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Tokyo is one of Asia’s gay capitals and there are awesome gay venues spread throughout the city, but the uncontested gay area in town is Shinjuku Ni-chome. This gay village east of Shinjuku Station has over 300 bars, clubs, and cruise bars, and is an unmissable stop for gay visitors to Japan.
Most hotels in Tokyo could be described a gay-friendly. Culturally Japan has no religious hostility towards homosexuality, and same-sex sexual activity has been legal for over 130 years. But while Japan may be culturally accepting legally same-sex marriage, equality laws are still lacking in the country. Tokyo city has made some positive steps in legalizing same-sex partnerships, providing some limited marriage benefits.
The hotels recommended on this list are located in Shinjuku, central Tokyo. Home to Tokyo’s entertainment district and also the city’s largest concentration of LGBT venues.
Many gay travelers who want to party choose to stay near Shinjuku Ni-Chome, the center of Tokyo’s gay scene. Shinjuku is well connected to the rest of Tokyo with three metro stations and Shinjuku station, the world’s busiest railway station.
All of the gay-friendly hotels in this list are within walking distance of Ni-Chome, although the higher-end ones tend to be a bit further away. Look out for hotels in Kabukicho, Tokyo’s infamous red-light district, which is just a short 10-minute walk from Ni-chome.
If you are staying at one of the hotels within the Shinjuku wider gayborhood, you should be able to reach the main gay nightlife within a 15-25 minute walk.
♥ Located in the Ni-chome gay village
♥ Excellent public transport links
♥ Microwaves and washer-dryers in several rooms
♥ Tasty buffet breakfast
This hotel is popular with gay visitors to Tokyo, mostly due to its unbeatable location in the heart of the Ni-chome gay village. It is also just a minute from Shinjuku San-chome station (Fukutoshin, Marunouchi, and Shinjuku lines), making it really easy to get around Tokyo’s expanse. Rooms are simply decorated in an all-white color scheme, and many of them have microwaves and washer-dryers. Some of the rooms also have kitchenettes. A tasty Japanese and Western breakfast is served in the mornings, and there are vending machines in the lobby.
♥ Couldn’t be closer to Shinjuku gay nightlife
♥ Spacious and comfy single rooms available
♥ Nice complimentary light breakfast
♥ Mini-fridge in every room
This hotel is right in the middle of the Ni-chome gay area, with venues like EAGLE, AiSOTOPE, Kinsmen, DOCK, and Campy all within a minute’s walk. Single, double, and twin rooms are available, with the Deluxe Single category being very spacious compared to similar offerings. The rooms come with all the basic toiletries, plus a mini-fridge for your personal use. The complimentary breakfast is simple, consisting of baked goods, juice, tea, and coffee, but is a welcome addition nonetheless.
♥ Free breakfast
♥ Free onsen facilities
♥ Friendly English-speaking staff
♥ Walking distance to Ni-chome
This gay-friendly budget hotel offers clean, comfortable, rooms with good basic amenities. The decor is simple but modern, and the rooms are overall very well-maintained. There is a tasty free breakfast served every morning, and a small but pleasant on-site onsen which is also complimentary. The staff are lovely, helpful, and speak very good English. The Ni-chome gay nightlife is just a 15-minute walk away, and the bars of Kabuki-cho are even closer.
♥ Microwave kettle and fridge in every room
♥ Comfortable clean rooms
♥ Walking distance to gay and red light nightlife
This is a very simple and straightforward hotel, very recently opened. The rooms are compact but comfortable, and every one comes equipped with a mini-fridge, kettle, and microwave, making it very easy to eat cheaply on convenience store meals. Bathrooms have deep bathtubs and generously-sized toiletries. The gay nightlife is about 15 minutes away, and the red light activities of Kabuki-cho surround the hotel.
♥ Stylish and modern
♥ Spacious relaxing rooms
♥ Original artwork and design
♥ Cool cafe-bar concept
This recently-opened hotel is a stylish budget option, about 10 minutes from the Ni-chome gay nightlife and 5 minutes from Golden Gai. It features contemporary industrial-style decor and original artwork, giving it a boutique feel. The rooms are spacious and well-designed, with twins, doubles, and triples available. The trendy cafe-bar serves craft coffee during the day and craft beer in the evenings, with Japanese bites available throughout the day.
♥ Short walk to Ni-chome gay village
♥ Quiet location
♥ Well-connected to the rest of the city
♥ Clean and basic rooms
This hotel is a couple of minutes from the main Ni-chome gay village, making it a favorite gay-friendly hotel in Tokyo. It sits in a quiet side street, however, so you don’t have to worry about being kept up at night. Shinjuku San-chome station (Fukutoshin, Marunouchi, and Shinjuku lines) is just 3 minutes away. The rooms are fairly basic and the decor is a bit dated, but everything is clean. It’s worth noting that the hotel is fairly strict about bringing guests to your room. Hotel Tateshina is one of the most booked budget gay hotels in Tokyo.
♥ Walking distance to gay nightlife
♥ Short walk to Shinjuku station
♥ Free tea and coffee
♥ Lovely staff
Located a short walk from Shinjuku Station and Kabuki-cho, this gay-friendly hotel is also just 15 minutes from the Ni-chome gay nightlife. It offers comfortable, clean rooms with spacious layouts and good bathroom amenities. The decor is a bit dated, but some of the rooms feature colorful wallpaper and fun design elements. There is a good Western and Japanese buffet breakfast, and free coffee and tea are available in the lobby. Staff are super lovely and attentive.
♥ Strong aircon and mood lighting in every room
♥ Modern and pleasant rooms
♥ Good breakfast buffet
♥ Close to Golden Gai and gay nightlife
Hotel Sunlite offers modern, simply decorated rooms with very good air-conditioning and controllable LED mood lighting. Many of the rooms have big windows and plenty of natural light, making them particularly pleasant. A good breakfast with Western and Japanese options is served in the mornings in the European-style bistro restaurant. The gay-friendly hotel is super close to Golden Gai, one of Tokyo’s most famous bar areas, and a 5-minute walk from the gay nightlife.
♥ Walking distance to Ni-chome gay village
♥ Right next to Higashi-Shinjuku station
♥ Compact but comfortable rooms
♥ Good buffet breakfast
This hotel is located a minute away from Higashi-Shinjuku station (Oedo and Fukutoshin lines) and about a 10-minute walk from the gay nightlife. It offers comfortable, classically decorated rooms with compact layouts and warm, relaxing colors. All the basic amenities are provided. The breakfast buffet is a mix of Western and Japanese and has a good variety of dishes.
♥ Modern well-designed rooms
♥ Cast-enabled TV
♥ Fresh and tasty breakfast buffet
♥ Great location for nightlife and food
The rooms in this hotel are compact, even for Tokyo standards, but comfy beds with an interactive room control panel, clever layouts, and under-bed storage more than make up for it. The TV is equipped with cast technology, so it’s easy to watch your own streaming services in the room. The breakfast buffet is expansive and tasty and even includes fluffy fresh-baked naan bread. The hotel is in the heart of Kabuki-cho, a short walk from Golden Gai and about 10 minutes from the gay nightlife.