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Discover LGBT nightlife in Shinjuku

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 134 reviews.Tokyo, Japan

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Experience hosted by Naoki

2.5 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

On this experience, we'll show you the lifestyle of real Japanese LGBT people, and you'll see the nightlife through the eyes of the locals who love this area.

Nichome is one of Asia's largest gay towns with over 400 LGBTQ bars.
With so many choices, it's difficult for first-time visitors to know where to go.
But first, all you need is Kanpai!! (cheers!!)
Let's go to a small local bar that's a representative of the Nichome bar style that Japanese locals usually visit. Then, you can meet the bar master and other guests there and feel the warm and open environment here. Unlike bars in other countries, Japanese LGBT bars are small, intimate spaces where we can communicate and get to know each other easily.

Next, I'll show you around the town so you can get a sense of where the locals go, and understand Nichome as your own. For the next two bars, we can decide on which spots to visit based on what you all want to do that night. There are so many choices here, but that means there is something for everyone here, and I will only take you to bars that I enjoy and usually visit when I come to Nichome, so no matter where we go, just know that you can feel the real LGBT heart in Tokyo there.

[Want to join in but don't see a date listed?Just send me a message and we can discuss plans! Very flexible]
On this experience, we'll show you the lifestyle of real Japanese LGBT people, and you'll see the nightlife through the eyes of the locals who love this area.

Nichome is one of Asia's largest gay towns with over 400 LGBTQ bars.
With so many choices, it's difficult for first-time visitors to know where to go.
But first, all you need is Kanpai!! (cheers!!)
Let's go to a small local bar that's a representative of the Nicho…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Not include drinks.
From £69
/ person
Thu, 1 Oct
20:00 - 22:30
£69 per person
£69 per person
Fri, 2 Oct
20:00 - 22:30
£69 per person
£69 per person
Sat, 3 Oct
20:00 - 22:30
£69 per person
£69 per person

Meet your host, Naoki

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 134 Reviews
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Hi! I want you to know the real LGBT lifestyle in Tokyo! As a gay man, I love this district more than any other. There are over 400 LGBT bars in Nichome, and as a regular in Nichome, I want to show you my top picks. I want you to join and feel at home with us! Outside of Nichome, most Japanese people do not show their LGBT side, but here we can be open to you and show our real hearts, so please come inside and let's get to know each other :)

I’m currently 8 years student in university, researching sexuality and gender studies. I have been visiting Nichome for five years, and I also came here to research the area and culture for my university fieldwork, so I got to know deep bars and real culture in Nichome even more.
Hi! I want you to know the real LGBT lifestyle in Tokyo! As a gay man, I love this district more than any other. There are over 400 LGBT bars in Nichome, and as a regular in Nichome, I want to show you my top picks. I want you to join and feel at home with us! Outside of Nichome, most Japanese people do not show their LGBT side, but here we can be open to you and show our real hearts, so please come inside and let's get to know each other :)

I’m currently 8 years student in university…
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Where you'll be

We'll go to three different kinds of bars on this experience. Each of the bars I include are deep and local, and not easy for tourists to visit on their own. My tour is very flexible, so I will choose the bars based on the preferences of my guests. I want to show you your ideal Nichome!

PS. Even though I am a handsome man, I am friends with many lesbian bars here, so I am happy to have guests of all genders, and please don't hesitate to come!!

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 134 reviews.

Scott
March 2020
We had a great time touring ni-chome with Naoki. He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the hat scene in Shinjuku. I would advise to come prepared with the kinds of bars you'd like to visit. There are hundreds of miniscule bars in ni-chome and Naoki is happy to customize based on your interests. I'd recommend this tour to anyone looking for deeper insight into gay Tokyo.
We had a great time touring ni-chome with Naoki. He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the hat scene in Shinjuku. I would advise to come prepared with the kinds of bar…
David
February 2020
Naoki's tour was fantastic and we highly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience Tokyo's gay area. He was extremely funny and outgoing and we had such a fun time with him!
Cliff
November 2019
Naoki was so welcoming and friendly. The tour was amazing and not something we would have been able to do on our own. We were given opportunities to personalise the tour to suit the preferences of the group. I would highly recommend Naoki’s experience.
Naoki was so welcoming and friendly. The tour was amazing and not something we would have been able to do on our own. We were given opportunities to personalise the tour to suit th…
Joel
November 2019
Naoki is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about LGBT culture in Japan. I would highly recommend this experience, my partner and I would not have been able to do this on our own.
기쁨
November 2019
韓国人女性二人参加しました。 ナオキさん、とても親切で優しくて、なんでも答えてくれました。 本当に忘れられない思い出を作りました。ぜひお勧めします!
Ekaterina
October 2019
I had an absolutely amazing evening thanks to Naoki! I’ve learnt a lot about Japanese lgbt culture, Naoki is very knowledgeable and well prepared, he told about history as well as current state of things. He also showed some incredible places I would have never found out by myself. And eventually he introduced me to some of the loveliest kindest funniest people I met in my life! It’s an evening I will remember!
I had an absolutely amazing evening thanks to Naoki! I’ve learnt a lot about Japanese lgbt culture, Naoki is very knowledgeable and well prepared, he told about history as well as…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 20 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

In case you choose to order more drinks, or in the case that we visit other bars not included in the standard excursion, separate charge and drink fees will apply.

What to bring

Cash for drinks (3000 to 4000yen)