Love hotels in Japan

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Let me take you for a peek inside Japan’s love hotels..
 

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Trysts. Young lovers. Parents who want to get away.
“Love Hotels” offer short stays and some truly off-the-wall rooms.

Love Hotels, or “rabuho” (ラブホ) for short, began in Osaka during the late 1960s. Japan’s version of the “no-tell motel”, they became big business, and even Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi opened one.

At that time, the local Japanese press noted, “The only benefit Yamauchi might have derived from this is that he and his partners don’t need to pay for the rooms, and that might in the end constitute a substantial saving.”

But as more and more hotels popped up during the 1970s and 1980s, the need to stand out became increasingly important. Many love hotels have rooms that somewhat resemble normal hotel rooms—they might even be larger than your typical Japanese hotel’s.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

If you are ever in Japan, love hotels are worth checking out, if only because you can sometimes find a larger room at a cheaper price. While generally safe, just don’t forget that all sorts of things go on in love hotels: some legal, some not.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Outside, love hotels are gaudy and showy. There’s usually nothing subtle about these establishments. Often, they’re themed and have foreign-sounding names.
But not always.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

They’re supposed to transport you to another world, even if that world is utterly silly.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Some of them even look like castles.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Or Christmas.

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Or New York City.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

And even a U.F.O.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

However, there are some truly unusual love hotels offering amenities that even surprise people in Japan.

How about a room with a Japanese bridge in it?

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Wanna feel princessy, riding on a carousel? (Photo: Misty Keasler)

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Guys, into vintage cars? If you do get bored rocking in it, there’s also a slot machine for you to pass time.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Or maybe this kind of car bed is more suited for your “speed”.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Well, if you don’t even like cars. You could be into trains. (Photo: Misty Keasler)

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Or “sailing” in a boat. Sorta.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Groovy, baby! Rotating beds have been around for donkey years, but who cares? Still liking it!

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

A dome? I wonder what’s it for…

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Stunning room with magnificent view.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Ever since the Famicom days, video game consoles have been available in love hotels.
They’re fairly common.

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Ditto for this classroom. (Photo: Misty Keasler)

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Just hope “Under the Sea” isn’t piped in through the stereo.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Everything tacky about the 1980s merged into a single room.

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Kinda wish space stations looked like this!!

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A cosmos-themed room for the bashful types:

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Of course, there are lots of S&M themed rooms, if that’s your thing. (Photo: Misty Keasler)

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Staying in shape is important, even for Victorians. I guess?

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

Always fantasised making out in your local pub? Now, in your own privacy:Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

All rooms are equipped with baths—some of them quite large. Here, Disney characters can watch and judge you silently.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

For when things get Roman.

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Having a BBQ is probably prohibited. Other things are probably okay.

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

This love hotel has an inbuilt water slide.
NOW, who wouldn’t enjoy a personal water slide?!

Inside Japan's Pleasure Hotels

 

You can learn more about love hotels in this Nippon.com article written by Ikkyon Kim of Kobe Gakuin University.

The lead image in this story comes courtesy of Nippon.com.P

 

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