Love Hotels

Hotel Little Chapel in Osaka (more pics below)
Love Hotels, the why

When I lived in Koenji (a commuter train station on the Chuo Line in Tokyo) my bed creaked, my walls were thin and I have a steady man. So I went to a love hotel, since then I’ve gone to a few and think they’re a fun experience.
This is also the common reason for a lot of people who use love hotels. Either they live with their parents, or they don’t want to use their tiny apartment and small bed. It doesn’t hurt that two of the big hotel districts are either located in Kabukicho (near all the host clubs) or in Shibuya (near all the regular clubs), so they are expressly conveint for casual sex.
Be safe!
While sexually infectious diseases are common, there is not the scare or STD and AIDS awareness that exists in America (1 in 17 Shibuya teens have contracted an STD). So condom use is often spare. Men often don’t carry protection, so ladies should always carry condoms if they are considering sex.
Love Hotels, the how
There are a few english language websites discussing love hotels. However they are often not updated and many have closed.
Love Hotels are hotels set up to accept stay time (usually 2-3 hours) or overnight time. While I talked about the flashy hotels near clubs there are also business style love hotels located on the outskirts of big cities so salarymen with companions may drive in for privacy and atmosphere.
A business style Hotel Angelic in Tennouji, Osaka
Love Hotels often get a lot of English-language press because of their themes. Notoriously in Osaka there used to be Hotel Adonis with a famed Hello Kitty S&M room. (more fantasy hotel pics here) This place has since closed down and is now a simple Love Hotel.
The sad exterior of Hotel Candy Hall where Hotel Adonis used to stand.

There are still themed hotels around and S&M style hotels (hotel Phain is currently still running) that are more used as a kink playspace instead of an actual getting-down love hotel. Instead now love hotel rooms range some simple to stylish with the theme only extending as far as the entryway.

Love Hotel, the how-to
Hotel Little Chapel, one of Osaka’s best known ones.
More from Little Chapel in Namba, Osaka
Hotel Mickey Cookies in Osaka
plus: cute exterior and they gave you a tiny cup to fill with candy to take to your room
minus: super tiny rooms
In all love hotels I’ve been to they have a board showcasing all the rooms, ones available are lit up. On the weekends its common to see only 3 rooms available or less. You either press the button below your choice or take out a card. Sometimes you had this to a clerk and during the night you often pay through a keypad at your room. More Japanese language is required for the keypad version, but generally when the keypad pay style is not involved you need 0 knowledge of Japanese to work out a love hotel.
As mentioned before you can choose short time stay or overnight. There are often restrictions that you can only do short stay before 11 or 12. Usually this corresponds to last train.
Love Hotels are not just a bed for sex, but often several fun options. One I went to in Kabukicho had a giant jacuzzi tub made for 3 people to sit comfortably in. One I went to also had a sort of blow up wedge to try out different errmmm ideas <_< ;;

Some hotels have food or sex toy orders. All I have been to have karaoke attached to their tv system. Mostly it’s Japnese songs with 3 pages of older tunes to sing. It’s a blast to do in private and considering the price of night-time karaoke for 3 hours its not such a bad alternative.

Warning: Unlike American hotels and regular Japanese hotels, who shove the porn channels to one side of the programming. Love hotel tv’s programming of regular tv and porn is indescriminate so you may flip channels and get: news / porn / drama / porn / regular movie / porn

Some love hotels provide lube and condoms, while others just provide condoms. All offer the bare toiletries you would find in a regular hotel.

The inside of a Kabukicho love hotel room
chandelier over the bed ^_^v

Actual bed set up with lubes
Bar and TV to the far left are the mics for karaoke
Lighting controls from the bed
Classy tea set-up
All toiletries provided at this one
Their lube selection. Lube in Japan is called lotion, so make sure you don’t start using this as moisterizer >_<
Actual massage lotion located next to the jacuzzi
So enjoy, and play safe ^_^


  1. さらまり
    November 19, 2009 / 6:44 pm

    Oh this post is great~! The vast majority of articles about love hotels are so sensational and about how weird love hotels are. I love how your article is so straight-forward, useful and factual! Thanks for writing this^^

    The last part about lubricant reminds me of a little story. Recently I told one of my Japanese friends I was going out to buy lotion. And he asked what for, and I replied "For my skin of course." and he said "Why would you use that on your skin?" I didn't even get why there was a misunderstanding haha><

  2. megan
    November 19, 2009 / 8:53 pm

    ^Yes, I agree, I like how straightforward your article is! It was a very interesting and educational read–you did a great job covering the subject!

  3. Rue
    November 19, 2009 / 10:17 pm

    Oh my god…so that's what my boyfriend was talking about…^^;

  4. Irebun
    November 19, 2009 / 10:22 pm

    That was a very interesting read; thanks~! :D

  5. citiesinruin
    November 20, 2009 / 1:33 am

    I wish I had known you while I was still in Japan, you blog like I lived hahah!!

    But jesus, glad I never touched any lotion…. I thought it was for the face, it was in the bathroommmmmm

  6. pinksugarichigo
    November 20, 2009 / 8:15 am

    great and interesting read.. thanks so much for sharing! XD

  7. DaniniPanini
    November 20, 2009 / 10:40 pm

    Fantastic post! Very informative, thank you.
    Sad to hear about Hotel Adonis though, awww. I really wanted to go to that room.

  8. Washatawa
    December 8, 2009 / 12:36 pm

    I am hosting online Karaoke sessions just for fun on Twitter. Follow me, my user name is DiscoLightsUk.
    A great idea for entertaining guests this year is to have your own home Karaoke party! It's very simple and these Disco Lights will liven up the place and set the stage for a wonderful and fun evening!

  9. Roxy
    November 16, 2012 / 1:56 pm

    One of those packets was cleansing oil, so I really do think it was face moisturizer, etc. Japanese women are pretty serious about their skin care regimen and the products were probably provided near the sink so that they don’t have to lug little travel kits around. I have seen lubricants like Astroglide for sale but never free.

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