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There are popular tourist bars open for all in the Shinjuku 2-Chome Gay district!


The Shinjuku 2-Chome (新宿2丁目) area is famous for its gay bars! The area extends from Shinjuku-Dori to Yasukuni Dori along Naka Dori (its main street). Shinjuku 2-Chomes exposure into the limelight has made it one of the major tourist attractions in Tokyo. It used to be that straight women were not allowed in the clubs but now there are “tourists bars” where everyone is welcome, opening the door to a different world!


How to enjoy a tourist bar!

Bars that are open to straight (heterosexual) women are Immediately evident because they are usually labeled with “tourist bar” signs. Most of these bars are brightly lit and more inviting! They have a unique lively atmosphere that make it east to relax and enjoy. Entrance time around 9:00 p.m. is known as prime time. There is usually some type of performances at this time that will add to the fun of your experience!

Beginners welcome at this tourist specialty bar!

Meals are usually a much lower priority at tourist bars. An exception is at the club “MARROAD,” where you will find a cooking master shemale who was for two years the TV cooking champion. To get there take the Toei Subway Shinjuku line, Shinjuku Sanchome station exit C8. It is a 1-minute walk with easy access and is a good place to enjoy both delicious food and conversation!

There are also gourmet shops in the Shinjuku 2-Chome area!

There are several excellent soba shops in the Shinjuku 2-Chome area. “Rakuan” is famous for using the best soba powder in Hokkaido. “Hegi-Soba Kon ” is a famous shop in the Niigata Prefecture. They have 6 restaurants in the Shinjuku 2-Chome area. Some people come to Shinjuku 2-Chome just to eat their soba. In addition to soba there are several good cafes, traditional Japanese restaurants, and a creative Italian pizzeria called “doop toky.”