What are Love Hotels? >>Find Love HotelsLove hotels primarily offer couples a private place for sexual encounters, usually charging two different prices: a "rest" package, usually a 2-3 hour stay, or an overnight package like a standard motel. Love hotels are usually concentrated in downtown areas or off of highways. Shibuya and Shinjuku offer the largest selection in Tokyo. Garish neon signs and decor make love hotels easy to spot most of the time, although some are intentionally discreet, reflecting their customers' preferences.
Love hotels don't carry as much stigma as one would expect in the West; this is because love hotels are clean and safe, and used by ordinary people. Most young Japanese couples live with their parents, so love hotels offer them much-needed privacy.
As competition has increased over the years, love hotels continue to broaden and specialize their services to draw customers. Some are heavily theme-oriented - the wild west, flying saucers, etc. Some people go to love hotels as a date to sing karaoke, watch a movie on a high definition TV, or take advantage of numerous other entertainment options.
It is possible to use a love hotel as an inexpensive place to stay for the night. Nevertheless, staying true to their primary function, most love hotels won't accept more than two people per room.
Note: Love hotels not in downtown areas will probably be older and run down. Think twice before staying at a love hotel three hours into the countryside, next to a deserted train station.
Pricing of Love HotelsPrices depend upon location, quality, options provided, and the day of the week. On average, a short stay （休憩） is 5,000yen while an overnight stay （宿泊）is between 10,000 and 20,000yen. Special prices are available at slack times such as daytime on weekdays.
Rest service is usually around three hours and costs around 5,000yen. If you only want to stay for a few hours, make sure to check in before the overnight service period, which usually starts at 10pm. After 10 pm, rooms are only available for the overnight service price. If you overstay your time, you will probably be charged for a whole night.
Most hotels have overnight service available from 10pm, and some from 8pm. On Fridays, Saturdays, and nights before holidays, the overnight service starts later, around 11pm. Make sure you know the check-out deadline, because you will probably have to pay an additional fee if you overstay. An overnight stay costs between 10,000 and 20,000yen.
Service time: during off-peak times, especially daytime during weekdays, most love hotels have “service time” or "free time” discount prices available. Instead of a 3-hour rest, extended times (7am-5pm or 1pm to 8pm for example) are available at the normal 3-hour price.
Many love hotels have unique rooms to choose from, with varying prices. You will be able to see pictures of the interior before choosing. Generally, rooms with high quality facilities are priced higher.
Amenities in Love Hotels >>Find Love HotelsTooth brushes, towels, shampoo, body soap, etc., are provided, in addition to plenty of condoms. In Japan, it is said that customers will not come if the bathroom is not clean. Love hotels will always have ofuro (bath) and many have jacuzzi or even open-air private spas. Lots of love hotels have high-end TV sets, with free adult channels included. Some rooms include vending machines that sell over-priced drinks and even sex toys. However, if drinks are provided in a refrigerator, they are free. All love hotels have alarm clocks too - they think of everything!
Other common amenities include: DVD players, karaoke, TV games, pachinko, slot machine, massage chairs, etc. Some hotels rent costumes.
How to Use Love Hotels
Step 1: Check the VacancyLove hotels don't accept reservations, so you need to check for vacancies. You will find an electrical panel near the hotel entrance with pictures of available rooms. Every room is marked either "満(not vacant)" or "空(vacant)." The price of rest and overnight service is also indicated.
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Step 2: Choosing the RoomOnce you have decided on a room, simply press the button next to the picture.
Step 3: Checking InDepending on the hotel, you will be required to check in before or after use. If checking in first, pay and recieve your key at the front desk. Most hotels have smoky glass for customer privacy. If paying after, you will receive a roomkey automatically after you press a room button. The payment is done in the room using a payment machine.
Step 4: Checking OutTake back the room key to the front desk. If you have not payed yet, then the payment is done here.
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