JAPAN, although built on values more formal and conservative than any Western nation, is one of Asia’s most liberal nations when it comes to LGBT rights.
Acceptance of the globally marginalised community hasn’t yet been introduced into national policy or laws but the Japanese society, in general, consistently indicate support for gender equality.
Japan does not yet recognise same-sex marriage but local governments have made efforts towards using local ordinances to recognise these partnerships, including in the cities of Iga and Takarazuka, as well as in Tokyo.
Corporations are also demonstrating the same tolerance towards the community, with some companies introducing policies such as allowing leave for marriage, childbirth and home care to both same-sex and heterosexual couples.
In Tokyo, Shinjuku’s 2-Chome district is even known to be the heart of the city’s LGBT community.
Home to Tokyo’s main gay bar scene and the world’s highest concentration of gay bars in a single area, the vibrant Shinjuku 2-Chome boasts an abundance of astonishingly colourful bars, clubs, cafes, love hotels, gay pride boutiques, and more.
Aside from being one of the best LGBT districts in the world, it is also extremely foreign tourist-friendly, no doubt a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.
While accommodation options are aplenty, one international hotel in the area is set to tap into the LGBT community by offering a special accommodation package.
Located in the skyscraper district of Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan, the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is a large, luxurious establishment just a few blocks west of Shinjuku Station.
The lavish hotel offers everything you need for an unforgettable stay in Tokyo, from the convenience of its location to spacious rooms and topnotch service, to spectacular views of the sprawling Japanese city from just about anywhere in the hotel.
In a statement, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo said the package includes access to its 45th floor Premier Grand Club Lounge for the LGBT community, a relaxing space that offers panoramic views from 160 meters above ground.
On top of this, the hotel will also be offering a 10 percent discount on a special “Gay Area Night Tour” of the Shinjuku 2-Chome LGBT area provided by Out Asia Travel, which offers a variety of tour packages in Asia for LGBT travellers.
“For guests visiting Shinjuku 2-Chome for the first time, the ‘Gay Area Night Tour’ provides English speaking assistant who can specially select places to visit based upon guests’ specific requests and to maximize the enjoyment of their visits,” Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo explained.
Travellers will be pleased to know that the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is sparing nothing to ensure its LGBT guests are happy.
Its Premier Grand guest rooms have been kitted out with special amenities including Antonietti bed sheeting from Italy, famous Imabari Japanese towels, L’Occitane amenity items, Bluetooth capable BOSE speakers, and others premium items.
For guests who want to experience beyond the LGBT-friendly activities and perks, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo hotel also provides a cultural program that allows guests to experience interesting activities, such as a Japanese tea ceremony, flower arranging, and a kimono and yukata traditional fashion.
Meanwhile, for true blue Hello Kitty fans, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo also offers adorable Hello Kitty rooms which are themed right down to the breakfast room service menu.
For more information, visit the hotel’s website.
A version of this article first appeared on our sister website Travel Wire Asia.