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Essential Japan Gay Tour

Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Fushimi Inari, Himeji, Koyasan, Mt.Fuji, Ushiku Buddha, Nikko, Kawagoe, Takaragawa Onsen, Hakone, Tokyo & more!

12 Days from Osaka to Tokyo, Japan

November 16 – 27, 2019

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Gay Japan tourEssential Japan is the ideal route for those who visit Japan for the first time. We have selected the most iconic cities of the archipelago, so you can take home the true essence of Japan. Japan has a wide, varied history and is a hub for those who seek authentic culture in a world where that is hard to find. Travel from big cities to mountain villages to islands and everything in-between as you take in the rich, cultural heritage this amazing country has to offer on this gay group trip.

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Enjoy the most gay friendly side of Japan with our guided gay group tour around the country. Your trip with us starts upon landing to the country of the Rising Sun. Let us take care of everything and just enjoy!


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Essential Japan Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday
Welcome to Japan!
Japan gay tour - OsakaAll travellers are picked up at Osaka International Airport. If you do not bring Japanese yen with you, the tour guide will assist you to exchange your currency at the airport. He will also give you the password of the portable router he'll bring during the whole itinerary to provide free internet connection to you and your fellow travellers as long as you remain close by.

You will be transported to Kyoto by a Haruka Express rapid service train. The hotel can be reached within a minute's walk from Kyoto station. Alternatively a taxi service will take the entire group from Osaka International Airport to the hotel in Kyoto if all members' arrival time at the airport coincides.

After checking in at the hotel, you will enjoy free time to take a first glimpse of Kyoto and explore the surroundings.

You may also dive into the swimming pool, exercise at the gym or rest for the next day. It is also possible to exchange foreign currency at this hotel.

Travellers are free to choose their dinner on Day 1. The hotel offers interesting dining options, and alternative choices are available in the food court in front of Kyoto station.

Hotel: Granvia Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto, 5*


Day 2 - Monday
Treasures of Kyoto
Kyoto gay tourThis day will be spent exploring the treasures of Kyoto. We will meet at the lobby of the hotel at 9:00am, following breakfast.

The day starts in a big way: The Kinkakuji or "Temple of the Golden Pavilion". You will be astonished by the view of its golden walls reflected in a gorgeous lake peppered with beautiful tiny islands. No wonder why it became a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape.

After visiting the Kinkaku-ji you will be taken to the impressive Nijo Castle, one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Completed in 1626, it was built as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shoguns. The castle is an excellent example of social control manifested in architectural space. The construction lent itself to expressing intimidat io n and power to Edo-period visitors.

Our next visit will be the Ginkakuji or "Temple of the Silver Pavilion". This Zen temple was meant to be covered by silver foil emulating somehow the appearance of the Kinkakuji. However, this work was delayed for so long that the plans were never realized, leaving the main building with its wooden structure intact. In addition to the temple's famous building, the property features wooded grounds covered with a variety of mosses.

The traditional street leading to the Silver Pavilion is an ideal spot to improvise a lunch as we walk. Since most choices are light meals, you have the chance to try not only one, but multiple Japanese dishes. Do not be afraid to caste new flavours!

Gay Kyoto  tourAutumn Extra: If your Essential Japan tour takes place in mid-November (momiji season), we will make a brief stop at Eikando temple to enjoy its outstan ding autumn red leafs.

Sakura Extra: If your Essential Japan tour takes place the first two weeks of April, we will add a walk on foot along the famous Philosopher's Path to enjoy an unforgettable view of the cherry blossom.

Distances between temples and shrines can be lengthy. A private taxi will take the group to the main areas ofinterest during the day to maximize yourcomfort and tooptimize your time spent at each location.

The taxi driver will take the group to the Shoren-in temple, in front of which you will find an over-800-year-old tree waiting for your visit. This temple, luckily not so well known by tourists, will give us a little privacy to enjoy its corridors, pavilions, beautiful garden and altars. Take your time to sit and breathe where once a Japanese prince lived!

Just a few moments further on we will find the Chion-in temple, where a scene from Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai was filmed. This temple has the largest wooden gate in Japan. Its massive bell was the largest in the world from the 17th to the 19th century. It weighs 74 tons and require 17 to 25 men to strike it.

After crossing the Maruyama Park, beautifully covered by sakura flowers in April, we will find the traditional streets of the city. Very close by we will visit the Kodai-ji and Ryozen Kannon temples. The gardens of the Kodai-ji temple will help you to calm down after the 24m (80 ft) high statue of Kannon and its 500-ton weight takes your breath away.

Let's have some spare time to walk around and do some shopping. Your rour guide will provide you with a special card with a map to move around for the next 60 minutes. The card also states the meeting point. If you can't find your way back, you can always show this card to any Japanese passer-by and they will be happy to give you directions.

Kyoto gay tour - Heian JinguThe meeting point is a traditional teahouse where you may find lots of colourful carps in its amazing garden. The matcha and sweets at this place are insanely delicious! Your tour guide will be waiting for you here the whole time.

The Heian Jingu is a shrine built to com-memorate the 1100 anniversary of Kyoto's foundation (originally named Heian-kyo), the capital of Japan for centuries. Kyoto was shocked and depressed after the capital was moved to Tokyo. The citizens came together to build a new city after World War II. The reconstruction of the Heian Shrine was a symbol of revival for the city.

Just a minute's walk on from the Heian Jingu we can witness how Kendo practitioners train at a traditional budokan. Be ready for angry shouts, wooden sword strikes and vibration under your feet as they perform every attack. Right in front of the Kenda pavilion, Japanese archers test their aim at a Kyudo school.

Back to Kyoto station your tour guide will take you to a food court where you will be free to choose among dozens of restaurants. The hotel will be just two minute' walk away.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Granvia Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto, 5*


Day 3 - Tuesday
Fushimi Inari and Nara
Japan gay tour - Fushimi Inari ShrineThis day will be spent exploring Fushimi Inari shrine and Nara. We will meet up at the lobby of the hotel at 9:00am, right after breakfast.

From Kyoto station we will take a train that will takes us to Inari within 15 minutes. The Fushimi Inari is the most important shrine of Japan dedicated to the spirit of Inari, the god of rice. This shrine is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 metres and belongs to the shrine grounds. If you wish to increase your earnings and fortune, Inari is the right Shinto god to ask for it.

1 hour journey away from Inari we will arrive in Nara. It is possible to have an early lunch upon arrival, in the main street, or on the way back to the station after visiting the surroundings. We will visit a local family restaurant which caters for all tastes and has an array of Japanese dishes and interernational cuisine.

The Kofukuji was previously the family temple of the Fujiwara, the most powerful family clan during much of the Nara and Heian periods. The temple was established in Nara at the same time as the capital in 710.

Enjoy the company of friendly deer and fantastic park views on the way to the next temple.

Japan gay tour - Todaiji TempleThis is the magnificent Todaiji, the world's largest wooden construction. Inside sits an overwhelming 15 metres (49 ft) tall Buddha weighing over 550 tons. One of the wooden pillars of the pavilion has a hole in it, the same size as one of the Buddha's nostrils. The legend says that those who cross the hole will be blessed with enlightenment and inner peace.

Todaiji temple is a UNESCO Worl Heritage Site. Outside the main hall you will find a wooden statue of a disciple of Buddha that is said to cure illness. Ask your tour guide how to use the Binzuru's healing powers!

The shops on the way back to Nara train station are full of local gems and definitely worth visiting! Enjoy 45 minutes of free shopping time before heading back to Kyoto.

Back in Kyoto station you will have the chance to pick a restaurant of your choice at the food court visited the night before.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Granvia Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto, 5*


Day 4 - Wednesday
Japan gay tour - OkunoinDay 4 will be spent exploring the ancient Mount Koya with an unforgettable overnight stay at a Buddhist temple.

The check-out procedure at the hotel in Kyoto must be done before 9:00am. It is possible - and advisable - to leave most of the luggage at the reception as you will check in again the next day.

A taxi will pick up the group at 9:00am and will head to Mount Koya.

Okunoin is the site of the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism and one of the most revered persons in the religious history of Japan. Instead of having died, Koba Daishi is believed to rest in eternal meditation as he awaits Miroku Nyorai (the Buddha of the Future) and provides relief to those who ask for salvation in the meantime. Okunoin is one of the most sacred places in Japan and a popular piligrimage spot.

Kongobuji temple. Visitors will first come across the Ohiroma Room which was used for important rituals and religious ceremonies. Next to the Ohiroma Room are the Plum and Willow Rooms where a historic ritual suicide took place.

Japan gay tour - Kongobuji templeA long corridor then leads to a wing where visitors are invited to enjoy some tea and a cookie in a large tatami hall. An adjacent building features rooms whose sliding doors are decorated by 20th century paintings of seasonal flowers and the story of Kobo Daishi, his journey to China and his founding of Koyasan. Behind the building is the Banryutei Rock Garden, the largest rock garden in Japan.

There are even more historical and beautiful spots to be visited after lunch and before having a delicious vegetarian dinner at the temple (included).

Overnight in Fukuchi-in Temple. You will not believe how it feels to get immersed into the hot springs of the temple at night. The temple's garden, the fog, the sounds of the forest, the healing properties of the volcanic water caressing your naked body and the smell of history all around. Because yes, this temple has a 24h open hot spring inside.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Fukuchi-in Temple Ryokan, Mount Koya


Day 5 - Thursday
Free Day in Kyoto
Japan gay tour - Kyoto geishasAfter checking back in at the Kyoto hotel you will be given a free day to roam, explore, shop and visit any sites you wish to see. The old capital of Japan is rich in ancient sites so take in all the sights, smells and sounds and rejoice getting lost wandering the historic streets.

You may also want to experience a dinner served by real geishas (maiko or geiko are their actual names according to their level of expertise).

It is possible to hire your tour guide on your free day. Please ask him for a personal quotation. Otherwise you will meet your travel mates and tour guide the next day at 9:00am.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Granvia Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto, 5*


Day 6 - Friday
Himeji Castle and Mount Shosha
Japan gay tour - Himeji CastleThe group will be picked up at 9:00am after breakfast and taken to Himeji by a Shinkansen (bullet train) that will take less than 1 hour.

Meet the largest and best preserved castle of Japan: The Himeji Castle. It is the only one of its kind that has never been destroyed by wars, never been severely damaged by natural disasters and never been burnt to ashes. Himeji's magnificent Castle has stood perfectly intact for over 400 years and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Special Historic Site and a National Treasure by the Japanese Government.

Your trip would not be complete without a visit to the Kokoen gardens. The gardens consist of nine separate, walled gardens designed in various styles of the Edo period. Among the gardens are the garden of the lord's residence which features a waterfall pond, pine tree garden, bamboo garden, flower garden and a tea garden for guests to relax in a traditional tea ceremony house.

Close by the gardens there is the bus stop that will take you to the ropeway that leads to the Mount Shosha, a natural site whose temple complex has a history of over 1000 years.

The Mount Shosha will welcome you with a Bonsho (Buddhist bell). If your tour guide gets permission you will be able to send your requests to Buddha by striking the bell with a suspended beam. Then your way into the mount will begin.

Japan gay tour - Mount ShoshaThanks to the beautiful scenery and ab≠sence of modern infrastructure on its temple grounds, Mount Shosha is frequently used as a film location for historical movies and TV dramas. Besides mostly domestic productions, the Hollywood movie "The Last Samurai" was partially shot on the mount.

Following the path, all the way flanked by Buddhist statues rich in detail, you will find the charming Maniden temple. In our opinion, this temple goes beyond what the Kyozumi Dera in Kyoto has to offer: it is located in a mount surrounded by nature instead of a city, you will find a fraction of the tourists that overcrowd Kyozumi, the atmosphere is quiet inviting meditation, and finally both temples flaunt the same beauty.

Due to the lack of restaurants in the area, lunch will take place in the forest in form of picnic with food bought at a supermarket before heading to the Mount Shosha.

Mitsu No Do consists of three different pavilions laid out in a U-shaped arrangement. Emperor Kazan, who himself entered the Buddhist priesthood, requested the construction of the great hall in 986 and bestowed the name Engyoji. This site was chosen for a scene in the film The Last Samurai.

Upon completion of the trail of Mount Shosha, the group will go back to Kyoto and enjoy a dinner at the food court close to the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Granvia Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto, 5*


Day 7 - Saturday
Top Tokyo Districts
Tokyo gay tour - HarajukuAfter checkout and breakfast the group will be picked up at 10:00am. You will be heading to Tokyo in a Shinkansen bullet train that will take about 2 hours to reach Shinagawa station. We will then check in at our hotel (Keikyu Exx In) which is located right in front of this station.

Our next stop will take you to Harajuku and its famous Takeshita Street. Here you will enjoy 45-60 minutes to wander, shop or just chill out with a coffee at the popular owl/cat cafes in the area. If you wish to buy second-hand quality Japanese clothing, your tour guide will take to a fabulous shop nearby.

On the way to the next point of interest, your tour guide will offer you a choice of restaurants: Japanese or Italian. The group may split at this time and your guide will be on hand to place your food orders.

After your meal you will be taken to the Meiji Jingu shrine, one of the most important shrines of the capital.

Meiji Jingu is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. The original building was destroyed during the Tokyo air raids of World War II. The present iteration of the shrine was funded through a public fund-raising effort and completed in October 1958.

After this shrine, we will continue our walk down to Shibuya district. This area is well known for its countless shopping malls, variety of shops, urban tribes, karaokes, etc.

Tokyo gay tour - ShibuyaWe will complete the tour to this district after crossing the world's most popular and busiest street intersection, surrounded by giant LED screens and music. As soon as we cross this street we will find the statue of Hachiko, the loyal dog who died aher waiting nine years for his owner in the same place.

Shinjuku will follow Shibuya as we make our way around Tokyo's top districts. It is a major commercial and administrative center, housing the busiest railway station in the world (Shinjuku Station) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the administration centre for the government of Tokyo.

You will enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city from the top of this government buil ding, where you can also grab a cup of coffee.

After this visit the route will continue to other sides of Shinjuku station. We will pass by the famous Kabukicho or red light district. If anything around catches your attention, let's explore it together!

Dinner will take place at an international food restaurant with a Japanese touch.

Tokyo gay partyFinally we are approaching the Gay town! The first stop will be the 5-storey 24 hour open gay sauna. Here you may lay and watch TV fully naked, get tanned at a UV rays station, bathe in three different pools, heat up in three types of sauna, explore the gloryholes, slings, etc, or vanish into the massive dark rooms.

As time goes on, the gay pubs and discos nearby will open and receive the first crowds. Feel free to leave the sauna at any time to visit them.

Your tour guide will give you an orientation card to help you go back to the hotel anytime you wish, so you have total freedom to enjoy the Gay town as you like and to play around with local and foreign guys in the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Keikyu Exx In Hotel, Tokyo, 3*


Day 8 - Sunday
Special Edo Period
The theme of t his day is the Edo period, in which the government power was transferred from Kyoto to Edo (actually Tokyo). It is the period between 1603 and 1868 characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, a stable population, peace, and popular enjoyment of arts and culture.

Even though Eda itself was half destroyed by incendiary bombs dropped by US aviators during the World War II, many architectural vestiges of this period remain intact, such as Kawagoe and Nikko. Your tour guide will suggest you one of the three destinations according to factors such as: distance from Shinagawa, ongoing renovation works, time frame, closing days, season, scheduled festivals, etc.

Option 1:

Japan gay tour - Kawagoe Approximately one hour away from Shinagawa station, the city is known locally as "Little Eda" after the old name for Tokyo, due to its many historic buildings.

The highlight of this visit is the Kurazukuri no Machinami (Warehouse District), which provides a nostalgic scene from the Eda period as it keeps the architectural characteristics of that time.

Kawagoe was then an important commercial town supplying resources to Eda, and some of the commercial buildings managed to survive to this day.

Just a short distance from the main street stands the Toki no Kane (Bell Tower), a landm ark and symbol of Kawagoe. It chimes four times a day (6:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00). The tower was rebuilt in 1894, after the Great Kawagoe Fire of 1893 had destroyed the previous structure.

We will visit the rest of the town without any stress, taking a look at its quiet temples and shrines, its little castle, delightful restaurants, and curious spots.

Option 2:

Japan gay tour - Nikko Nikko is located about 2 hours away from Shinagawa station. There are two main highlights in this trip:

Nikko Edomura (Edo Wonderland), a little town built in Edo architectural style. Populated by natives who wear Edo traditional costume, the site is often filmed in Japanese productions. Visitors are invited to wear Japanese clothing as well to help with this unique immersion in history.

Edomura has lots of traditional shops, museums and entertainment spots such as live shows or theatre performances. You will also learn how ancient craftsmen used to work creating traditional objects and repair armoury. The dark side of Edomura can be found in the jail of the town, where you will find scenes of torture, battle and imprisonment.

But this town features other experiences unlikely to be found anywhere else in Japan. Take the risk to enter the human-sized labyrinth of the village and accept the challenge to escape alive. If you make it, try the house of illusions, keeping in mind that you cannot trust anything you will see inside.

Lunch will take place in one of the restaurants of the town.

The Tosho-gu shrine is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Five structures at Tosho-gu are categorized as National Treasures of Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate and therefore built during the Eda period.

Depending on the time left after visiting both places, we will visit additional points of interest, such as the Taiyuinbyo mausoleum, the beautiful Tamozawa Imperial Villa, the Nikko Botanical Garden, the Senjogahara Marshland, the Lake Chuzenji ...

All travellers will have the chance to explore and choose their own restaurant for dining at night upon arrival to Shinagawa. Your tour guide will have plenty of recommendations.

Option 3:
Warp Station Edo

Japan gay tour - Warp Station Edo It is located about 1 hour by train from Shinagawa station and additional 10 minutes by taxi.

The Warp Station Edo is a detailed replica of a traditional Edo-period town. Run by the state broadcaster NHK, Warp Station Edo is actually used for filming 17th century period dramas and films but is also open to the public. Despite its remote location, it makes a great trip for visitors looking to explore this part of Ibaraki, not to mention take a step back in time.

You will never find Warp Station Eda too busy or crowded, given its location, even with glorious weather or visiting during peak times. This makes it a great location to soak up the atmosphere of the Edo-period environments. You'll find many quiet, tranquil spots to relax and it makes a great location for photography.

Open every day between 9am and 4pm (last entry 3:30pm), Warp Station Eda makes for a good excursion outside Tokyo. Access to certain areas can be restricted depending on what filming or set work is going on at the time, but usually you will have a good chance to see everything and seeing something being filmed is probably a bonus.

Back to Tokyo, we will visit the Tokyo-Edo Museum. Its permanent exhibition, showcasing original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Eda-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Eda. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum holds special exhibitions at the first floor gallery five to six times a year and carries out various other events, including lectures and workshops on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Keikyu Exx In Hotel, Tokyo, 3*


Day 9 - Monday
Takaragawa Onsen
Japan gay tour - Takaragawa Onsen hot springsTakaragawa Onsen is the second Japanese hot spring that you will enjoy in Japan. Surrounded by mountains and nature, this is one of the best hot springs in the country.

After breakfast and checkout, you will be picked up at 10:00am at the lobby of the hotel. Please leave any excess luggage in the lobby.

We will arrive at Takaragawa Onsen past noon and will devote the day to absolute relaxation. You will enjoy an overnight at a Japanese-style room with tatami and futons. Inside the lodge building you may enjoy a male-only hot bath with views of the river while outside the building you will find three open-air rotenburo pools at different temperatures and guarded by statues of impressive Buddhist deities.

It does not matter if you come to Takaragawa Onsen in a shiny summer, in autumn when the tree leaves are red, in winter when the snow covers the surroundings or in spring when the forest colors bloom: visiting this onsen is always an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy your meals from the restaurant at any time to suit your individual plans. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Your room is a tranquil haven, perfect to unwind in a kimono, make love with your man, catch up with errands, write your travel journal and organize the photos of your trip. Let your worries melt away, de-stress and let the calming environment absorb you. Don't forget to have a walk around at sunset, nighttime or sunrise. The views of the hot spring are spectacular.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku Hotel, Minakami, 3.5*


Day 10 - Tuesday
Activities A La Carte
Tokyo gay tour - Imperial PalaceThis is a free day to carry out activities of your own choosing upon check-in back at Shinagawa's hotel.

Your tour guide will provide directions and relevant information on the activities you have chosen. Here are some recommendations:

Tokyo Flea Market, the largest in Japan, where you can find countless items and antiques related to Japanese culture at a very reasonable price.

Miraikan, the Museum of Emerging Science, featuring the most advanced humanoids such as Asimo.

Fuji TV headquarters, where you may find human-sized figures of the productions made by this broadcasting company, such as Dragon Ball or One Piece. You may enjoy outstanding views of Tokyo Bay from the top of this building.

Tokyo Skytree. With a height of 624m (2,080 ft) it 's the world's second tallest construction, only surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. You will find restaurants , coffee shops and stores inside the tower.

Kabuki or Noh theatre performance. It is possible to take part in a performance or to participate in a lesson of four hours carried by an expert where you will wear the real costume and mask, and will perform on a Noh stage.

Senso-ji temple, the oldest in Tokyo and one of the most important.

Imperial Palace and Gardens. Even though it's not possible to visit the palace itself, you may see it partially from outside.

Yasukuni Jinja and its adjacent museum of World War II.

Special events or festivals taking place on the day.

Tokyo National Museum. The oldest in Japan. It collects, houses, and displays a comprehensive collection of art works and antiquities from Japan. The museum also conducts research and investigations concerning its collection of books, rubbings, and photographs related to fine art.

Edo-Tokyo Museum. Its permanent exhibition, showcasing original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo≠Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Keikyu Exx In Hotel, Tokyo, 3*


Day 11 - Wednesday
Day Trip of Your Choice
This is the last full day you will be in Japan, so let's make it unforgettable!

You will be picked up at the hotel lobby after the breakfast, at 9:00am. According to the option chosen by your and your travel mates, one of these trips will follow to crown your Gay trip to the land of the Rising Sun:

Option 1:
Ushiku Buddha and Kamakura

Japan gay tour - Ushiku Buddha Just 1 hour away from Shinagawa station we will reach the overwhelming Ushiku Daibutsu (Ushiku Buddha), a statue that stands a total of 120 metres (390 feet) tall, including the 10-metre (33 feet) base and 10-metre lotus platform. As of 2017, it is one of the top three tallest statues in the world.

An elevator takes visitors up 85-metres (279 feet) to an observation floor. The statue depicts Amitabha Buddha and is made of bronze.

A 2-hour journey away from this amazing Buddha we will reach Kamakura by train. This city was the political centre of the country for about a century when the shogun Minamoto Yoritomo set it as headquarters of his government in 1192. Nowadays, Kamakura is the site of wonderful Buddhist temples, shrines and beaches.

Our picks are: the Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha), the Zenniarai Benten shrine, the Jufukuji temple, the Hokokuji temple, and the Jomyoji temple.

Kamakura features several hiking trails that may be skipped as the main spots of the area can easily be reached on foot on paved streets. Your tour guide will select the best way according to the walking pace of the group and the timing of the day.

Option 2:
Hakone Shrine

Japan gay tour - Hakone ShrineImmersed in the forest and facing a beautiful lake from which you can still see Mount Fuji, this is one of the most alluring shrines of Japan. The location is perfect for a postcard lookalike picture with your boyfriend or husband.

We will visit two shrines in the area: the Hakone Jinja and the Hakone Mototsumiya.

It takes 30 minutes by Shinkansen bullet train to reach Odawara station and then an additional 40 minutes by bus to Hakone shrine. A walk around the lakeside will lead to the ropeway that will take us to the Hakone Mototsumiya shrine. The best thing to do on top of the mount is to enjoy an open-air picnic and unwind in the natural beauty of the tranquil surroundings.

Option 3:
Mount Fuji

Japan gay tour - Mount FujiOur morning bus will take us to Kawaguchiko Lake, from where you will enjoy an awesome view of the majestic Mount Fuji reflected on the surface of the lake.

The next stop will take you to Oshino Hakkai (Eight Ponds of Oshino). You will have the chance to taste fresh fruit and local food at a medieval rural village.

After that we will arrive at Oshino Shinobi no Sato, well known for hosting old generations of real ninjas and its descendants. From its Japanese gardens you will keep a direct view of Mount Fuji. This village is ideal for a relaxed lunch.

Following this we will finally reach Japan's iconic national symbol and most sacred landmark: the tallest mountain in the country, Mount Fuji.

Regardless your day trip options for this day, a helicopter night cruise over Tokyo is scheduled at 8pm. We promised you at the beginning of today's description: your last day in Japan will be unforgettable!

Meals Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Keikyu Exx In Hotel, Tokyo, 3*


Day 12 - Thursday
Sumo Wrestlers / Departure
Japan gay tour - Sumo Wrestlers Travellers may leave their luggage at the hotel's counter during the day until it's time to depart for the airport.

Before you leave this wonderful country we have prepared a last experience to take home with you . Since this event takes place between 6 and 7am, we have set it as an optional activity.

Sumo wrestlers train every morning at their respective stables and we know how to find them. Get ready to witness how these Japanese titans collide with each other and shake the floor you stand on. This is not open to the public, so it's very unlikely to see anyone else around us, making this a very special event.

If you attend this event we suggest you to bring a small gift from your country to give away to the sumo fighters as an act of courtesy to let us in. Your tour guide will let you know if it is okay to take pictures inside the stable.

Gay travelers joining this amazing adventure come from different countries and cities around the world, so every traveller's departure time from the airport will differ. That makes it impossible for us to program other activities during this day, but you will have the option to spend the rest of your time in Japan as you wish, perhaps picking one of the options listed for Day 10.

This is not a farewell at all! We hope to see you very soon on the next trip!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Essential Japan gay tour map


What's Included:

• 11 Nights hotels and accommodations during the tour
- 5 nights at Granvia Kyoto Hotel in Kyoto
- 1 night at Fukuchi-in Temple Ryokan in Mount Koya
- 4 nights at Keikyu Exx In Hotel in Tokyo
- 1 night at Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku Hotel in Minakami
• Tour guide
• All trains, buses, taxis, and ropeways mentioned in this itinerary
• All breakfasts, 2 dinners
• Admission/Entrance fees for all temples, shrines, museums and sightseeing spots of the itinerary except on your free days (Days 5 and 10).
• A pocket router carried by your tour guide that will allow you to browse the internet throughout the itinerary except on your free days


Japan gay tour - Fushimi Inari shrine


Not Included:

• Return flights
• Visa expenses, if required
• Expenses of personal nature
• Meals throughout the entire tour other than mentioned
• Any other item not mentioned above
• Insurance, tips and everything not listed as Included

All Meals Included Additional Package
For your comfort, breakfast, lunch and dinner during the whole itinerary will be paid by the tour guide, except on the two free days of the route. Please note that orders cannot be shared with other participants on the trip unless they also join this option. This service includes the company of the tour guide even on days when the dinning choice is free (up to 1 hour).
890 EUR per person.

Tailor-made private tour on free days. Personal quotation required. Subject to availability of the tour guide. To be paid upon landing to Japan on Day 1, in Japanese yen only.


Japan gay tour - Fushimi Inari Taisha


Tour Hotels

Granvia Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto

Granvia Kyoto Hotel, KyotoElegant Haven of Modern Comfort and Style - Convenient Location and Superb Accessibility - Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building Complex, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan including Osaka, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

Granvia Kyoto Hotel roomWith its elegant accommodations, including 536 beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The inclusion of 15 meeting and banquet rooms, a 1400-seat ballroom, 11 restaurants & bars, and fitness facilities makes Hotel Granvia Kyoto the premier destination for international travelers to Ďhang their hatí, whether that be for business or leisure. Deluxe accommodations and superb convenience are the hallmarks of Hotel Granvia Kyoto.


Fukuchi-in Temple Ryokan, Mount Koya

Fukuchi-in Temple Ryokan, Mount KoyaLocated at the heart of Mount Koya, Koyasan Onsen Fukuchiin Shukubo offers Japanese-style accommodations in a historical Buddhist temple. Guests can refresh in the public hot-spring baths, experience Shakyo Sutra transcriptions or attend Buddhist morning services. Koyasan Cable Car Station is a 10-minute drive away and guests can take the public bus to Koya Police Station Bus Stop, which is located right by the property.

The Japanese-style rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a safety deposit box and a TV. Some rooms come with garden views and a private toilet. All guests share bathrooms.

Fukuchi-in Temple Ryokan roomThere are a public indoor and open-air hot-spring baths and guests can also refresh in the sauna rooms. You can relax by looking out into the traditional garden made by a famous landscape artist, Shigemori Mirei, and purchase gifts at the souvenir shop. Daily newspapers and luggage storage is available at the front desk.

Traditional Buddhist vegetarian dishes are served for breakfast. Guests who wish to have dinner must make a request in advance. All meals are served at the guests' rooms or the dining room.


Keikyu Exx In Hotel, Tokyo

Fukuchi-in Temple Ryokan, Mount KoyaConveniently located only a 3-minute walk from the Takanawa Exit of Shinagawa Station. Keikyu Exx In Hotel Shinagawa-Station offers quick and easy access to Haneda Airport, downtown Tokyo and Yokohama, perfect for business or pleasure. All guestrooms are equipped with a free high speed internet access and free Wi-Fi.

Keikyu EX Inn Shinagawa features a restaurant and a bar where guests can relax of an evening with a meal and a drink. There is also a range of breakfast options on offer every morning.

Keikyu Exx In Hotel roomEvery room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms feature a sitting area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room has a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub. Extras include slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

There are a variety of amenities on offer to those staying at the hotel, including a hair salon, a laundry service and a coffee bar.


Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku Hotel, Minakami

Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku HotelBoasting hot spring baths in a spectacular outdoor setting by Takaragawa River, Japanese-style hotel Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku is a 10-minute drive from Hodaigi Ski Resort. It offers free Wi-Fi at the lobby and a free station transfer.

Rooms feature a serene Japanese interior with a tatami (woven-straw) floor, a TV and shoji sliding screens, which open to a relaxing seating area. Guests sleep in comfortable futon bedding, while amenities include yukata robes, a washstand and an attached toilet. Bathroom facilities are shared.

Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku Hotel roomGuests can relax in an indoor or outdoor public hot spring bath, unwind with a massage or browse the souvenir shop.

A Japanese or Western breakfast is served in the dining room every morning. A kaiseki multi-course dinner or a Japanese and Western buffet dinner is served. Kaiseki multi-course meals and buffet dinners are offered in the dining room.


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Trip Notes

Pick your own flight
Pick the flight that best suits your needs. Just make sure that you will land in Japan the same day as the rest of the group and we will be punctually at the airport waiting for you!

Your hotel is handpicked
We personally check and filter the best hotels to ensure the best location and comfort. You will even have the choice to sleep at Japanese-style rooms with tatami floor and traditional futons.

Guided all the way
From your arrival to your departure, you will always be accompanied by your travel guide throughout the whole itinerary. You also have the choice to request a private tour on your free days during the trip.

Gastronomy a la carte
Enjoy the Japanese gastronomy in local restaurants and izakaya food pubs. Every night you will be given several choices of restaurants to dine in on your own if the guide's choice is not to your liking.

Photography service
Pictures are the best way to share your experience with your friends, so we have prepared an optional photography service to immortalize your best moments during your trip to Japan.

Enjoy a different trip!
Our trips are designed to delight you with the most traditional essence of Japan, carefully mixed with the local gay scene and culture. Your tour guide and travel mates are all gay, so just be yourself!


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Before Departing

Depending on your nationality and country of residence you might need to obtain a visa before arriving to Japan. Citizens of the European Union may visit Japan without visa for a period up to 90 days. Please contact the nearest consulate of Japan for more info.

Health Insurance Japan does not provide free healthcare. We suggest to contract a health insurance to cover eventual needs during your trip.

Currency exchange
Your trip starts in Kyoto and we advise to exchange your money in this city. There is a currency exchange office right in front of Kyoto train station that applies a very low commission. Otherwise you might want to exchange in your country of origin. Passengers arriving without Japanese yen will need to exchange at the airport at least to cover expenses of the first two days of the tour.

Phone calls and data
It is highly recommended to enable the roaming service of your mobile phone provider before departing to Japan. Unlike other countries, obtaining a local SIM card in Japan is very difficult and you may need to call your tour guide in case of emergency during your trip.


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What to bring in your luggage

Bring a small bag packed full of essential medicines with you like cold and flu tablets, hay fever/allergy medicine, ibuprofen and paracetamol. Japanese medicines are much weaker than Western ones and the timetable of the pharmacies is very limited.

Wearing shoes that are easy to slip on and off is highly advisable. Japan is a country where you have to remove your shoes in plenty of places: temples, shrines, homes, certain restaurants and shops, etc.

Power adapter
Most hotels provide it, but they do not have enough for all guests.

Mobile phone with roaming service enabled.

Tissues and hand sanitizer. Public toilets run out of toilet paper and hand soap very often.

Your printed copy of the Japanese food guide provided by Go!GayJAPAN. Very likely to be used everyday.

Travel light
Bringing heavy suitcases might turn a wonderful trip into a headache. The lighter you travel the easier is to move around.


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Culture awareness

• Customers with tattoos are not allowed onto hot springs, saunas and public swimming pools. This is set to prevent yakuza members to join these facilities.

Smoking on the street is prohibited. There are designated areas to do so in restaurants and public spaces.

Being loud and body contact are big no-nos in Japan. Modesty in the way you communicate with others is highly appreciated by locals.

• Japanese kids are the cutest ever, but approaching them or taking pictures is seriously frowned upon by adults.

• It is unlikely to see Japanese couples kissing or holding hands in the streets and many people will advise to do the same. However, young generations are eager to break that rule and watching foreigners showing affection in public may help. Just keep a certain degree of discretion when showing up your love on the streets.

• It is a requirement to keep quiet when using the public transportation. That includes to switch your phone to silent mode.

• Your tour guide will inform you about a full range of aspects you should consider during your trip to Japan. Most of them are based on common sense, so if you are naturally a polite person you will have no problems at all.


24 Kaikan Shinjuku Gay Sauna


24 Kaikan Shinjuku Gay Sauna

This sauna deserves an entry in our website simply because is by far the largest, popular and very best of all saunas in Japan.

While old gay saunas - and even other saunas of the 24 kaikan chain - lack of hygiene and good facilities, 24 Kaikan Shinjuku is a must during your stay in Tokyo.

Its 5 stories building and its ideal location makes it attractive for all sorts of crowds, from university students to business executives of the entire capital.


24 Kaikan Shinjuku Gay Sauna Tokyo


On the 1st floor, where the entrance is located, you may find:
- The lockers where you can leave your clothes and to pick up your bathrobe and a towel.
- A snack and pre-cooked food room (noodles, pasta, etc.).
- A large room where we can watch three different TV screens lying down in a very comfortable reclining armchair.
- Tons of vending machines filled with all sorts of hot and cold beverages.

On the 2nd floor we find:
- A solarium with six UV units.
- Japanese style and Western style showers (some of them fitted with a gloryhole on it).
- Three jakuzzi pools at a different temperature.
- Sling and other devicesí room.
- Steam, humid and dry saunas.


24 Kaikan Shinjuku Tokyo Gay Sauna


On the 3rd floor are located the wide rooms where the couples that Cupido has united go to consummate their love. Although there are bunk beds in most of these rooms, Japanese men prefer to sleep or to enjoy sex on the soft flooring.

The 4th floor counts with a smoking room and a few open rooms with different lighting levels, one of them furnished with TVís displaying porn movies.

Once in a while the staff announces upcoming cleaning procedures during which itís necessary to evacuate certain areas of the sauna to allow the maintenance works.

For those who prefer total privacy, the 5th floor offers a wide number of hotel style private rooms fitted with bed, TV, air conditioning, telephone, private bathroom and the corresponding key so whatever happens inside remains inside.

Our Essential Japan Tour include a visit to 24 Kaikan Shinjuku!


Japan gay tour guide - Oscar


Meet Your Guide

Founder of Go!GayJAPAN, tour guide, former cabin crew and news editor. Adventurer, animal lover and all around good dude.

Oscar's Story
The first time I went to Japan I was only 18 years old. That was not a surprise to my family, I had always dream of living in Asia since I was a little kid. The initial idea was to make a quick trip to browse around Japan, but suddenly I felt prey of a strong magnetism in the air. The sounds, the lights, the tone of the voices, the peaceful feeling that soaks everything, the tiny objects, the shrines and temples, the language, the smiles, the underground culture of anime and manga, the history...

So I decided to stay and to start a new and unexpected life in that fascinating island. Soon I started a new job as Spanish teacher and in parallel I joined an editorial team of a newspaper in Tokyo.

After my over four years in Japan I decided to open a coffee shop in Philippines. Later on I sold it out and moved to London, where I joined British Airways as cabin crew member for two more years.

But Japan was still there, deep inside my heart. Always considered my second homeland. Always present in my personality and thoughts. So the best idea ever came to my mind: why not to enjoy Japan with gay people from all over the world? And then Go!GayJAPAN was born.


Oscar - Gay Japan tour guide


What I bring to this trip
Honestly I think that there are tons of professional tourist guides that may know much more than me about the history of the monuments that we will be visiting. They might be even native speakers. They are meticulous, well trained and everything is perfectly planned.

Once ago I joined myself a guided group tour in China. I felt myself immersed in a flock of sheep always running from spot A to spot B, always surrounded by thousands of tourists who follow exactly the same path. Because everything was just a business. That is how I learnt the way it shouldn't be.

I take this work very seriously, but at the same time I want to consider you my friend and that is how I will treat you. My goal is to create good memories, to have lots of fun and laughs together. I'm always willing to go the extra mile to make your trip unforgettable.

I'm an adventurer by nature, and I would love to meet people alike. You might not believe it, but I have never been to some of the destinations included in the most exotic itineraries of the website. I want to discover them with you, side by side, so we will both let Japan to fascinate us at the same time. There is always room for surprises, for improvisation, and of course for suggestions that I'm very open to take into consideration.


Gay Japan tour guide - Oscar


What's so gay in these tours
Knowing that all travelers are gay is always a comfortable feeling. That brings you freedom to talk about any subject, to share your stories with the rest of the group. Who wouldn't want to walk hand-in-hand with his boyfriend in a gay group?

If we are lucky we will assist gay events such as the Penis Festival, the Rainbow Pride or the Nude Party in the streets of Japan.

On the other hand we might visit isolated areas such as forests or inhabited islands where you can practice nudism or to make love with your partner in the nature. I don't plan to set any limits with this regards, so just focus on enjoying!

And who knows? Maybe you meet Mr. Right during your trip :)


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Essential Japan Gay Tour Prices

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Prices are per person in EUR.

Small Group Surcharge (EUR 1,000 pp) may be applied if less than 6 travelers in group.

50% deposit is required at time of booking,
Balance payment not later than 90 days before the trip.

Price does not include payment card charges.

All Meals Included Additional Package
For your comfort, breakfast, lunch and dinner during the whole itinerary will be paid by the tour guide, except on the two free days of the route.
890 EUR per person.


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