Region
Kanto
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Saitama
Population
6,938,004

4 LGBT Bars in Saitama

Tokyo can’t have all the fun. Check out some of Saitama’s own LGBT bars and haunts.

Sure, Tokyo has Shinjuku Ni-Chome and Osaka has Doyamacho, the epicenters for gay culture in Japan, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a gay old time closer to your local rural community.

Saitama, while lacking the more unified areas for LGBT establishments, does boast several bars across the prefecture. And, if you’re willing to flex your Japanese skills, you might just make a new friend or two!

Bar Racoon

Inconspicuous, yet very close to Omiya station, this gay bar is small but quaint, typical of any average Japanese bar. They frequently host events, which they advertise on their Twitter page. Be careful, however, as the bar is aimed exclusively at men seeking men. If you’re a woman or with a women, fret not: there are plenty of inclusive bars, too!

🏳️‍🌈 Men seeking men.

⏱ Sun-Thur 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Closed on Tuesdays. Open until 3 a.m. on Fri, Sat and holidays.

📍〒330-0846, 2 Chome-28 Daimonchō, Ōmiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken 330-0846. About 10 walk from Omiya station (east exit). Located on 3F of the building “第一松ビル”.

Gazen Futa

Gazen Futa is there for anyone in Kumagaya, Saitama, just looking for a bit of community. Futa is the name of the bar’s friendly mama, and the space is open to any and all genders. It’s also a hot venue for numerous events and drag shows. It’s worth the trip to Kumagaya!

🏳️‍🌈 Anyone.

⏱ Mon-Sat 9 p.m. until the last customer. Closed on Sunday, unless it is before a holiday.

📍〒360-0044 Saitama-ken, Kumagaya-shi, Yayoi, 2 Chome−10. About 5 minutes from Kumagaya station (north exit). #102 in the building “ローヤルマンション熊谷”.

Dolphin Crew

A bar with a similar vibe to Bar Racoon, with the same clientele (gay men only), which it flatly says on the Dolphin Crew Twitter page, which is also bejeweled with Dolphin emojis. It’s located in Minami Urawa, which is the southern ward of Saitama city.

Photo by: Dolphin Crew

🏳️‍🌈 Men seeking men.

⏱ Mon-Thur 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Weekends 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Closed on Tues and every third Wednesday.

📍〒336-0017 Saitama-ken, Saitama-shi, Minami-ku, Minamiurawa, 2 Chome−32 About a 10-minute walk from Minami-Urawa station (east exit). Located in B1 of the building “パルファム南浦和”.

Neko Manma

This unique bar in Koshigaya is open to men, women and especially drag queens/crossdressers! The bar will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. They also seem to have a penchant for cats, so if that’s your thing… Check out their Twitter page if you don’t believe us.

🏳️‍🌈 Drag queens, crossdressers

⏱ Tue-Sat 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

📍〒343-0024 Saitama-ken, Koshigaya-shi, Koshigaya, 1 Chome-13-16. About a 10-minute from Koshigaya station (east exit).

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Things To Know

Of Note

Most of these bars do not have official websites, so we have either provided Twitter pages or another site.

How To Get There

Address

Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Where To Stay

Royal Pines Hotel Urawa
  • Nakamachi 2-5-1 Saitama-Shi, Saitama 330-0062
  • 8.5/10
  • 0.7 km
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Urawa Washington Hotel
  • Urawa-ku Takasago 2-1-19 Saitama-Shi, Saitama 330-0063
  • 7.5/10
  • 1.0 km
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Hotel Bell House
  • Takasago 1-8-14 Saitama-Shi, Saitama 330-0063
  • 5.7/10
  • 1.1 km
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Rainbow guesthouse (Female only)
  • Sakura-ku Nishibori 10-9-19 Saitama-Shi, Saitama 338-0832
  • 9.4/10
  • 1.5 km
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