Japan’s Unique Love Hotel Culture
By Derrick on 1 May 2018
What crosses your mind when you think of love hotels? I believe you might think of a hotel that is full of romantic stories. Indeed, befitting its name, ‘love hotels’ were often an option for dating couples when they were first established. We can trace this back to the Edo period where ancient love hotels were said to be in small rooms in teahouses or yachts, and the geishas that we are familiar with today were responsible for performing and accompanying guests. In the 21st century, however, love hotels have become a place of accommodation relished by people. Although their initial function has been retained, love hotels are now popular even amongst traveling families. You might want to give it a try when you come to Japan. Love hotels might be one of the best choices especially during festive periods when hotels are fully booked and you are reluctant to stay in notorious capsule hotels.
Do not underestimate love hotels. Today, I am going to introduce the various advantages of love hotels that most people do not know of. Japan’s love hotels are as common as convenience stores. For a long time in the past, I had avoided love hotels because my brain was conditioned to think that they were like the improper love motels found in other Asian countries. This was the case until I had the chance to stay in a love hotel in Japan. I then realized they were first-grade hotels which were big, clean, reasonably priced, and provided a variety of entertainment facilities.
Love hotels are largely like other hotels besides the fact that they offer services for special needs. Whether you are a tourist, traveling buddies, a newlywed couple on honeymoon, or even someone on a work trip, you may wish to stay in a love hotel. Surprisingly, Japan’s love hotels are extremely modern with self-automated check-in systems which do not require much interaction with service staff. Love hotels usually have higher turnover rates because charges for non-overnight stays are rated hourly, which means it is easy for you to check in to a love hotel at any time, and in any city in Japan.
Love hotels can usually be differentiated by their exquisite interiors. Room styles usually give off strong romantic vibes, so guests will usually get to see castle or palace themed designs. You are wrong if you think this is all there is to love hotels. Never underestimate the quality of Japanese innovation. With varied themes ranging from palaces, railways to airplane cabins and more, these rooms have themes that go beyond your imagination. Hourly and overnight accommodation charges can be found on a board placed at the hotel entrance. Prices usually fall into three categories: hourly day charges, hourly night charges, and standard overnight accommodation. A typical luxury suite in Tokyo costs about 10,000 yen per night. Hotel guests do not have to bring anything as toiletries are provided by the hotels. Guests can also enjoy the sauna, whirlpool baths, in-room dining, and more in the comfort of their rooms. They can have a great time without having to leave the hotel.
Hotel RUAN, room 801
room rates for 2 starting from 11,000jpy
room 805, jet bath
How to check-in and check-out
At the hotel reception, you can browse through room options and pick your favorite theme on the touchscreen monitor. Once you have selected your room, you may pick up your keys from the counter and proceed to your room. Some love hotels’ rooms have automated electronic door locks. Hence, you may proceed straight to your room without having to collect keys. There will usually be payment kiosks at the room entrance, and the green light will turn red to indicate that the room is occupied once you have paid and entered the room. If you wish to check-out, give the reception a call and the door will be opened.
Aren’t love hotels convenient and interesting? You must experience this unique lodging culture when you’re in Japan, it is bound to make your trip more exciting!
Derrick has live in Japan for nearly five years. He is an ideal person to ask where to eat and where to visit in Japan based on his experience. He always likes to go to some places where not many people will go, because he believes that only the place he can find and understand the essence of Japan culture. He is also obsessed with looking for amazing food in all over Japan, and definitely, he can get you the best food experience by following his lead.