Call me naive, but I’ve never heard of a love hotel until today. Apparently love hotels have been part of the Japanese culture for decades, but now they are popping up in many other countries also. According to Wikipedia, “A love hotel is a type of short-stay hotel found around the world operated primarily for the purpose of allowing couples privacy for sexual activities.”
Now before you start thinking these are only prostitution rooms, consider this. In many countries, it’s still customary for extended families to live in the same house. If that’s the case, perhaps these rooms are also rented by married couples who just want to have some alone time for a change. These rooms are normally only rented by the hour, which is politely referred to as the “rest” rate so you can just have a short rest.
To maintain the privacy of the guests, typically these hotels do not have a standard front desk. Instead, many times you rent the room via a vending machine in the lobby. I did read about one hotel where you pass the money through a waist-high hole in the wall to a “gender-neutral old lady.” There is; however, a phone in the room where you can contact a hotel employee if something is wrong with the room. Ok, I admit, that is a little strange. It’s not as strange as all these pictures with chains, contraptions and kid stuff (merry-go-round) though. Dang. All of these rooms pictured are in Japan. [Photographer: Misty Keasler]