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.
Love hotels are everywhere in Japan. A lot of people continue to live with family well into their thirties and people need a place to get their freak on. Love Hotels provide such a place and this is not a new story. However, in my travels on foot around Ikebukuro I have made some interesting discoveries and there are mysteries I am trying to figure out in order to write about them. Some include the Yakuza, some the Triads, some the Cops, legions of homo-erotic loving female teenagers, some bizarre “ghost” properties and the connections these have with the aforementioned groups. One thing I have found without a doubt, Ikebukuro is a strange and unique place. The tour is starting here:
This is about half way down “Heiwai dori” or “Peace Street” just north of the north exit at Ikebukuro station. It’s peaceful in that the street is laid in red brick and I have never seen any of the prostitutes, who lurk in every corner, beating each other up. Peaceful. This might have something to do with the police presence in the Koban at the southern and northern ends of the street. Aside from a tolerable little bakery, a curry shop and a couple of bars there isn’t much more on this street except for “working hotels” and by that I mean hotels the pros take johns to.
Let me explain, being snarky, I had planned to title this “7 great spots to take hookers to in Ikebukuro”. But due to my uh, journalistic integrity, I could not in all good conscience do this. Why? Most pros don’t meet clients in the Love Hotels I will show you on here. You can see them going into and leaving the very bland and often shabby establishments that don’t even offer a “Stay” rate. It’s always a uniquely Japanese sight to see some hooker bowing to the gentleman she has just finished with and them both exchanging the same language Salary men and Office workers use when finishing a meeting or the work day.
I am not here writing a step by step on finding hookers in Ikebukuro. You can find info on that here or here. But I take this route a couple of times a week to and from the gym located on the East side and it’s never a boring walk. It also ties in well with some other things I will post about in the near future. Consider this a warm up.
So if you are coming south up Heiwa Dori from Ikebukuro’s north exit take a right onto a smaller black asphalt street where the map indicates. Walk to the second right and turn again. This is what you will see.
We can start by taking a look at “Hotel Room.”
Reasonable rates for the young couple. I doubt much “resting” transpires, however. Nice VIP room.
Little tacky Las Vegas creeping in here but one will not miss “Hotel Casablanca”. Of this I am sure. Rates? Amenities?
But of course. Not sure what that blender like object is there for.
Next we have “Xavier’s School for gifted Youngsters…”
“…and people who just want to have sex a lot.”
There are many smaller hotels on the strip but these are the exclamation points visually. At the end of the strip there is a run down no frills type joint used by the professionals and to the left, the tunnel under the road, which looks like a secondary location for a scene out of IRREVERSIBLE.
I have tipped my hat and bid a good evening to several ladies of the night waiting for someone on my way home from the gym passing along this little street of dreams.
Now, why would someone purposefully take this filthy walk several times a week? Other than this being the fastest way from door to door, home to gym, once we pass through this alley and turn left going up the steps, the view regularly has me standing and staring again, even after ten years, inspired.
Check back for the tour will continue. And it just gets weirder.
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As tacky as they are, I really like the way they look. And living in Odaiba for so long, I forget that the rest of Tokyo looks like… well, Tokyo. Thanks for the pictures.
They are fun to pass by a couple times per week. Nobody believes me but after ten years I have still NEVER been in a love hotel. Thanks for the comment.
Wow, that’s crazy. Love hotels are usually where I got dragged to by random college students or OLs the first month I was in Tokyo. Okinawa was the same. But then again for a long time I didn’t have my own place and neither the girls. You got to try them, some of them have really crazy interiors and interesting stuff. As well as. Guest log on the the tables sometimes. You read some funny shit.
Any way for the truly desperate, and lacking in funds and privacy there always are the karaoke places like big echo etc.
See, I have done the Karaoke thing. With Success.
Great start to your scenic tour of Baud and Gaud! I suspect the ladies of the shadows find you a curious creature and are nodding back at your courteous gesture. Looks like a great background for a murder mystery book or spy novel. I look forward to the coming installments and expect it will finish up in a happy ending… 😉
I will do my best! Ikebukuro, full of intrigue.
The homo-erotic loving female teens is just a yaoi thing (probably didn’t get the spelling correct). Think about it this way, men love watching lesbians… it just makes sense that women would enjoy the opposite. You get to see nothing but what you are attracted to instead of only 50%/50% … cause when you watch erotic acts portrayed in the normal fashion the one you don’t watch it for (the person of the same sex) always seems to get in the way at the wrong moments. Hence porn featuring only the sex you are attracted to and for many young women that means guy on guy action. Not my thing. Some female fans of the genre have told me their reasoning and it sounds about like what I just said.
Ghost stuff rocks. Do more ghost stuff. A LOT MORE!
Yakuza, a topic I am usually interested in so more please…
Nice tour. A bit of a Bladerunner walk. Sort of.
How is the curry? Is the bar nice and empty, or at least peaceful?
Their fascination with homo stuff isn’t really the point. What is interesting are the hordes of oddly dressed dorks who wait in a particular spot for some sleazy tour guide to come and lead them to the main area this stuff is sold. It’s bizarre. You’ll see…
Really (you think I will actually get to see)? You have more faith in me than I do right now. I hope I get to see though. Would be interesting. Might even blend in with the crowd and follow along for giggles, especially if I have been drinking.
How come I didn’t know about this blog before? Anyway, I don’t know much about love hotels in Ikebukuro as I usually go to Shibuya or Shinjuku. But they are fun places. I might be one of very few people who actually sing karaoke in love hotels 😀
You sir, are amazing. While I detest and hate singing karaoke, I do nejoy watching. The fact that you go to love hotels and instead of doing the usual love hotel activities decide to sing karaoke is amazing. I would like to shake your hand. I would greatly enjoy getting drunk, going to a love hotel and singing karaoke with someone. Just two people having fun using the place for the totally wrong thing and not giving it a second thought. Out of place fun with out being self conscious. Would be especially funny if the sound carried to other rooms and those trying to get romantic were instead treated to drunken off key karaoke. Would be a blast. You sir, are definately the type of person that would be fun to meet. ROCK ON! Keep marching out of step and tune with the rest of the world, setting down your own beat amidst the rest of the boring world’s march!
One beer in. Planning on drinking at least 6 different kinds of alcohol for this new year’s eve. Surrounding by boring people…potzo signin out.
ps stick around on this blog Yuta, its good stuff.
You’re a hero, sir. Keep singing and don’t stop believing.
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