Experiences that move away from the traditional tourist traps always get a yes from us - and this tour, which visits the lesser-known nooks and crannies in two of Tokyo’s busiest neighbourhoods, is one of our favourites. Beyond the unique venues and discoveries, the highlights of this tour lies in its contents. Guided by a local pro, this tour tells the stories of the LGBTQIA+ community here in Japan that sometimes don’t get a mention - or otherwise aren’t listened to. It’s part history lesson, part bar crawl and all-round good time. From start to finish, you and the group will be captivated by this evening jaunt through Tokyo’s key LGBTQIA+ neighbourhoods.
About your guide
Pinpoint Traveler know how to craft good tours and they’ve got a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence to prove it. Whether it’s in Osaka or Tokyo, the team aim to share parts of Japan’s history and culture that you may otherwise miss.
Here’s the plan…
Meet your guide in Asakusa. The first neighbourhood of the tour is a popular stomping ground for Tokyo’s older gay community. Your guide will fill you in on their day-to-day, reveal a few popular local hang-outs, and explain what life was like for LGBTQIA+ people in Japan, both then and now. While there has definitely been progress, your guide will fill you in on Japanese culture today and the pitfalls and struggles that those in the LGBTQIA+ community still face. You’ll also walk through the glorious streets of Asakusa and take in the temples and the general comings and goings of one of Tokyo’s famed neighbourhoods.
Then, it’s time for a change of pace. A quick subway ride and you’ll find yourself in Shinjuku - a thriving, busy neighbourhood known for its killer nightlife. Today the area is considered the contemporary capital of gay Japan, with many flocking to the bars and clubs here. After stopping at a bar for a local Japanese dinner, you’ll be led through the nooks and crannies of the area and see the pumping venues that celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Your tour ends with a drink at one of these spots.
Meet your guide outside the Kamiya bar, near Asakusa station (1 Chome-1-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan).
You cover a lot of ground on this tour, and your evening will finish up near the Shinjuku 3-Chome Station. From there, your guide will help you get to where you want to go next.
The confirmation voucher includes the Pinpoint Traveler team’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 48 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.
Good news! You won’t need to print a copy of your booking confirmation voucher for this experience. Instead, you can show your voucher on your smartphone or other device.
This tour starts bang on time, so do your best to arrive to the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour’s due to kick off.
This tour caters for vegetarians as well as meat-eaters - just make sure you let the Pinpoint Traveler team know your dietary requirements in advance, rather than on the day.
Organise a babysitter guys, this tour is not available for little ones. Everyone over the age of 18 is welcome. Japan's minimum drinking age is 20 years, just FYI.