discovering gay tokyo resources
HOSHINOYA Tokyo, 1-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku. The only luxury ryokan in Tokyo. Rooftop salt-water natural hot spring, basement French fusion restaurant. Rooms start just over $650. per room, per night. www.hoshinoyatokyo.com
The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, 1-2 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku. New, modern hotel with an amazing spa, hopping bar, endless views, and new tech gadgets. The hotel opened last July and is a member of SPG’s Luxury Collection. Rooms start just over $450. per night. www.princehotels.com/en/kioicho
Shinjuku Prince Hotel 1-30-1 Kabuki-cho, Shinjukuku. Budget hotel with a great location, right by the Shinjuku gayborhood. Guest rooms start at $129. per night. www.princehotels.com/shinjuku/
Trunk Hotel, 5-31 Jinguumae Shibuya-ku. Opened May 2017, with a concept focused on “socializing” and “localization.” Trunk hosts the Out in Japan photo series. Rooms start just over $270. per night. www.trunk-hotel.com
AiSOTOPE Lounge, 2-12-16 Shinjuku, Shinjukuku. Dance club and drag performance venue. Twitter: @aisotope_lounge
Bar Goldfinger, 2-12-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Host of Tokyo’s largest lesbian parties. Women only on Saturdays. Accessible ground-floor location. www.goldfingerparty.com
Bridge, 6F, Sensho Bldg., 2-13-16, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Cozy gay bar with quiet outdoor patio. Few foreigners. Twitter: @gaybarbridge.
Eagle Tokyo, 2-12-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Ground-floor gay bar with an international crowd. Divey. www.eagletokyo.com
Good Aging Yells, a Tokyo-based non-profit organization that organizes a range of programs for the LGBT community such as “Work with Pride,” an annual conference on workplace equality and equality index. Good Aging Yells has also just announced a new program to be unveiled in 2020 called Pride House Tokyo, pop-up information centers that promote the understanding of LGBT and other sexual minorities and serve as spaces that welcome LGBT athletes, their allies, families, and fans. www.goodagingyells.net
Le Quine Guine, 5-10-5, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Members only. Hire a guide or make a friend who knows the owner to get in.
Out in Japan is an LGBT photo project that aims to collect 10,000 LGBT portraits by 2020. www.outinjapan.com
Tokyo Rainbow Pride is scheduled for May 5-6, 2018, with a preceding week of events called “Rainbow Week.” Activities include a parade, parties, lectures, exhibitions, and workshops. www.tokyorainbowpride.com
Usagi, 4F Ebina Bldg., 2-10-2, Shinjuku. Gay sake bar with fewer than ten seats. The owner stocks exclusive sakes like “Le K Voyage,” and changes the plants on the outdoor patio 6 times a year. Closed Mondays. firstname.lastname@example.org
Irodori, 2-14-17 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Thai fusion restaurant serving dinner. Owned by Fumino, the Co-Director of Tokyo Rainbow Pride. Host for many LGBT parties, and downstairs from the LGBT community center called “Colorful Station.”
Kanva, 3-8-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Gay-owned restaurant serving food from the Tanba region of Japan, such as miso-marinated fried chicken and Tanba yamabuki egg. The owner has asked all customers to be accompanied by at least one Japanese speaker or to book through an Out Asia Travel tour.
Kosoan, 1-24-23, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku. A classic tea house with tatami mats and an immaculate garden courtyard. www.kosoan.co.jp
Revive Kitchen THREE Aoyama, Three Aoyama 2F, 3-12-13 Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku. Gluten-free meals with cold-pressed juices for the skinny girls. www.aoyama.threecosmetics.com/dining-menu
Teyandei, 2-20-1 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku. A modern take on the traditional Okinawan Lizakaya. Though Teyandei has nine locations around Tokyo, you’ll need to book in advance to get a seat. www.teyandei.com
Yakitori Miyashin, Tokyo Ginza corridor-gai 2F, 7-2, Ginza, Chuo-ku. Skewered meat and vegetables grilled over a charcoal fire in this bustling and old-fashioned yakitori joint. They source their meat directly from farmers in Fukushima, and use the whole chicken. Just two spices are used: salt and yakitori tare (sweet soy sauce).
Yakumo Saryo, 3-4-7 Yakumo, Meguro-ku. Multicourse kaiseki reimagined by the genius of Shinichiro Oata. www.yakumosaryo.jp
YONA YONA BEER WORKS, TOKYU PLAZA AKASAKA 2F, 2-14-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku. Relaxed spot for craft beer and Japanese bar food. I recommend making a reservation for the “fully private room” at the Akasaka location, which has its own in-room beer tap. www.yonayonabeerworks.com/akasaka
ART & CULTURE
Eitaro, the male geisha. Book Eitaro to perform for your own private event by e-mailing email@example.com. He will make a reservation for a private room at a traditional kaiseki restaurant, then spend the evening with you, along with one of his English-speaking colleagues (all female). They will perform traditional, seasonal songs and lead you in a variety of games between courses. www.vin-de.sakura.ne.jp
Ken Nakahashi Gallery, 3-1-32, 5F, Shinjuku-ku. Gay-owned independent gallery featuring contemporary paintings, installations, and photographs. www.kennakahashi.net
Nezu Museum, 6-5-1 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku. Premodern East Asian art. Seeing the architecture of the building alone is worth a trip. www.nezu-muse.or.jp
Salon de Shintaro, 8-6-24 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Like many other geisha lounges in Tokyo, the Salon de Shintaro is “members only.” Passport readers may gain admittance into Salon de Shintaro if you make a booking in advance with Monika (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cite the magazine. www.shintaro.me
Harajuku Gold’s Gym, 6-31-17 Jingumae. The city’s most popular gym for gay men. www.goldsgym.com/harajukutokyojp
Tom Yoga, yoga instructor. Tom is gay and he teaches yoga classes in English. Book him for a private class via email@example.com, or join him at one of his studios (schedule on his website). tomyoga.namaste.jp
GOTOKYO.ORG provides information for travelers visiting Tokyo in multiple languages, including English, French, and German. Their “Tokyo by Seasons” section shares information about cherry blossoms, fireworks, and seasonal delicacies. We recommend that you reference their website before you go for more information on transportation (including information on how to get to Tokyo’s surrounding islands), and to see what events and festivals may be happening during your visit. GoTokyo.org is an initiative sponsored by the Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has created a new logo and slogan, “Tokyo Tokyo Old meets New” “Old meets New” highlights how “traditions dating back to the Edo period coexist alongside the cutting edge culture of today.” www.tokyotokyo.jp