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Posted on Last updated: August 4, 2021 Categories Japan

But there is a lot to see in this effervescent city including microbreweries, jazz clubs, a booming arts scene and buzzing bayfront. Not to mention more affordable hotels and a decidedly slower pace of life. Yokohama has a long history of innovation, commerce and diversity owing to it being one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century – and while there is a strong gay scene here, it is definitely more orientated towards bar conversations and locals.

That’s not to say it isn’t fun to explore, it just isn’t quite as wild as Tokyo’s gay nightlife hub of Shinjuku Ni-chōmeDoyamacho, Osaka’s LGBT District.

Discreet, compartmentalized, often smaller than a cruise ship cabin and obsessed with order – though thankfully not quite as uptight as Tokyo – the gay bars of Yokohama are uniquely Japanese and an experience to be sure.  

Ladies should be aware that many gay nightlife spots in Yokohama do not generally and local attitudes, mean most foreigners can only sample but a few spots as personal friendships with members and strict Japanese only rules dictate who can enter. You might think this is xenophobic – and it is – but this is done in large part to protect members from being judged by unfamiliar standards.

Japan is like nowhere else on Earth, and as anyone who has visited before will know, the Japanese do things very differently. Luckily the ongoing economic stagnation in Japan has made the country – and the gay scene of Yokohama – more open to foreigners and there are now many gay spots who actively court Gaijin (the Japanese word for foreigners) into their midst.

Homosexuality has never been prosecuted in Japan – it was not considered a sin, just shameful – and despite recent trends of tolerance and openly gay spaces in cosmopolitan areas like Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo, many Japanese gay men, and lesbians still hide who they are. Being gay is often still seen as a personal choice, and while homophobia is uncommon, Japanese society views being gay as not something to be flaunted or openly discussed.

This live and let live attitude – as long as outward appearances are maintained – towards LGBT people now is actively hindering gay rights in Japan. There is no political and social friction to propel things forward, unlike in VietnamChinaKorea. There is few openly gay lawmakers, celebrities or business people and the National Diet has yet to take action on including sexual orientation in the country’s civil rights code.

Same-sex marriage is not legal at the national level, though as of 2019, twenty cities and city wards issue same-sex partnerships certificates which provide some benefits, however, they are entirely symbolic. Taiwan currently leads Asia in LGBT rights and with the growing momentum and grand plans of Kansai Pride we hope this will prompt Japanese society and lawmakers to discuss protections and equality for all citizens.

Despite this, gay travelers to Yokohama – and Japan – are highly unlikely to experience any discrimination at all regarding sexual preferences. With a small but tight-knit gay scene, a gorgeous skyline, delicious street food, quirky personalities and plenty of unique attractions, Gay Yokohama is one of the world’s most underrated cities and waiting for you to explore it further…

Gay-reisen asien: die besten länder für schwule urlauber

Traumhafte Strände, köstliches Essen und günstige Preise locken jedes Jahr Millionen Touristen nach Asien, darunter auch viele schwule Urlauber. Doch in vielen asiatischen Ländern ist Homosexualität immer noch strafbar: Im schlimmsten Fall drohen schwulen Männern dort Geld- und Haftstrafen, Peitschenhiebe oder sogar die Todesstrafe. Welches Land ist also am besten für Gay-Reisen in Asien geeignet? Ich stelle dir die besten Urlaubsziele für schwule Männer auf dem asiatischen Kontinent vor.

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Gay-urlaub asien: länder, in denen schwule männer sicher reisen

Atemberaubende Landschaften, gigantische Metropolen – Asien ist ein Kontinent der Gegensätze. Dies gilt auch für die Akzeptanz von queeren Menschen. Ich stelle dir jene Länder vor, in denen LGBT-Touristen nicht nur sicher reisen können, sondern in denen es auch eine abwechslungsreiche Gay-Szene gibt. Denn vermutlich möchtest du im Gay-Urlaub in Asien auch etwas Aufregendes erleben und interessante Menschen kennenlernen!

Gay-urlaub in asien – weitere reisetipps

Hast du schon mal einen Gay-Urlaub in Asien verbracht? In welchem Land hat es dir am besten gefallen? Welche Gay Clubs, Schwulenbars, Gaysaunen und Partys für queere Menschen in Asien kannst du empfehlen? Poste deine Tipps und Erfahrungen einfach in den Kommentaren unter diesem Artikel!

Hallo, ich bin Mario. Mit meinem Reiseblog möchte ich Dir helfen, das passende Reiseziel für Deinen nächsten Gayurlaub zu finden. Hier findest Du gayfriendly Hotels, die beliebtesten Gay Bars, Clubs und Saunen, CSD-Termine, aktuelles News aus der schwulen Szene sowie wichtige Hinweise und Tipps für Reisen in weniger LGBT-freundliche Länder. Folge mir gerne auch auf Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest oder YouTube. Hier erfährst du noch mehr über mich.

Wer bin ich?

Hallo, mein Name ist Mario. In meinem Reisemagazin stelle ich die schönsten Urlaubsziele für schwule Männer vor.

Reisen kann leider für viele Touristen ein unangenehmes Thema sein: In vielen Ländern sind schwule, lesbische, bisexuelle und transgender Urlauber nicht willkommen. Mit meinem Gay-Reiseblog möchte ich anderen queeren Menschen helfen, das passende Reiseziel zu finden.

Shizuoka (japan) cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual nsa encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Shizuoka in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Shizuoka, Japan.

Below we show a Shizuoka cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

Ichikawa (chiba) cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual nsa encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Ichikawa in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Ichikawa, Chiba.

Below we show a Ichikawa cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

Toyohashi (aichi) cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual nsa encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Toyohashi in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Toyohashi, Aichi.

Below we show a Toyohashi cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

Misawa (aomori) cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual nsa encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Misawa in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Misawa, Aomori.

Below we show a Misawa cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

Beppu (oita) cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual nsa encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Beppu in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Beppu, Oita.

Below we show a Beppu cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

1. thailand

Thailand ist eines der beliebtesten Reiseziele für schwule Touristen, nicht nur Asien, sondern weltweit. Kein Wunder: Die Einwohner gelten als besonders (gast-) freundlich, es ist ein Paradies für Street-Food und es wimmelt von herrlichen Landschaften. In der Hauptstadt Bangkok findest du eine riesige Gay-Szene mit unzäligen Gay Bars, Clubs, Partys und Schwulensaunen. Auch die Urlaubsorte Phuket und Pattaya verfügen über ein wildes Nachtleben und eine große Schwulenszene. Ladyboys (in Thailand auch Katoeys genannt) spielen in der thailandischen Gesellschaft eine wichtige Rolle – und käuflichen Sex gibt es in dem Land an jeder Ecke.

Thailand legalisierte 1956 die Homosexualität. Seit 2015 gibt es eine Reihe von Antidiskriminierungsgesetzen. Seit 2005 dürfen Homosexuelle beim Militär dienen. Eine gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe gibt es in dem Land jedoch noch nicht. Trotzdem ist Thailand zweifelsohne das beste Land für Gay-Reisen nach Asien!

Meine ausführlichen Thailand-Tipps findest du hier:

2. taiwan

Taiwan gilt als der rosa Vorreiter unter den asiatischen Ländern. Im Mai 2019 führte Taiwan als erstes (und bislang einziges) Land in Asien die Ehe für gleichgeschlechtliche Paare ein. Homosexualität war in dem Land niemals illegal!

In der Hauptstadt gibt es eine große Schwulenszene: Die meisten Gay-Bars in Taipeh befinden sich in und um den Ximen Red House Complex, zum Beispiel das Cafe Dalida, Secret Garden und die Commander D Fetisch Bar. Andere schwule Bars in der Nähe sind Hero, Hunt, Goldfish und Fairy. Die beliebtesten Schwulenclubs der Stadt heißen Gstar und Cercle. Weitere Städte in Taiwan, in denen du schwule Läden findest, sind Kaohsiung, Tainan und Taichung City.

Zudem findet in Taiwan das größte schwule Festival in Asien statt: Der Taipei Pride am letzten Samstag im Oktober zieht rund 150.000 Besucher an. Einige der besten schwulen Partys in Taiwan finden rund um den Taipei Pride statt, insbesondere die WOOW Pool Party und die Formusa Pride Party. Der Mr Gay Taiwan-Festzug findet ebenfalls Ende Oktober statt und fällt normalerweise mit dem Taipei Pride zusammen. Das andere große schwule Ereignis in Taipeh ist die monatliche Queer-Party namens Blush.

3. kambodscha

Kambodscha haben wohl nur wenige deutsche Touristen auf der Liste, wenn es um Gay-Urlaub in Asien geht. Dabei wird das Land nach Taiwan oft als der schwulenfreundlichste Ort auf dem asiatischen Kontinent angepriesen. In Phnom Penh gibt es eine große Gay-Szene. Und auch in großen Städten wie Siem Reap und Sihanoukville sind die Menschen gegenüber queeren Personen sehr tolerant eingestellt.

Homosexualität ist in Kambodscha seit jeher legal, und die „Declaration of Family Relationship“ („Erklärung der Familienbeziehung“) (DoFR) ist ein symbolischer Zivilvertrag und eine öffentliche Zeremonie für schwule Paare, die im Jahr 2018 eingeführt wurde.

Einige der besten Gay Bars in der Hauptstadt Phnom Penh heißen Toolbox, Space und Blue Chilli. In Siem Reap, dem Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge zum Angkor Wat, findest du ebenfalls einige schwule Bars, z.B. Miss Wong, Barcode und Heaven & DreamBoys.

4. japan

Japan ist eines der sichersten und gastfreundlichsten Länder in Asien. Homosexualität ist hier seit 1880 legal. Eine Homo-Ehe gibt es dort nicht, doch seit 2015 teilen einige japanische Städte sogenannte „Partnerschaftszertifikate“ aus. Diese inoffiziellen Dokumente sollen schwulen Paaren bei Krankenhausbesuchen und der Anmietung von Wohnungen helfen. Außerdem weist Japan eines der niedrigsten Einwilligungsalter der Welt für Sex auf: Es liegt bei 13 Jahren.

Zu den schwulen Gegenden in Tokio gehören unter anderem Shinbashi, Shinjuku-nichome, Ueno und Asakusa. Vor allem in Shinjuku-nichome können Touristen sich unbeschwert vergnügen und wohlfühlen. Dort findet auch das jährliche Gay Tokyo Rainbow Festival statt. Einige der wichtigsten Gay Bars und Clubs in Tokio sind Arty Farty, Campy! und AiiRo. Eine LGBT-Szene findest du außerdem in Städten wie Nagasaki, Kyoto, Osaka und Hiroshima.

5. philippinen

Die Filipinos gelten als eines der freundlichsten Völker auf der Erde. Homosexualität war auf den Philippinen immer legal. Das schwule Leben findet dort recht offen statt, obwohl die Bevölkerung mehrheitlich römisch-katholisch ist. Antidiskriminierungsgesetze gelten bereits in einigen Teilen der Philippinen und werden in Kürze landesweit angewendet. Seit 2009 dürfen Schwule in der philippinischen Armee dienen. Eine gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe gibt es auf den Philippinen aber noch nicht.

Die größte Gay-Szene der Philippinen befindet sich in der Hauptstadt Manila. Beliebte Treffpunkte für Gays in der Stadt sind die O-Bar, Adonis und Nectar. Weitere Städte mit LGBTQ-Treffpunkten sind Davao City, Quezon City und Cebu.

Der Manila Pride Ende Juni ist die größte schwule Veranstaltung auf den Philippinen. Jedes Jahr kommen etwa 25.000 Besucher zu dem Event. Das jährliche QC International Pink Film Festival (QCIPFF) in Quezon City ist eines der größten LGBTQ-Filmfestivals in Asien. Außerdem sind die Filipinos große Fans von Schönheitswettbewerben: Besonders beliebt ist der Mr Gay-Wettbewerb. Jedes Jahr schicken die Philippinen ihren Vertreter zum Mr Gay World-Wettbewerb und haben ihn sogar zweimal gewonnen: John Fernandez Raspado 2017 und Janjep Carlos 2019.

6. vietnam

Vietnam ist ein schwulenfreundliches Land mit recht fortschrittlichen LGBTQ-Gesetze hat. Paradoxerweise gibt es in dem Land – im Vergleich zu deutlich konservativeren Ländern – keine große Gay-Szene. Die wichtigsten Gay-Locations befinden sich in Saigon und heißen Republic, Le Pub und Thi Bar. In der vietnamesischen Hauptstadt Hanoi gibt es nur eine Schwulenbar – die GC Bar.

Homosexualität war in Vietnam nie verboten. Schwule dürfen offen beim Militär dienen und transsexuelle Menschen dürfen ihr Geschlecht ändern. Alleinstehende homosexuelle Personen dürfen sogar Kinder adoptieren. Im Jahr 2006 verabschiedete die vietnamesische Regierung ein Antidiskriminierungsgesetz zum Schutz von Menschen mit HIV. Eine Homo-Ehe gibt es in Vietnam nocht nicht, jedoch hat die Regierung 2015 ein Gesetz über Ehe und Familie verabschiedet, welches das Verbot von Homo-Hochzeiten verbietet! Auch wenn sie nicht offiziell anerkannt werden, dürfen daher in dem Land symbolische, schwule Hochzeitszeremonien durchgeführt werden.

7. südkorea

Südkorea ist das umgekehrte Paradox zu Vietnam: Auf der einen Seite gibt es in dem Staat eine hohe Introleranz gegenüber queeren Menschen. Die Ursache sind einflussreiche christlich-konservative Gruppen. Andererseits gibt es in der Hauptstadt Seoul eine der größten und besten Schwulenszenen in Asien.

Homosexualität war in Südkorea schon immer legel und die Einwohner dürfen seit 2006 ihr Geschlecht ändern. Jedoch gibt es in dem Land keine gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe, keine Antidiskriminierungsgesetze und LGBTQ-Personen dürfen nicht beim Militär dienen.

Die meisten der beliebten Schwulenbars in Seoul befinden sich im Viertel Homo Hill, u.a. das Lollipop, Queen, Q-Bar, Almaz, Always Homme, Bottoms Up und Why Not. In Jongno gibt es eine weitere, eher lokale Szene mit Läden wie OWOO, Wallpaper Karaoke Bar und The Nine. In Seoul finden auch einige der besten Gay-Partys in Asien statt: Trance und Shade @ CakeShop, Gray Club, SOHO, King, HIM und HOMPA. Außerdem gibt es in der Stadt eine große Drag-Show-Szene.

Attractions in yokohama

Naturally being gay does not define which attractions most of us will want to see in each city and most queer travelers will simply want to check out the top things to see in Yokohama during the day!

There is so much to do here – but we found our favorite memories were wandering through getting lost in the seemingly endless array of food streets, wandering around the rejuvenated waterfront or using or JR pass to explore the surrounding area. Still – it helps to have some idea what is going on, so here are the best things to do in Yokohama, according to us!

One of the best tips we can give you for exploring Gay Yokohama is to pre-order a travel SIM card for easy airport pickup and activation the moment you arrive so you will not pay a fortune in international roaming charges. Get restaurants recommendation and reservations on the fly, public transport instructions up to the minute, bar opening hours and if it is your thing – access to gay hook up apps to find out more about the local scene.

Mobile data is fast, cheap and available almost everywhere in Asia so it is no wonder most travelers chose to stay connected and to get off the beaten track (without ever worrying about getting lost). So why wait? Pre-order the best local SIM card now to have it waiting for you in Yokohama when you arrive.

Gay-friendly and gay hotels in yokohama

As Yokohama is one of the more progressive and gay-friendly countries in Asia, pretty much every hotel in Yokohama can be considered gay-friendly, and none of our readers will experience any issues here. After all, being gay-friendly is not all about upscale luxury, but about providing friendly service and welcoming everyone with open arms!

Yokohama, like most cities in Japan, has a severe shortage of space, so room sizes are smaller than almost everywhere else in the world – but as plenty of gay men know, it’s not all about size, but how you use it! We are talking about design, functionality and views darling!

Having said that, everyone likes to be surrounded by people with common interests, and as such there are a few well-known gay-friendly hotels in Yokohama that are hot spots for gay travelers to stay – either because of their location near the Yokohama gay village – the best place to stay in Yokohama if you are looking for gay nightlife – or their design and inclusive vibes.

The following hotels in Gay Yokohama have all have glowing recommendations from gay travelers in the past, but of course, there are hundreds of other hotels in Yokohama if these are not quite what you are looking for. Whether you want a fun and social hostel, a cheap place to crash after a night of partying or an ultra-chic designer option to sip cocktails and surround yourself with fabulous people  – Gay Yokohama has something for everyone!

Gay nightlife in yokohama

With Japan being one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Asia – joined by the likes of BangkokPhuketHong Kong –  you should feel free to explore any of the nightlife options in Yokohama as you wish. But if you want to make new friends and get together with your global queer family, there are around 30 gay bars and mix bars in Yokohama to explore. Centered around the gay town of Nobe in front of Sakuragicho Station near Motomachi pool, Nobe is on the opposite side across the Sakuragicho Station from Minato Mirai area where high-rise buildings line up.

We couldn’t possibly list every single venue here – some of which are little more than broom closets – and have focussed on those that are foreign friendly with a point of a difference. We do have to admit however the gay nightlife scene of Tokyo overshadows Yokohama and here you are more likely to find a quiet conversation and new friends than the wild clubbing experiences of Ni-chōme Shinjuku in Tokyo, which houses the world’s highest concentration of gay bars.

Because of the size of bars here, customers usually sit at a bar and spend the night chatting away with other patrons and the normally charismatic bartenders. Karaoke is also very in vogue and is a sure-fire way to get the shy Japanese to open-up. You could also try plying them with alcohol or setting them loose in a dark room, but we will get to sauna and cruise spaces later.

Most of the small bars in Yokohama are frequented by regulars, and so operate a bottle keep system – unheard of in the West – where you keep your own bottle of liquor behind the bar for future visits. The social groupings are these bars are normally very strong with bars organizing outings to onsens, sporting events, picnics and more. They really are a family here, and you can see this normally in photos often displayed around the bar.

We found most bar owners, known as “Mamas” or “Masters” to be extremely welcoming to new customers and gaijin, but not all – especially those where the Mamas or clientele do not speak English. This is to save their patrons from any embarrassment for the most part – and to a certain degree, we understand and agree. Here we have included only those we found welcoming to foreigners, but if you have a local friend or basic Japanese skills we encourage you to the Nobe Gay Town explore further.

Gay cruising in yokohama 

There is no gay sauna in Yokohama, but one cruise club which can be pretty fun. For a wider range, we suggest heading up to Tokyo although even here they are not quite as high-quality as Ho Chi Minh CityBangkok.

Since most gay sauna in Tokyo are open 24 hours, it is not uncommon for men to spend the night sleeping in their private cabin afterward, so as the night goes on don’t be surprised when the moaning changes to snoring! If you are nervous about visiting, read our gay sauna etiquette guide but just remember: Japanese guys are generally very shy and nervous, so you’ll often have to make the first move. Unless you are a dark room, then all their fears seem to melt away…

Across Japan have heard reports that older, hairy or chubbier guys being ignored in some saunas and cruise clubs, and foreign guys getting attitude from some locals. Some sauna have even banned foreigners or have age-discrimination policies. We have tried our best to only include those that are ‘foreign-friendly’ here.

You can also be an object of curiosity and desire, so it does work both ways.  The Gay cruise club in Yokohama is not nearly as popular or busy as, say,  those found in MadridPrague but can still be a lot of fun, especially when they are hosting an event and the crowds flock in. 

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