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Cafe & Bar Donyoku

Have a foot bath and grab a pint, this is your new queer hangout spot.

Whether you’re there for lunch, dinner or just to meet friends before migrating to the clubs for the night, Donyoku welcomes you with open arms.

Opened in 2018 by three queer women—Kei Izumi, Kaori Ooji and Satoko Nagamura—Cafe & Bar Donyoku is in the heart of Tokyo’s LGBTQ community of Shinjuku Ni-chome. At this inclusive cafe, patrons are encouraged to relax and freely express their identities.

Food and comfort in Ni-chome

Cafe & Bar Donyoku

Creature comforts for guests, including footbaths and LGBTQ-themed books.

Donyoku is spacious, sunny and colorful, with large windows, rainbow art and hammocks. Its most distinctive feature is its foot baths—warm tubs of water built under the floor tables by the windows. This water is clean and filtered and gives diners a spa experience while they eat and drink.

Adjacent to the floor tables and footbaths, Donyoku has larger western-style seating, suitable for groups of up to six, as well as counter seating with wall outlets for folks who want to work on their laptops.

Cafe & Bar Donyoku

Drinks include both cafe classics and barroom wines and cocktails, painstakingly garnished to Instagram quality.

Foodwise, Donyoku’s menu consists of four categories: Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (including a vegan banh mi), roast beef plates (understandably, no vegan options), salads and desserts. Some atypical dishes, like chili con carne, are thrown into the mix, as well as snack dishes served at bar time from 7 p.m. onwards.

Things To Know

How to find it

Cafe & Bar Donyoku is only a block away from the 7-Eleven, the unofficial meeting place of all party-goers in Ni-chome. Though on the second floor, Donyoku is in a building with an elevator and has made its interior design wheelchair accessible.

Hours and Fees

Donyoku is open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., with bar time starting at 7 p.m., and closed Tuesdays. There is no entry fee, though there is a ¥400 charge for alcohol during bar time. Party reservations and special dining plans are also possible.

Official website: http://donyoku.dosl2018.net/

How To Get There


2-chōme-7-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0022, Japan

By train

The closest station is Shinjuku-Sanchome Station, which is about three minutes away.

By foot

It is also around 10 minutes’ walk from Shinjuku Station, and within a few blocks radius of most Ni-chome clubs and bars.

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