome

        Located mid way between Shinjuku Station and Ni-Chome, south of Shinjuku-dori. This famous restraurant specializes in tempura of all sorts. Sit at the counter and watch the flame-retardant chefs do their crispy business. Order a set (vegentables, shrimp, etc.) which comes with salad, rice, miso soup, and tea.
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      Also, here's a great guide to restaurants around Ni-Chome: Shinjuku East Restaurants


    • Kazu
        2/F Dai-Ni Kohei Bld, 3-34-22 Nakano

        Nice and friendly gay restaurant in Nakano (lots of gays live in this neighborhood as evidenced in the local Tipness Gym). Very good home cooking by owner Kazuhiko. A nice, drop-in feeling here.
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    • News Cafe UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2022
        #401 Hachikou Bld, 2-9-11 Jiyugaoka

        A lovely LGBT-owned cafe in Jiyugaoka. Racchi is a terrific cook and makes both veggie and meat dishes. Closed Tue and Wed.
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    • Tha Chang (Thai food)
        3-27 Wakabacho (between Mami Mart and ENEOS), Kashiwa, Chiba

        Gay-owned "Thai resort style" restaurant in Chiba prefecture. 12 minutes walk from the east gate of Kashiwa JR Station. Popular among local Utopians. Reservations recommended. Open for lunch 11:30-15:00 and dinner 17:00-25:00.
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Saunas and Hattenba


Harajuku teen fashion paradise and claustrophobe hell. Photo (c) 2012 by John Goss
    • Harajuku UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2015
        Utopia Map

        Teen fashion heaven and claustrophobe hell. Part alive-action anime, part Turkish bazaar. Lots of hair dye, French maid and Alice in Wonderland outfits, mobile phone thumbing, and American pop culture. This mini-Melrose alley is worth a stroll down just to see hundreds of boy band wannabes and gothic-Lolita waifs who subsist on whip-cream crepes and Makudonarudo fries.
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Nakano Broadway, cult hobbiest and otaku shopping mall. Photo (c) 2012 by John Goss
    • Nakano Broadway UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2015, UTOPIA VISITED MAR 2012
        Nakano, Utopia Map

        This densely packed shopping mall is host to many dozens of tiny specialty shops catering to a wide variety of cult collecting manias, from mid-century J-pop culture, movie posters, manga (comics), vintage clothing, model trains, and massage from young women dressed in gothic-Lolita costumes in a kindergarden play environment. Easy to get to by train - just a few stops from Shinjuku Station. Lots of food choices as well. Plus, a constant parade of geeky otaku (ardent maniac fans). Nakano neighborhood is also heavily populated by gay men.
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    • Free Man UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2012

    • Lumiere UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2018

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