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Japan Kyoto to Tokyo gay tour

Japan Gay Tour
Kyoto to Tokyo

Ancient Tradition, Modern Civilization & A Cultural Obsession

Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Lake Ashi, Tokyo, and more!

10 Days from Osaka to Tokyo, Japan

November 02 – 11, 2024
November 08 – 17, 2025

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Gay Japan tour Join our all-gay tour of Japan celebrating ancient tradition, modern civilization, and a cultural obsession with cuteness. Japan is a universe unto itself—a tiny country that combines ancient history with unprecedented innovation. Our tour begins in Osaka then takes us to Kyoto (which is now technically part of Osaka, to give you a sense of the island’s density). After bowing to the friendly deer in Nara Park, we continue to Tokyo—the biggest megacity of them all. So grab your Hello Kitty backpack, choose your Pikachu, and loosen those stretchy pants…between the street food, cooking class, public markets and gourmet restaurants we’ll eat so much Japanese food it will be anything but kawaii.

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Japan Gay Tour - Kyoto to Tokyo Highlights

• Ride the Shinkansen bullet train

• Admire Mt Fuji from a Pirate Boat on Lake Ashi

• Wander Osaka’s Dotonburi District and devour delectable street food

• Meet the friendly deer of Nara Park that bow politely for treats

• Wander through a surreal grove of towering bamboo (do NOT forget your camera)

• Dress up like traditional samurai warriors and flash your swords at each other

• Wander through an open-air museum where world-famous sculptures are only confined by the nature around them

• Check out Tokyo’s seriously dense gay scene, with the most bars per capita on Earth

• Wander through colourful Harajuku where you could pick up something cute at one of their adorable critter cafés


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Japan Gay Tour - Kyoto to Tokyo Itinerary

Day 1 - Osaka, Japan / Arrival Day
Kon’nichiwa – welcome to Japan!

Things kick off with a Group Meeting at 6 PM where you can meet your guide and fellow travelers.

After our Welcome Dinner you can make it an early night or grab a drink with the group at a local gay-friendly bar.

Please note: an arrival transfer is not included in this itinerary, however detailed instructions for transportation to the hotel will be included in your trip documents.

Hotel: Zentis Osaka Hotel, Osaka, 4*


Japan gay tour - Osaka Castle


Day 2 - Osaka, Japan
For our first full day we’ll wake up to a morning tour of essential sights like Osaka Castle and Kuromon Ichiba – the local market that’s equally popular with top chefs, home cooks and tourists.

Enjoy lunch on your own or with fellow travelers then rest up in the afternoon.

Tonight we head to the neon lights of Dotonbori for a street food tour, where you may taste kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers), okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) and takoyaki (octopus balls).

Hotel: Zentis Osaka Hotel, Osaka, 4*


Japan gay tour - Todaiji Castle


Day 3 - Nara / Kyoto
Oh my Bambi – this might be the cutest start to any day. We’re off to Nara city, where you can ‘fawn’ over a thousand docile deer that live in its namesake park: the animals politely nod to request a treat, and are at ease with all their admirers.

Here you’ll also find Todaiji – one of the Seven Great Temples of Buddhism – and Kasuga, the family shrine of the Fujiwara clan. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For lunch we’ll slurp savoury ramen noodles, then check out Nijo Castle.

After checking into our new hotel a Group Dinner is included tonight.

Hotel: Cross Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto, 4*, Standard Room


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Day 4 - Kyoto - Fushimi Inari
Today begins early with a taxi ride to Fushimi Inari, a shrine beloved for the hundreds of distinct red torii arches that line the main trails.

Following breakfast back at the hotel more photo ops await. We’ll visit Arashiyama – the city’s towering bamboo grove – and three Buddhist temples: Tenryuji, Kinkakuji, and Kiyomizudera.

Tonight you can make your own plans for dinner or join the larger group. Since we have a lazy morning tomorrow, why not check out Kyoto’s gay scene?

Hotel: Cross Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto, 4*, Standard Room


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Day 5 - Kyoto - Samurai Experience
Grab brunch at your leisure – we don’t converge until 12:30PM for a samurai experience. You’ll learn about the warriors, dress up in costume, and even wield the traditional sword.

Our last activity before an afternoon break will be Zen Meditation.

Tonight we’ll go shopping at Nishiki market, then head to a cooking class to prepare our own dinner with some delicious sake.

Hotel: Cross Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto, 4*, Standard Room


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Day 6 - Hakone
Today we continue to Hakone on the Shinkansen, aka Japan’s bullet train. Why not enjoy a Bento Box for lunch onboard?

Our only plan this afternoon is a walk through the Open Air Museum. With sculptures by Picasso and Henry Moore it lets you encounter art in a park-like setting.

We’ll stay in a traditional ryokan inn tonight, where you can partake in a steamy onsen (a traditional Japanese hot spring/bathing experience).

Please note: if you have tattoos that can’t be covered with a bandage or swimsuit/t-shirt, there is a chance you will be denied entry to the onsen.

Hotel: Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, Hakone, 4.5*, Superior Room with Onsen Bath


Japan gay tour - Lake Ashi & Mt Fuji


Day 7 - Tokyo / Lake Ashi
Today we’re off to Tokyo with a stop at Lake Ashi en route.

We’ll even take a ride on a colourful pirate boat that gives us excellent photo opportunities in front of Japan’s highest volcano: Mt Fuji.

Once we arrive in the world’s biggest super city and check in to our hotel, consider joining us for an optional dinner in the Shinjuku entertainment district.

Hotel: Groove Shinjuku Hotel, Tokyo, 4*, Standard Room


Tokyo gay tour - Imperial Palace


Day 8 - Tokyo (Shinjuku)
Today we are going to see some of the most impressive sights in Tokyo, so ensure your batteries are charged and you’re prepared for the madness.

The Imperial Palace is where the Emperor resides, and is built on the site of the former Edo Castle.

Asakusa is a more traditional neighbourhood, and walking through here gives one a sense of what Tokyo felt like a few years ago.

If you want to join us for an optional ramen lunch, nothing beats a bowl in authentic Japanese surroundings.

Finally, after tonight’s dinner in Shinjuku, we’ll enjoy a gay sake bar tour.

Hotel: Groove Shinjuku Hotel, Tokyo, 4*, Standard Room


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Day 9 - Tokyo (Harajuku and Shibuya)
or our gay Japan tour’s final full day, we’ll take Tokyo’s wonderfully efficient public transportation to visit the Meiji Shrine, set amidst a 70-hectare forest.

From here we can wander through colourful and cute Harajuku, and see the madness of Shibuya, an entertainment and business district that’s home to the world’s two busiest train stations.

Our Farewell Dinner tonight marks the official end of this historic tour. All we can say is Doumo Arigatou!

Hotel: Groove Shinjuku Hotel, Tokyo, 4*, Standard Room


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Day 10 - Tokyo / Departure Day
As the last day of our tour, no activities are planned and you may depart at your leisure.

Please note: a departure transfer is not included, but your group leader will provide clear instructions to get to the airport of choice.


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What's Included

• Accommodation

• All breakfasts (9), 2 lunches and 7 dinners

• Transportation by private coach and train

• Expert local English-speaking Tour Leader and Host

• Hotel porterage


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Not Included

• International airfare

• Arrival & departure transfers. Detailed arrival and departure instructions will be provided.

• Gratuities to guides and drivers

• Alcoholic drinks not included with meals unless stated in the itinerary

• Items of a personal nature

• Visa fees

Travel insurance - mandatory for all travellers.


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Trip Notes

Japan Visa
Citizens of Canada, the USA, and most of Europe do not need a visa for short-term visits.

Culture Shock
Japan offers one of the most technologically advanced societies on Earth. It’s incredibly safe to visit and crime rates are low.

Local LGBT Scene
Japan offers a perplexing gay scene. Tokyo has the highest concentration of gay bars on Earth, but it can be tough to find one that welcomes foreign visitors. Many locals also remain in the closet, and even marry the opposite sex, despite mainstream acceptance of homosexuality.

We visit in the fall, sparing us from the oppressive humidity of summer and unpredictable winter months.


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Required Vaccinations
We recommend routine and measles vaccines, but to determine if you should take further preventative measures, talk to your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

You will need an international travel plug/adapter for Type A and B sockets.

Japan is utterly well connected. You will not want for wi-fi or cellular service.

Travel Insurance
For everybody’s peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $200,000.

Arrival & Departure Transfers
We typically include arrival and departure transfers, however costs for private services are cost prohibitive and vary widely based on the airport you are arriving to and departing from. Detailed instructions will be provided in your final trip documents, and if you wish you can purchase a private transfer. Expect prices to be in excess of 200 USD for a one-way transfer in a small sedan.


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All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 7 dinners are included on this trip.

Japans local currency is the Yen (JPY). Credit cards are widely accepted, but keep money handy. Cash remains hugely popular in this high-tech society. We also recommend you bring about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

We’ve covered the gratuities for included activities, meals, and our local Tour Guide. You’ll only need to offer a tip on any extra drinks or services you buy on the trip.

What to bring
Our adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you’ll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don’t keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.

Optional Activities
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to learn what’s available.


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How We Travel
Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever’s on the itinerary – from fireside camping to five-star decadence – our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Your Guide
All Out Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide.Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you’d like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you’re pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day…they’ll certainly appreciate it!

Flying Solo
If you’ve never travelled on your own, it’s an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. If there’s an odd number of solos, we’ll rotate a single room on a random basis.

Accommodation in Japan
Hotel rooms in Japan are very small, so expect very little extra space. Solo travellers sharing a twin room should expect fairly tight quarters.


Zentis Osaka Hotel


Starting Point Hotel
Zentis Osaka Hotel, Osaka
Attractively located in Osaka, Zentis Osaka has air-conditioned rooms, a fitness center, free WiFi and a garden. Each room at the 5-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a shared lounge and to a terrace. Guests can have a drink at the bar.

The rooms at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. The private bathroom is equipped with a bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. At Zentis Osaka rooms contain bed linen and towels.


Zentis Osaka Hotel room


Breakfast is available each morning, and includes à la carte, continental and Full English/Irish options. At the accommodation you'll find a restaurant serving International cuisine. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options can also be requested.

Round-the-clock assistance is available at the reception, where staff speak English, Spanish, Japanese and Korean.


Groove Shinjuku Hotel


Finishing Point Hotel
Groove Shinjuku Hotel, Tokyo
Brand new Groove Shinjuku Hotel, A Parkroyal Hotel is the perfect base not only for steeping yourself in the after-notes of the emotions and joys you experience at entertainment venues, but for partying until you drop in Kabukicho, Shinjuku.

Selected artworks and music bring color to the hotel interior, while guest rooms are focused on ease of use so they feel like your home away from home. The lower part of the reception floor acts as a social forum to connect both locals and travelers. It is home to the hotel’s restaurant and bar, as well as an open terrace and party room that can be used for wedding receptions.


Groove Shinjuku Hotel room


Guest rooms where you can soak up the afterglow of excitement from various entertainment spots while immersing yourself in culture, such as the history of Shinjuku's Kabukicho and the art and music that are constantly being created here.

One minute on foot from Seibu-Shinjuku Station of the Seibu Shinjuku Line; Seven minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station on the JR lines, Odakyu Line, or Keio Line; Eight minutes on foot from Shinjuku-sanchome Station.


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Japan Gay Tour - Kyoto to Tokyo Prices

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Per person
$ (USD)

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy

$ 7,795

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy

$ 8,295

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Optional Single Supplement: $1,600

Min. $750 deposit required.
Remaining balance collected min. 90 days prior to departure.


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