As we know, love hotels come in all shapes and sizes. We've previously noted steampunk hotels, retro-themed vintage ones, and hospital ward themed rooms. It's not just the exteriors, which are always a bit garish (albeit not always as crazy and extravagant as reputation suggests); it's the interior facilities and amenities that also make this genre stand out from regular modes of accommodation. Increasingly offering a variety of services to keep punters coming, from WiFi to food, bathing options, massage chairs, tanning beds, and more. (So much so, in fact, that women can even have a ...

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Share by @virtualjaaames on Twitter earlier this week, these pictures of an abandoned love hotel in Nagano Prefecture in central Japan remind us of the fate of so much of the Japanese countryside. And that love doesn't last forever... Haikyo "ruins" hunters often seek out abandoned homes and theme parks, though love hotels, regular hotels, and hot spring inns are another popular choice. There is something chilling yet oddly logical about these post-apocalyptic scenes, filled with rust and emptiness. Or is it sadness we feel at seeing the discarded vibrator lying on the ground? Hotel ...

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We all like to stay in fancy hotels sometimes (if not all the time). But there's also something fun and kinky about an overnight stay at a love hotel. It's like the kitsch is telling you to really make the most of your time there with a partner (or two). We recently spotted a write-up about the Ichiraku Ryokan, an inn in Hiroshima that was a former red-light district inn and then a love hotel. It was built in 1950. The old red-light districts were still allowed for a time in the early postwar period until laws were changed to ban prostitution (at least in its overt form). The current ...

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We recently stumbled across this video of a black man who freestyle raps his way around the love hotel district of Kabukicho in Shinjuku, Tokyo. In the background we see couples scurrying into the entrances for an intimate session. As the foreigner wanders the streets of Kabukicho's love hotels, he apparently bumps into a random Japanese lady. He serenades and picks up the woman, and then together they enter a love hotel for some good interracial times together. In the next video, things get a bit more heated. Our gaijin adventurer continues his rapping while his female ...

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We're late to blog this but we've just come across this Abema TV report from the end of December about love hotels and Christmas. Christmas in Japan is not a family event: it's an event celebrated by couples on Christmas Eve, which usually means a romantic meal somewhere, followed by sex either at home or at a love hotel. But is this still the case? Abema TV went a-wandering on Christmas Eve in Shibuya -- home to Tokyo's famous "love hotel hill" -- and found that many hotels were not as full as you might expect. One hotel, they found, was two thirds empty. They spoke to some ...

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Girls just wanna have fun -- and have fun alone if needs be. It's well known that love hotels are sometimes used in lieu of regular accommodation when other hotels are booked up or because the cost is basically the same. There has been a recent spike, for example, among foreign tourists using them (sometimes by accident) as well as businessmen. Does that mean a woman could stay overnight at a love hotel alone? In theory, yes. But would they want to? One Japanese woman recently set out to investigate the merits of such a scenario. She was much more prepared than most: she ...

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Once again we have been trawling some of Japan's postwar history for insights about the sexual development of the nation. Here are some awesome vintage images of classic love hotels. Fans of love hotels and this blog will immediately spot that this one is the Meguro Emperor, a pioneering love hotel from the 1970s that has since re-opened. The other two are, apparently, the Ichinomiya London and Olympia hotels. It was around this time that love hotels started to become very elaborate, adding castle-style "battlements" and turrets. The results are bizarre, lurid and wacky, ...

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These days, the delightfully curvy Mitsu Dan is pretty mainstream and often appears on regular TV shows and commercials. However, we still vividly remember the bad old days when she first burst on to the scene with some wild soft-core BDSM porn like Be My Slave (2012) that revealed pretty everything she had to offer except her pussy. And if she were so inclined to see that, she obliged with hair nude full frontals. Her more recent erotic shoots have been alluring yet not very graphic. Let's get nostalgic about the sexier version of Mitsu Dan for a few moments by revisiting a late-night ...

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In desperate need for a place to stay in Japan? All the hotels are full and you don't fancy your chances with an Airbnb? Another option is a love hotel, which is often not much more expensive than a regular hotel and sometimes even cheaper. However, many hotels cannot always be booked in advance and even ones that can are typically lacking in any services for non-Japanese-speaking guests. Enter Rakuten, the Japanese online retail giant that counts a travel site within its bevy. Due to the ongoing tourism boom in Japan, there is a shortage of hotel rooms and Rakuten Travel hopes to make ...

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We spotted this nice article over on Global Voices about the "strangest" love hotel names in Japan. It compiles the results of a survey ranking the most unusual names for love hotels. As we know there are some strange-looking love hotels (both inside, with themed rooms, and outside, with gaudy castle exteriors), especially in the countryside. But now we know the strangest name. And it's Banana & Donut. Indeed, this is not a diner or cafe, but a love hotel in Saga Prefecture, southern Japan. Like similar establishments outside of Japan's big cities, Banana & Donut is located ...

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