Most events will be virtual in 2021. The parade and party is expected to return in 2022.
From: Saturday, Apr 24th, 2021
To: Monday, May 3rd, 2021
The first Tokyo Rainbow Pride (TRP) Parade was 26 years in 1994 and since then, the event has grown to become one of the largest in Asia. The event balances political messaging and partying to further LGBTQ rights across the country.
Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival & Parade 24th(Sat) & 25th(Sun), April 2021
Tokyo Rainbow Pride Week takes place every year in late april to early May and celebrates LGBT pride with a host of events, including an energetic parade that last year saw thousands of people gather and take to the streets in fancy dress alongside floats. This year the highlights of the Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival include Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade 25th(Sun) and the Pride Festival.
Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival
The Festival in Yoyogi Park takes place on both the Saturday and the Sunday, with a variety of booths opened in Yoyogi Park by LGBT-friendly companies and artists. This 2-day stage event features drag, shows and live music performances.
Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade
The parade takes place on the last Sunday during a packed program of week long events Dont Miss! The 3km parade around the Harajuku/Shibuya area on the Sunday with participants marching and riding on floats. The parade starts at 2pm. The event has more than 52 different groups with over 7,000 marchers.
Tokyo Pride Parties
There are dozens of events taking place over Pride Week, and they are so varied everyone can have fun. There are workshops and lectures (in Japanese), as well as family events like the LGBTQ Family Picnic at in Gyoen Park.
Each year, opening and closing parties take place at some of the city’s top gay bars and clubs.
Where to Party during Tokyo Rainbow Pride
Just a convenient walk from Shinjuku lies Ni-chome, Tokyo’s gayborhood overflowing with outdoor bars, karaoke pubs, and cozy clubs for anyone on the spectrum. There are countless options for food and drink. Ni-chome also features outdoor bars with large terraces.
The closest station is Shinjuku San-chome station, one stop from Shinjuku on the Fukutoshin, Marunouchi and Shinjuku metro lines. Take the C5 exit and then just cross the street into Ni-chome.
Where to stay?
Gay Tokyo conveniently packed into a handful of streets all located Shinjuku Ni-Chome (pronounced nee-chomay). Ni Chome the gay center of Tokyo has over 300 gay bars, clubs, saunas, cruise clubs and everything else small packed into a couple of small blocks in the center of Tokyo. The Shinjuku neighborhood is mixed with big business, shopping and entertainment and of course Tokyo’s gay center.
Highlights of Tokyo Pride
We have selected the best hotels in the Shinjuku Ni-Chome district close to all the best gay bars and clubs. Hotels tend to be more expensive here, but you will save a lot on time and transport.