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LGBT Tokyo Then and Now

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    What to Expect
    Your group of no more than six people will meet at 6:30pm in Asakusa, which aside from being a major visitor destination for Sensoji (Temple) and the shopping arcade on its approach, is also the center of the "elder gay" Tokyo population. A century ago, Asakusa was in many ways what Shinjuku and Shibuya are like today. In fact, the Asakusa to Ueno stretch was so popular back in the early 20th century that Asia's first subway was built between those two areas (this is now known as the Ginza line). As the area aged, the clientele aged and changed faces too, and especially in more recent years, there has been a plethora of gay bars, saunas, and even cruising areas for the daddies and granddaddies of the gay persuasion. We'll walk around the neighborhood, talk about history, cultural context, and take a gander at some notable sights from the outside.

    From the older east part of the city we ride the subway to Shinjuku, getting up close and personal to what's considered the modern day gay capital of Japan. But first, a bite to eat at a festive and very local restaurant. Depending on the scene and interests of our guest, we may have some yakitori in an open-style restaurant (where grilled chicken of virtually every sort is available) or perhaps some "kushikatsu", which is fried meat and vegetable goodness on skewers. There'll be a side dish or two as well, and and we'll cover varieties from mild to wild, depending on your level of adventurousness. Having a beer with this type of  food is pretty much a given, but there are also other drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to choose from. The food and one drink is included here, and vegetarian options are available on request. Strict vegans may find the evening challenging.

    Fortified with some food and a drink, it's time for a proper walk around the 'hood. We'll see bars, book and video stores (yes, they still exist here!), and other establishments catering to the LGBT community. You'll learn about the stratification of the community, social constructs, and remaining secretive aspects of living life outside the proscribed norm in Japan. Along the way, we'll stop off for a beer (or other drink) at a local bar popular with both foreign visitors and Japanese alike. Before you know it, it will be 9:30pm, at which time your guide will be able to point you towards wherever you'd like to go.

    Even though this in an LGBT-oriented tour, you are welcome to join regardless of how you identify!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Outside of "Kamiya Bar," which itself is right outside Asakusa Station.
    Departure Time
    6:30 PM
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Your tour will end near Shinjuku 3-Chome Station. Your guide will help you get to where you want to go.
    Inclusions
    • Dinner
    • 2 drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
    • Gratuities
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup (please inquire -- this may be available for an additional charge upon request)
    • Transportation (you'll need 270 yen for the one subway ride we take)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Japan's drinking age is 20 years.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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