Love hotels in Japan


The tradition of love hotels in Japan goes all the way back to the 17th century. What appeared to be tea houses or inns were just fronts for those who wanted to do the deed. Everything was lowkey, with discreet entrances and exits – some places even had secret tunnels – but all had amenities for couples to get their aerobic sessions in.

Those of today are more conspicuous and offer more than just a place to hook up. In fact, they are a good place to have a girl’s night out, Instagrammable daycations, or a catch-up session with friends. One of the dead giveaways that a place is a love hotel is that there are 2 prices – one for “resting” between 2-4 hours and one for an overnight stay. Here are 16 love hotels in Japan that go above and beyond their call of duty.


1. Hotel UFO, Chiba – Alien-themed rooms with UFO-shaped facade


hotel ufo facade
Image credit: @hotelufo.official via Instagram

It’s fair to assume that if bae takes you here, you can expect a night that’s out of this world. Hotel UFO is an alien-themed love hotel that’s even shaped like a flying saucer. Locals may be aware that it’s a love hotel, but it can easily be mistaken for another family-friendly themed hotel by tourists who don’t know any better. 

The rooms are really aesthetic and are great for the ‘Gram – nobody’s gonna know that it’s a love hotel at first glance. But getting to your room is quite an interesting experience – beneath the flying saucer is actually a discreet carpark with staircases that lead up to the room. There’s no need to meet any staff, just type in the code and go in.

love hotels japan - hotel ufo room
Image credit: @hotelufo.official via Instagram

Even the payment system is unmanned – there’s a pneumatic tube for you to place your cash or card in before it gets sucked up to the staff. You’ll get your change or card back in the same manner once the transaction is complete, totally without human interaction. All that’s left is to enjoy the ride – in the flying saucer-themed room of course, what else?

Hotel UFO
ADMISSION FEE
Weekdays from ¥2,800/90 mins (~S$26.50) | Weekends & Eve of PH from ¥3,900/90 mins (~S$36.91)
ADDRESS
1-chōme-34-21 Makuharihongō, Hanamigawa Ward, Chiba, 262-0033, Japan
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2. Hotel Alpha-In, Tokyo – Plain exterior that subverts expectations


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The building’s facade already gives off extremely sus vibes –  the rundown brick walls with iron bars across the windows just scream dungeons or prison. Although that isn’t too far off from the truth of the types of accommodation you can find at Hotel Alpha-In

love hotels japan - hotel alph in room
Sticks and stones may break my bones but… – Rihanna, 2010.
Image credit: @himegoto_1 via Twitter

If you’re the type to find vanilla too boring of a flavour, staying at one of the rooms here might be what you need to really spice up your trip to Japan. The rooms here are fully equipped for all types of activities – some might test your flexibility, your knot-tying skills or even your stamina. A stay here might just awaken something new in you – you’ll never know unless you try it out.

Hotel Alpha-In
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥13,000/3hrs (~S$123.02) | “Stay” 10pm-10am from ¥18,000 (~S$170.33)
ADDRESS
2-chōme-8-3 Higashiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0044, Japan
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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3. Hotel Bali An Resort Shinjuku, Tokyo – Resembles a Bali resort


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Image credit: Planet of Hotels

Get the best of both worlds at Hotel Bali An Resort – a slice of Bali paradise in the heart of Tokyo. There are 7 different outlets, all within walking distance from Shinjuku Sanchome station. But their main branch, called the Main Store, has the best amenities to create that romantic Bali atmosphere.

hotel bali an resort shinjuku product buffet
Image credit: Bali An Hotel & Resort

They really know how to put the “love” in love hotels with a buffet spread of beauty and skincare products, all free of charge. Not to mention the barrel labelled “free wine” – this does wonders to set the mood for the night.

love hotels japan - hotel bali an resort shinjuku projection room
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Their main branch is also the one that has a 200in projector room that displays scenes of Bali sunsets and beaches. With enough determination and imagination, you’ll feel like you’re really there, enjoying two vacations in one. So if you’re suddenly craving the Bali vibes while you’re holidaying in Tokyo, you don’t even need to book another flight – just another hotel.

ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥6,800 (~S$64.19) | “Stay” from ¥12,800 (~S$120.83)
ADDRESS
2-chōme-20-18 Kabukichō, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$176.00

4. Hotel France, Okayama – Dubbed the Disneyland of love hotels


hotel france racecar bed
Image credit: Hotel France

The Disneyland atmosphere of Hotel France can definitely be a good stop for those who want to let their inner child out. From race car beds to a bed in the centre of the carousel, there are options that are unique and can fulfil some dreams some of us had as kids.

love hotels japan - hotel france carousel room
Image credit: Hotel France

However, the vibes turn a bit more R18 when the sun goes down – let’s not forget this is a love hotel. That’s when the rooms here become fun for a different reason, where the race car beds and carousels will be used for an entirely new activity.

Hotel France, Okayama
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥3,500/90 mins (~S$33.04) | “Stay” from ¥8,300 (~S$78.35)
ADDRESS
175 Koshita, Naka Ward, Okayama, 703-8225, Japan
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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5. Sweets Hotel Chocolat, Tokyo – Dessert decor & chocolate bath


sweets hotel chocolat room
Image credit: Sweets Hotel

Those with a sweet tooth will love the rooms at Sweets Hotel Chocolat – the rooms are covered in desserts of all kinds from cakes to chocolate madeleines. But unfortunately, this isn’t Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – so, please don’t attempt to chomp on the sofa. Even more so considering this is still a love hotel.

love hotels japan - sweets hotel chocolat chocolate bath
Image credit: Sweets Hotel

Their rooms are very Instagrammable and make for great photo opps but that’s not all – they even have a chocolate bath. Well, you won’t be bathing in actual chocolate – what they do give you is chocolate bath salts that will make the water look and smell like chocolate. Plus, the tub is big enough for 2, so hop in with your significant other for a sweet time.

Sweets Hotel Chocolat
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥3,900/3hrs (~S$36.82) | “Stay” from ¥6,900 (~S$65.14)
ADDRESS
5-11 Maruyamacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0044, Japan
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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6. Hotel Luna, Osaka – Outdoor baths & karaoke


hotel luna outdoor bath
Image credit: Hotel Luna

Another one of the more romantic and simple love hotels is Hotel Luna. But don’t let its simple decor fool you – the rooms are fully decked out with outdoor jacuzzis, bathtubs with mood lighting, karaoke systems, and lots of space to get your cardio in. Their Presidential suite will only cost you ~S$121 for an overnight stay – a steal considering it’s 355sqft.

You can even ask them to crank up the romance – add some flower petals on the bed or in the outdoor bathtub to score some extra brownie points with your partner. 

Hotel Luna, Osaka
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥2,900/2hrs (~S$27.38) | “Stay” from ¥4,900 (~S$46.26)
ADDRESS
534-0027 Osaka, Miyakojima Ward, Nakanochō, 1-chōme−13-4
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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7. Hotel Brugge, Chiba – European style with Gothic architecture


love hotels japan - hotel brugge facade
Image credit: Hotels.com

If you happen to be in Chiba and are a fan of the Netflix series Bridgerton, getting a room at Hotel Brugge should definitely be on your list of places to visit. The royally aesthetic rooms here would be perfect for couples who want to recreate the steamy scenes from the show.

hotel brugge room
Image credit: Hotel Brugge

But those who are alone can still pay a visit to appreciate the grand and regal decor the hotel has to offer. Their European-style architecture has even attracted cosplayers and film-makers that want to use their rooms as backdrops. However, do note that they may turn you away or charge extra for any film equipment, as long as it’s anything more than a smartphone camera.

Hotel Brugge, Japan
ADMISSION FEE
6 hours from ¥4,600 (~S$43.42) | 12 hours from ¥6,500 (~S$61.36) | 16 hours from ¥7,500 (~S$70.80)
ADDRESS
8-5 Kashiwa Inter Higashi, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-0806, Japan
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8. Hotel Regent Odaka, Nagoya – Private water slide


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Image credit: Hotel Regent Odaka

Hotel Regent Odaka has made its rounds online and has been visited by many travel influencers – even local Japanese content creators swung by for a daycation despite its label as a love hotel. That’s because they can’t resist the urge to try out the private water slide room.

love hotels japan - hotel regent odaka carousel room
Image credit: Hotel Regent Odaka

But that’s not the only great thing about the place. They have private waiting booths in their lobby for guests to relax in while they wait for the rooms to get cleaned or for the previous guests to leave. Their self-check-in system is pretty neat as well – the big panel shows you what rooms are available and how much time is remaining before they’re free to use again.

Apart from the room with the private slide, they have other unique options like a room with a carousel in it. It’s not every day you get to say you rode a carousel in your hotel room – it’s definitely a story that’s gonna be popular with the besties back home.

ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥6,490/4hrs (~S$61.27) | “Stay” from ¥9,790 (~S$92.42)
ADDRESS
459-8001 Aichi, Nagoya, Midori Ward, Ōdakachō, Shimonishibasama−11-1
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$47.42

9. The Hotelion, Sendai – Themed rooms for all sorts of fantasies


love hotels japan - the hotelion peeping room
That hole in the centre is to hide in and peek into the shower.
Image credit: The Hotelion

When it comes to certain bedroom aerobic exercises, we all have preferences. How we like to do them, what we’re wearing when we do them – maybe some feel better when they’re under the watchful eye of others. At The Hotelion, they’re very aware of such preferences and have even designed their rooms to meet them – truly the pinnacle of hospitality.

the hotelion rock climbing room
There’s even a room with climbing walls.
Image credit: The Hotelion

Their amenities are plentiful as well, think honey-based body lotion, massage devices, and protection that comes in various flavours. They even have an odourless body wash to mask your stopover at a love hotel in the middle of the day – no one has to know, even if it’s to just take a nap.

The Hotelion, Sendai
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥3,850/2hrs (~S$36.34) | “Stay” from ¥7,590/8hrs (~S$71.65)
ADDRESS
Jono-11-6 Koriyama, Taihaku Ward, Sendai, Miyagi 982-0003, Japan
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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4.3
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10. Sky Paradise Rakuen, Oita – Theme park within a love hotel


sky paradise rakuen
Image credit: Sky Paradise Rakuen

Typically, a walk to the room in a love hotel is an awkward one. You definitely won’t have this problem if you’re staying at Sky Paradise Rakuen though – you’ll be too distracted by the mini theme park they have within their hotel.

love hotels japan - sky paradise rakuen theme park
Image credit: SKY Paradise Rakuen Oita via Facebook

Although there aren’t any rides that one can actually go for in the “theme park”, it’s definitely quite a sight to behold. There’s an entire lake with pirate ships and waterfalls – the rooms are part of the attraction as well. Some rooms have windows on the floor so you can see the water beneath as a cool reminder that the room is above the man-made lake.

They won’t let you forget you’re in a love hotel though – there’s a special feature which they call the “sexy skylight”. They made it a big red button too just to make guests extra curious as to what happens when it is pressed. But it is as its name describes it – pushing the button dyes the room in a sexy red light. All that’s left is to pick the right playlist for the perfect mood.

Sky Paradise Rakuen
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥4,200/2hrs (~S$39.61) | “Stay” from ¥7,200 (~S$67.91)
ADDRESS
2 Chome-3-15, 870-0138 Oita
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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11. Hotel Two-Way, Tokyo – Party rooms near Shibuya station


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Image credit: Hotel Two Way

There’s a special reason why they named this one Hotel Two-Way – it’s because there’s a normal front entrance but a more secluded back entrance for guests who want to stay lowkey. Its location also makes it a great choice for a place to crash during a night out since it’s located right next to Maruyamacho, where all the best nightlife spots are.

If partying out isn’t enough, they’ve even got a party room that can have up to 6 guests staying the night. This comes with 2 bedrooms with separate bathrooms as well – providing any couples in the group that want to take the party elsewhere with their own private space after group activities like karaoke are over.

Hotel Two Way
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥3,500/2hrs (~S$33.01) | “Stay” from ¥5,980 (~S$56.40)
ADDRESS
15-2 Maruyamachō, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0044
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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12. Petit Hotel Rose Lips, Osaka – Floral-themed rooms run by females


petit hotel rose lips room
Image credit: Rose Lips

Ladies, if you’re in charge of picking a love hotel to stay at – Petit Hotel Rose Lips is the one to go for. It’s quite rare for a love hotel to be run by ladies, but that just means they’ll know what the ladies want. 

One quick look in the bathroom of any room will let you know they’ve got it spot on – they provide guests with a wide variety of amenities including body cream, face masks, a skincare pouch, and bubble bath solution. Those who want to ride around the city in style can also go for their party limousine service (¥20,000, ~S$186.94/90mins) which comes with a complimentary bottle of champagne.

ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥2,800/70 mins(~S$26.41) | “Stay” from ¥8,000(~S$75.46)
ADDRESS
2-chōme-6-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0086, Japan
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$122.00

13. Hotel Fuki, Osaka – Traditional Chinese & Japanese decor


love hotels japan - hotel fuki room
Bedrooms are spacious and come with a mezzanine floor where the beds are.
Image credit: Hotel Fuki

The style of the rooms at Hotel Fuki are very reminiscent of rooms in the Showa period from 1926-1989. Their traditional Chinese-style rooms are also very well decorated and pay attention to details both in decor and architecture. 

The rooms are so accurately done up that a lot of cosplayers portraying characters from that time period often book a spot just to have photoshoots. There are cosplay costumes for rental as well if there are any couples who want to roleplay or have a photoshoot of their own, but photography is only allowed in some of their rooms so do check with the staff first.

Hotel Fuki
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥2,500/75 mins (~S$23.58) | “Stay” from ¥5,900 (~S$55.65)
ADDRESS
3-chōme-7-11 Higashinodamachi, Miyakojima Ward, Osaka, 534-0024
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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14. Jaguar Hotel Arima, Kobe – Rooms with glowing bathtubs


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You’ll even get a massage chair in the bedroom.
Image credit: Planet Hotels

The “jaguar” in Jaguar Hotel Arima aptly represents the sleek and bold style of the rooms here. While the designs aren’t over the top, they have a luxurious feel to them – especially since they are pretty spacious.

jaguar hotel arima glowing bathtub
Image credit: Hotels in Kobe

If you want to really light up your night, try and go for room 203 or 303 which have bathtubs that give off an ethereal glow – perfect for a party in the tub.

It’s also situated in a convenient location with places like Arima Onsen, Rokko Garden Terrace, and other attractions on Mt. Rokko being within a 10-minute drive from the hotel. These are good spots to paktor at – Arima Onsen is a hot spring village and Rokko Garden Terrace is an observation deck with amazing views of Kobe city.

Jaguar Hotel Arima
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥3,500/90 mins (~S$33.01) | “Stay” from ¥7,500/12hrs (~S$70.74)
ADDRESS
Arino-841-1 Arinochō, Kita Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-1312
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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15. Towers Hotel, Osaka – Subway carriage & train station room


towers hotel train room
Ding dong, coming soon.
Image credit: Tower’s Hotel

Themed rooms aren’t uncommon for love hotels but the ones at Towers Hotel definitely stand out from the rest. Those who know a thing or two about the trains in Japan will understand why the hotel decided to have a room modelled after a train carriage. And they did a really good job of making it an accurate model too – down to the announcement system sound effects.

love hotels japan - towers hotel billiards and swimming pool room
Image credit: Tower’s Hotel

There’s also a retro American room with a private pool if you’re more in the mood for a summer beach party. Or opt for the billiard room if you want to have a couple of games with the bestie. You’ll have to ignore some weird-looking furniture in the room if you’re there with a friend though – those are meant for the couples to use.

Towers Hotel
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥4,500/2hrs (~S$42.44) | “Stay” from ¥7,500 (~S$70.74)
ADDRESS
Japan, 〒534-0027 Osaka, Miyakojima Ward, Nakanochō, 1-chōme−12−18 タワーズ・ホテル
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
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16. Hotel Sara Kinshicho, Tokyo – Fake clinic room for “consultations”


hotel sara kinshicho room
Might have to make a visit, throat has been feeling sore lately.
Image adapted from: Sara Kinshicho

Themed rooms are one thing – the rooms at Hotel Sara Kinschico have something akin to a film set attached to the main bedroom. These sets almost look professionally set up – the doctor’s clinic has x-rays, stethoscopes and even a bed for patients to lie down and be examined.

 

They have over 40 different rooms each with a different set to choose from. The rooms even come with a mini vending machine to quench your thirst after working hard on set. Or enjoy their free videos on-demand – they’ve got the adult kind too.

Hotel SARA Kinshicho
ADMISSION FEE
“Rest” from ¥5,000/3hrs (~S$47.16) | “Stay” from ¥8,000 (~S$75.46)
ADDRESS
3-chōme-1-8 Kōtōbashi, Sumida City, Tokyo 130-0022, Japan
Opening Hours: Sunday 00:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
3.8
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Staying at a Japanese love hotel

From having secret tunnel exits to an entire theme park in them, the love hotels of today have definitely evolved. Many of them are also aiming to cater to groups of friends or even families with entertainment options and fun themes. They are also generally cheaper than regular hotels – you should definitely consider staying at one for a night or 2 on your next trip to Japan.

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Cover image adapted from:  Hotel Regent Odaka, Hotel France, Sara Kinshicho and @hotelufo.official via Instagram

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