Visiting Tokyo and want to try out the city’s gay saunas and massage spas? Here’s a list of some of the best.
4F, Fukutomi Building
Minato-ku, Tel.+81 050 1563 8431
weekday - 12:00 - 23:00, weekend - 12:00 - 23:00
bedroom, relaxing cabins, dark room (卧室, 放松舱, 暗室) Updated: 01-14-2013
Not a bathhouse, but a popular cruising and relaxation club for gay guys that welcomes people of all ages, types and nationalities. TREFF (formerly known as Treffpunkt) is located not in Shinjuku but in a quiet neighborhood of Akasaka in Minato ward. Features include private rooms, oral rooms, lounge area, smoking area. There is a cover charge. Discounts apply for gym members, youth 18-22 years old (ID required), groups of 3 or more people, and couples. Check TREFF’s website for special events.
2-13-1 Shinjuku Ni-Chome, Tel.+81 03 3354 2424
bar, bedroom, restaurant, steam room, sauna, relaxing cabins, gym (酒吧, 卧室, 餐厅, 蒸汽房, 桑拿, 放松舱, 健身房) Updated: 01-14-2013
Popular gay sauna in Ni-Chome with three locations including Ueno and Asakasa. With 8 floors, 24 Kaikan Shinjuku is the biggest cruising sauna in the area. Foreigners are welcome. Upon entry, you may be asked to show your passport. The procedure is: put your shoes in the locker and change into slippers, buy admission ticket from the vending machine, take the shoe locker key and ticket to the front desk, and receive a locker key and a bag with robe, face cloth, and bath towel.
There is a dry sauna, steam room, communal bath, tanning beds, video room and private rooms. The reception floor has a snack room. The rooftop floor is also equipped with a suntan room and a cold bathtub. Private rooms are expensive, so most action takes place in the common rooms. If you’re planning on spending the night there, trying to get some sleep may be a challenge, especially on the crowded weekends. As the name indicates, this place is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
5-9-6 Shinjuku-ku 1F UI Building, Tel.+81 03 3226 4448
weekday - 15:00 - 10:00, weekend - 24 hours
bedroom, sauna (卧室, 桑拿) Updated: 01-14-2013
A small, dimly-lit sauna for mostly younger crowd, HX is a popular spot for after-hours fun. It is patronized mainly by locals, and not everyone is allowed in (long hair not allowed). Located in Shinjuku close to Ni-Chome. Cross the big main street Yasukuni-Dori that goes past Ni-Chome – between Shinjuku 1 Kita and Shinjuku 5 Higashi intersections – and go down the alley, just to the right of Mos Burger. Opens 24 hours on the weekend.
3-13-3 #202 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku, Tel.+81 03 6304 0792
weekday - 15:00 - 24:00, weekend - 12:00 - 24:00
You can probably guess that Masquerade is not a sauna, but a gay cruise club. It is located near Shinjuku featuring weekly themed events. Masquerade welcomes men of all nationalities. Open daily until midnight. Take JR Yamanote Line – Takadanobaba St Waseda Exit.
weekday - 13:00 - 24:00, weekend - 13:00 - 24:00
massage (按摩) Updated: 04-06-2013
Exclusively gay male massage spa in Shinjuku offering a range of massage and reflexology treatments in private rooms. Clients can select from a number of trained, muscular therapists. Located just one-minute walk from Nishi-5-Chome station. Online reservations taken in both Japanese and English. Full address given with reservation confirmation. Out-call services also available.
Shinjuku 7-chome, Shinjuku, Tel.+81 090 6127 0993
weekday - 13:00 - 22:00 (closed on Wednesdays), weekend - 13:00 - 22:00
massage (按摩) Updated: 03-31-2013
Professional massage service in Shinjuku area specializing in oil massages including Temple Complex, Balinese and Lom Lomi. Out-calls available. Open from 1pm – 10pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
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