What are love hotels?Essentially, love hotels are short-stay motels, offering privacy for hourly or nightly rates to individuals, who look for intimate one-on-one interaction, but oftentimes live in small apartments with paper-thin walls or, similarly inconvenient, their family. Since love hotels are a popular end-destination for dates, they are a common sight in entertainment areas of cities, near stations or highways. In contemporary Japan, these specialized motels are an established and appreciated part of the domestic love and sex culture.
Love hotel rooms are typically equipped to fit the purpose: large beds, whirlpools, atmospheric lighting, and a selection of free condoms. Some love hotels offer themed rooms, from spaceship designs over opulent interiors inspired by the brothels of historic Japan to under-the-sea experiences. This feature not only attracts love birds on the hunt for an unconventional setting but frequently serves as a unique backdrop for photoshoots or informal get-togethers among friends.