Japanese Love Hotels

Via Trendland, photographer Misty Keasler examines the strangest places on Earth, Japan’s themed love rooms, which resemble everything from gigantic bird cages to outer space to subway cars. In the future, they are where all romantic activity will be conducted:

The Love Hotel is an intensely unique Japanese institution. The themed rooms [are] rented by the hour. There are an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 of them in the country and they are so prevalent that the Japanese take them for granted.

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24 Comments on "Japanese Love Hotels"

  1. I’d make more of an effort to poke fun at Japan’s #1 export being sexual-related weirdness…but shit, man…our #1 export over here is jobs for other countries. The US doesn’t have bragging rights like it used to.

  2. I’d make more of an effort to poke fun at Japan’s #1 export being sexual-related weirdness…but shit, man…our #1 export over here is jobs for other countries. The US doesn’t have bragging rights like it used to.

  3. Anonymous | Jul 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm |

    Don’t confuse those tiny lockers as being storage for your stuff. That’s your bed. Space in Japan is always at a premium…

  4. Don’t confuse those tiny lockers as being storage for your stuff. That’s your bed. Space in Japan is always at a premium…

  5. Ken SittingNow | Jul 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm |

    Trufax: Nintendo were once in the love-hotel business. Before video games that is. 

  6. Ken SittingNow | Jul 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm |

    Trufax: Nintendo were once in the love-hotel business. Before video games that is. 

  7. That’s not Love, that’s Naive Lust at best … shame on all Haman Beings who have no healthy separation between Love and Lust.

  8. jasonpaulhayes | Jul 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm |

    That’s not Love, that’s Naive Lust at best … shame on all Haman Beings who have no healthy separation between Love and Lust.

    • MoralDrift | Jul 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm |

      That separation is not encouraged or developed at really any stage in Western society. I can’t speak as far in Japan but from the looks of it, they have a similar conception. Most people in the US are incapable of feeling “love” for those other than family members, and thats if you have a close family

    • Hadrian999 | Jul 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm |

      it is paramount to separate love and lust, but not to frown on lust, lust is honest, love will stab you in the back and leave you broke and bleeding out in the gutter

    • Wait….how is a themed room a representation of lust over love? Isn’t whether or not, it’s lust or love entirely dependent upon who you are in the room with?!?

      You do realize that people in love enjoy sex too, right? If not that seems kinda sad. 

  9. Anonymous | Jul 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm |

    That separation is not encouraged or developed at really any stage in Western society. I can’t speak as far in Japan but from the looks of it, they have a similar conception. Most people in the US are incapable of feeling “love” for those other than family members, and thats if you have a close family

  10. Hadrian999 | Jul 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm |

    i love the Japanese and their whole hearted  embrace unabashed strangeness……Japanese cosplay girls in particular

  11. Hadrian999 | Jul 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm |

    i love the Japanese and their whole hearted  embrace of unabashed strangeness……Japanese cosplay girls in particular

  12. Hadrian999 | Jul 12, 2011 at 12:22 am |

    it is paramount to separate love and lust, but not to frown on lust, lust is honest, love will stab you in the back and leave you broke and bleeding out in the gutter

  13. Anonymous | Jul 12, 2011 at 3:10 am |

    I completely agree…is it wrong to say this seems awesome?!

  14. Wait….how is a themed room a representation of lust over love? Isn’t whether or not, it’s lust or love entirely dependent upon who you are in the room with?!?

    You do realize that people in love enjoy sex too, right? If not that seems kinda sad. 

  15. Wait….how is a themed room a representation of lust over love? Isn’t whether or not, it’s lust or love entirely dependent upon who you are in the room with?!?

    You do realize that people in love enjoy sex too, right? If not that seems kinda sad. 

  16. I’ve got to ‘thumbs up’ this story simply for the line
     ” In the future, they are where all romantic activity will be conducted”
     ……That line is brilliant! Ha ha ha! 

  17. I’ve got to ‘thumbs up’ this story simply for the line
     ” In the future, they are where all romantic activity will be conducted”
     ……That line is brilliant! Ha ha ha! 

  18. I’ve got to ‘thumbs up’ this story simply for the line
     ” In the future, they are where all romantic activity will be conducted”
     ……That line is brilliant! Ha ha ha! 

  19. Tuna Ghost | Jul 13, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    I enjoyed my time in love hotels, although I never really found a “theme” that added any excitement (sex with someone you pick up in a club is usually pretty exciting, even if its in a garbage strewn alley.  Actually, especially if its in a garbage strewn alley) to the evenings festivities.  They’re usually very comfortable and have nice bathrooms, often with a jacuzzi.  The beds are enormous unless it conflicts with the theme and all the rooms I’ve been in were very clean.  Getting in and out can be a hassle (they’re built for privacy and check-ins and check-outs can seem needlessly complicated, especially if you’re unable to read the instructions), and they will not allow two men to share a room, which is another example of Japan giving the middle finger to homosexuals.  

  20. Tuna Ghost | Jul 13, 2011 at 5:57 am |

    I enjoyed my time in love hotels, although I never really found a “theme” that added any excitement (sex with someone you pick up in a club is usually pretty exciting, even if its in a garbage strewn alley.  Actually, especially if its in a garbage strewn alley) to the evenings festivities.  They’re usually very comfortable and have nice bathrooms, often with a jacuzzi.  The beds are enormous unless it conflicts with the theme and all the rooms I’ve been in were very clean.  Getting in and out can be a hassle (they’re built for privacy and check-ins and check-outs can seem needlessly complicated, especially if you’re unable to read the instructions), and they will not allow two men to share a room, which is another example of Japan giving the middle finger to homosexuals.  

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