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Gateway into Tokyo LGBT

Shinjuku, Japan

Experience hosted by Naoki

60 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes drinks

What you'll do

Shinjuku Nichome is the biggest LGBT town in Japan, with over 300 gay bars, so it's not easy to know where to start.
We recommend this experience to everyone who wants to enjoy Nichome's local bars, especially people who are coming to Nichome for the first time! I know it's hard to take the first step into local bars here, especially when traveling on your own. But when we all go together, we can have a great time, and get to know each other!
Before we head into the bar included in the tour, I'll introduce the history of Nichome and some of my favorite bars. That way, we can enjoy Nichome more after knowing what kind of town it is, as one of the most unique LGBT landmarks in the world.
Let's share a fun first night in Nichome!!

This experience includes only one bar. I also provide an experience including two LGBT bars, take a look if you are interested!
You can check it out here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/86525
NOTE: Please be aware that this experience may overlap with the two bar 'Discover' experience. In that case, you will visit the second of the two bars, and meet the guests from that experience - I'll be there to help break the ice!
Other things to note
Please note that either me or my partner Kevin will be your guide for the night.
Shinjuku Nichome is the biggest LGBT town in Japan, with over 300 gay bars, so it's not easy to know where to start.
We recommend this experience to everyone who wants to enjoy Nichome's local bars, especially people who are coming to Nichome for the first time! I know it's hard to take the first step into local bars here, especially when traveling on your own. But when we all go together, we can have a great time, and get to know each other…

What's included

  • Drinks
    One drink at the bar we visit

Meet your host, Naoki

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 13 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I’m currently 8 years student in university, researching sexuality and gender studies. I have been doing an LGBT tour for 2 years, and have been exploring the LGBT districts of Tokyo for 5 years. So we are professionals of LGBT areas haha. I started visiting Nichome for university fieldwork. After drinking at Nichome, I found that there was nowhere else that I could laugh and enjoy the night so much. As for the results of my research, please let me help you to enjoy the clubs we love here and party with local people!
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Where you'll be

First, I'll show you around the town, so you can get a sense of what Nichome is about as one of the most significant LGBT landmarks in Asia. Then, we'll visit a deep Nichome local bar, so you can get a sense of what the town is really like. Last, I'll give you suggestions for how to enjoy Nichome on your own.
Max
May 2019
Super interesting and fun experience!! Highly recommended if you want to make like minded friends, definitely helped me feel more comfortable on my first solo trip
Joe
April 2019
The description made it seem like i was going to three different bars, but by the time I was picked up apparently I was only joining for the third and final bar of an existing tour, which was very disappointing.
Giselle
April 2019
This was fun experience. The tour took us into areas we wouldnt have been able to go on our own. I highly recommend this experience.
Ekaterina
April 2019
I'm so glad I booked this tour!! Incredibly fun experience. Naoki and Kevin are both so friendly and knowledgeable, I learned a lot of interesting facts about Nichome and Japanese LGBT culture and had a wonderful time! Thank you guys!!
Nick
April 2019
Amazing experience. Naoki has such a warm and infectious personality and is a brilliant host. We had a great group and a really fun evening. Highly recommend.
Jonny
April 2019
I absolutely loved this experience! Naoki showed us a side to the gay scene in Tokyo that I wouldn’t have been able to access otherwise. We went into tiny, hidden bars and he shared with some really helpful context and personal stories that really made me appreciate the space.
I absolutely loved this experience! Naoki showed us a side to the gay scene in Tokyo that I wouldn’t have been able to access otherwise. We went into tiny, hidden bars and he share…

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.