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TOKYO: Saunas and Hatteneba
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Saunas and Hattenba

      Saunas in Japan often function as over-night hotels when city trains stop after midnight. Expect night-long symphonies of snoring and moaning. When you enter, remove your shoes carefully (do NOT step on the carpet with your dirty shoes). Small coin lockers are provided in the entryway to store them. Remember the number of the coin locker as you may have to announce this in Japanese to get your key back when you leave (choose a number that you can easily remember). There is usually a ticket dispensing machine next to the attendant window. Give your ticket and the shoe locker key to the attendant who will trade both for a robe, washcloth and a separate key for your clothes locker (the locker number will be the same as your shoe locker). Private rooms are also available at a higher price. Park your things in the clothes locker and use a mix (communal) room for resting and cruising. Saunas all feature large, clean bathing facilities (wash at the squat stools or standing showers BEFORE going into the hot pool or steam room), a snack/TV/smoking room, video rooms, and multiple dimly lit mix rooms with futons, pillows, and covers. Robes are provided and almost universally worn (not so for condoms, so bring a supply of your own). You can either wander around, watching events unfold before your eyes, or lie down and wait for someone who fancies you to approach (please do not chase or pester Japanese who try to avoid you). Since privacy in this land of paper walls is inside one's own head, you will undoubtedly witness some mind-blowing tableaus.

      Hattenba, cruising spaces or "boxes" are smaller mix rooms, video cubicles or clubs with minimal bathing facilities. It has become trendy for gay men to set these places up in apartments in the suburban areas, sometimes with sheets hung to create "rooms," with a VCR playing videos and ubiquitous tissue boxes scattered about. Hattenba will often have themed days (Mon for torn jock straps, Tue for Speedos, Wed is all-nude, etc.). These amateur clubs have become a popular addition to Japan's gay scene spectrum.


    • 24 Kaikan (Ni-Yon Kaikan) UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2020
        2-29-16 Taito-ku

        Facing out from the front of the Asakusa Prince Hotel, locate the Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park rides in the neighborhood opposite, near the Senso-ji Temple. Cross the road and take the lane circling around the left side of this amusement park. 24 sauna is located at the rear, in this lane. Look for the sign with "24" on it. This is the first, and oldest, branch of the 24 chain. It has an older and frequently tattooed clientele, but it's definitely an interesting experience. Same basic format as the other saunas listed below. Foreigners are welcome, though not common. Mix rooms are not very clean and the place is a bit shabby now compared to the newer Ueno facility. The steam room and semi-private showers are quite cruisy. Friendly, and plenty of fun during the night, some of it a bit kinky. Patrons are mostly uncles, mature men and their fans.
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    • Jinya UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2023
        2-30-19 Toshima-ku, Ikebukuro Ni-Chome, Utopia Map

        Small, unpretentious, and clean gay sauna and inn. It has always welcomed foreigners (open since 1973!) and so it also attracts gaisen (guys who like foreigners). From Ikebukuro Station, travel west underground to Exit C1. Walk ahead four more blocks and look for the Jinya sign on an electric pole (there are visible signs like this pointing to Jinya all over the neighborhood). If the underground passageway is closed, exit the Station from the escalators leading up to the main West entrance. Walk directly perpendicular from the Station, along the main road, about 10 blocks. Turn right and follow the crooked alley for three blocks. Jinya is on the left, just before the main road. Enter and remove your shoes, put them into a shoe locker (free) and get an entry ticket from the dispensing machine (still Y$2,200. at this update). Five mix rooms, the one in B/F plays gay videos before sleeping hours. Zen mappadaka (nude sunbathing) is allowed on the roof in good weather. Nice, hot Japanese style bath and small dry sauna room in B/F (bath closes for cleaning from 11:00-15:00 daily, so be sure to bathe before 10am if you've stayed the night). They also have more expensive private rooms, but the fun happens in the communal rooms, especially after midnight when the trains stop running and tipsy gay businessmen book in for the night.
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      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):

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    • 24 Kaikan (Ni-Yon Kaikan) UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2024
        2/F 2-13-1 Shinjuku Ni-Chome, Utopia Map

        The most international and convenient branch of this popular gay sauna/inn chain, right in the heart of the gay nightlife area. It attracts the bar crowd who come here to overnight, expats and visitors. Signage in English and staff speak basic English. When you arrive, take off your shoes and put a Y$10 coin into the locker slot to take the key. Buy your entry ticket, which allows a maximum 12-hour stay, from the vending machine. Then, give your key and ticket to the counter staff to exchange for a locker key and a bag consisting of a robe, face and bath towel. They will ask your name and, if you are staying overnight, may request to see your passport. Crowded, and there's something for everyone here and it's easy to have multiple encounters. beautiful wet area with showers, baths, sling room, rain mist room and steam room on 3/F. 4/F and above feature a variety of video rooms, mix rooms with futon and bunk beds, private rooms and sun roof. Safety supplies available at reception. Crowd is a mix of younger and mid-aged Japanese, with foreigners of all ages and body types.
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    • Deep Throat Men UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2024
        3/F Wakatsuki Bld, 2-chome, 45 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Utopia Map

        A minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku Station north exit. Gay hattenba for gay and bi bj lovers over 20yo. Foreigners welome and staff speak English.
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    • Men's Club MEAT UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2020
        1-13-4 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Utopia Map
        03-6873-4754, 4657-4276, email

        Safe sex club for masculine, gym fit, short-haired men in their 20s-40s only. A minute's walk from Shinjukugyoemmae Station. Come and relax with new friends, enjoy all-you-can-drink beverages, and have some hot fun. Check out their website for theme nights. You can also visit after the last trains have stopped running. Five minutes away from the gay bars in Ni-chome. Mon-Fri are "all naked" days (you must cover your privates with your hand when walking around); Sat/Sun jock straps are allowed. Open Mon-Fri 3pm-10pm (9:30pm last entry); Sat 1pm-10pm 9:30pm last entry); Sun noon-9pm 8:30pm last entry). Closed on select days during New Years celebrations.
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    • 24 Kaikan (Ni-Yon Kaikan) UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2023
        Showa Do-ri, Utopia Map

        From Ueno Station's large atrium, take the central main exit east and climb up to the elevated pedestrian walkway. You will see a large orange and gold sculpture in the center and Mitsui Garden Hotel beyond that. Take the walkway past the sculpture and down to street level on the other side of the elevated highway and walk in the direction of Mitsui Garden Hotel which you will pass on your right side. From this point keep walking straight ahead on Showa Do-ri, beneath the elevated highway, for 6 large city blocks (not counting the small alleyways mid-block), about 10 minutes. Along the way you will pass ComeCome, UPC Ride On, Tackleberry and just after the 6th block you will see a 7/11 Seven & i Holdings sign. Just beyond is the 24 sign in yellow and the entrance is around the corner to the right, up the stars next to the parking garage. Alternatively, you can also take the Hibiya Subway to Iriya Station, Exit 1 and walk along Showa Do-ri towards Ueno Station). English spoken and signs and announcements here are in English and Japanese. Note that the shoe lockers have two kinds of keys: the red keys are for expensive, private rooms, the white keys for a standard locker (around Y$2,400 yen before 9pm for 12 hours of use; Y$2,800 after 9pm for 14 hours). Take your shoes off before stepping onto the carpet. Put your shoes in a locker, add a 10 yen coin, close the door and remove the key. Use the vending machine for your entry ticket. Give the attendant your ticket and shoe locker key. The attendant will ask for your name and give you a plastic bag with your towels and robe, as well as a wristband with your locker key. Be sure to return all towels and robe in this same plastic bag when you leave. Lockers are on 3/F, bathing facilties on 4/F (including different temperature pools, rain mist room, showers with glory holes and steam room). 5/F and above feature video rooms, mix (communal) rooms and cruise spaces, private rooms, a gym on 10/F, and rooftop sunbathing. Crowd here is mostly mid-aged 30+, short hair, beards, bears, chubs and G-men type (masculine), though there are some younger, thinner and non-bear chasers as well. Note the Zen koan-like sign which admonishes "no hair dyeing or gum chewing." On the bathing floor, leave your robe or towel in any cubbyhole outside the wet area and carry your washcloth (remember, wash first in the showers or at the soaping stools before entering the relaxing tubs).
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Very clean facilities. Their cleaners disinfect the common areas regularly. I had much fun here with Japanese and Australian daddies." -- Vergel, Aug 2, 2023

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    • Rokuten UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2024
        4/F Okuo Bld, 1-chome-3-7 Kajicho, Chiyoda City

        A bar/cruising hattenba for fundoshi (Japanese loin cloth) lovers where you can drink (on 4/F) and enjoy physical activities (on 5/F). Rent a fundoshi if you don't have one (no other clothing allowed). Facilities include lockers, lounge, shower, toilet, private room, mix room, terrace (only in summer). Free towel, lube, condoms, and Wi-Fi. Friendly for foreigners who want to experience fundoshi appreciation. Check their website for hours and special events.
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