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Urue Bar

For ladies only!

While there are over a hundred bars in Tokyo’s famous gay district Shinjuku Ni-chome, only a handful are for women who like women. If a fun night out in Ni-chome has left you wondering where all the gay women go, you might find your answer over in Ikebukuro at Lesbian Bar Urue.

Urue was Ikebukuro’s first lesbian bar, opening in 2013 and it’s a much more chill version of its Ni-chome sisters, Goldfinger and Adezakura. It’s conveniently located just a few minutes north of Shinjuku on the train!

Photo by: Kelsey Lark Urue is totally low-key and easy to miss, so look for this sign!

An electrifying night out in Ni-chome is an essential for LGBT travelers in Tokyo, but it can be exhausting. Urue offers lesbian patrons a less male-centered and more relaxed hangout.

Ikebukuro isn’t just for anime

Ikebukuro is a huge urban neighborhood in Tokyo, but it’s nowhere near the same scale as Shinjuku. The northwest side of the station, where Urue calls home, is much more low-key than Ni-chome.

Ikebukuro has become somewhat of a pilgrimage site for anime fans, with the largest anime store worldwide located just a few minutes’ walk away from the station. Marketed as being more female-friendly than the shady Akihabara district, Ikebukuro should definitely be added to any lesbian’s itinerary for gay travel in Tokyo. Pick up the latest anime goods and manga before dropping by Urue.

Bar Urue in Ikeburkuro's couch

Photo by: Bar Urue The intimate bar in Ikebukuro is like drinking at a friend’s house.

Visiting Urue

Dimly lit candles at the entrance offer guests a warm welcome. Inside, you’ll find comfy velvet sofas in the back and several chairs at the bar. On Urue’s official Twitter page, they explain that many newcomers to the lesbian scene visit and are welcome there.

The owner, Aya, is very friendly and talkative. She regularly holds singles meetups at the bar, which are highly recommended if you’re looking for love or just friends. Be aware that many of the patrons are locals though and not everyone can speak English. Be sure to brush up on your Japanese skills before signing up!

Photo by: Bar Urue Drinks start from ¥700.

The menu at Urue is complete with both domestic and imported alcoholic drinks starting from ¥700. Light snacks are also available.

Things To Know

Gender exclusivity

Please note the bar is restricted to female identifying patrons only.

Hours and fees

Urue is open from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekdays and until 1:30 a.m. on weekends. The cover charge is ¥500.

How To Get There


2-61-15 Ikebukuro Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0014

By train

It’s about an eight-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro station’s West exit. The bar is located on the first floor of a building called “コヤマビル”. Here are directions from Ikebukuro station.

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