They say that behind every stoic Japanese businessman face there is a secret. The Japanese often refer to "honne tatemae," which loosely translates to something along the lines of keeping the publicly acceptable face forward, and the true face within. This, combined with Japanese culture's general disdain for public affection, might make Tokyo seem to not have as vibrant an LGBT presence as you might expect. Worry not: In a city as big as Tokyo, there is of course a thriving gay scene – if you know where to look.
Tonight, you'll not only see Japan's largest gayborhood, Shinjuku 2-chome, but also Asakusa in the evening. You'll also get a solid primer in Japanese gay society, both past and present. We'll stop along the way for some yakitori (vegetarian options available too), and a couple of drinks too. Get ready for a well-rounded adventure into the heart of homosexuality in Japan, led by a friendly Japanese guide who knows firsthand what it means to be gay in Japan.
Even though this in an LGBT-oriented tour, you are welcome to join regardless of how you identify!
Know Before You Book
Minimum age to participate is 18, but Japan's drinking age is 20.
What is included in the tour
- Two drinks (one at each establishment we visit)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Subway fare from Asakusa to Shinjuku (270 yen)
- Explore Asakusa at night, but with an LGBT educational bent
- See a rainbow of sights in the gaymous Shinjuku 2-Chome
- Enjoy Yakitori and beer (or something else to your liking)
- Have another drink at a casual LGBT neighborhood bar
- Get a primer on what being LGBT in Japan is like