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Japan's Nostalgic Showa Retro Love Hotels

Posted on November 27, 2020

With the revival of city pop and future funk comes the appreciation of all things Showa, including love hotels. No, love hotels aren’t seedy back-of-the-alley brothels, but rather an important part of Japanese nightlife. Perhaps you want an undisturbed night away from family and friends, or maybe you’re not ready to take the next step and bring your partner home, or maybe you even want to just have a sleepover with some friends?

photo: @mangooouu

Most love hotels will offer you “rest” and “stay” prices, typically cheaper than if you stay a night at a normal hotel. Not only do love hotels already have a distinct look to them, but Showa retro love hotels especially stand out. With designs reminiscent of this funky era, make the most of a night away by staying in an equally funky themed room.

When you first enter a love hotel, you will either be greeted with a board that showcases available rooms, or a discrete window where you will be able to pay for your room without having to face any workers (no this isn’t shady, they’re just respecting your privacy!).

photo: @kanbaaaan

The possibility of themed rooms are endless, and every hotel is sure to offer you a unique room to suit your taste.

If something cute and pink is your thing, why not chose a room like this and throw on an upbeat city pop song?

 photo: @lovehotelkawaiine

photo: @lovehotelkawaiine

Or maybe you’re a big fan of characters like Snoopy?

photo: @mangooouu

Or maybe you want something more out-of-this-world? From holographic walls to beds that move, Showa love hotels are sure to be a once in a life time experience.

photo: @kanbaaaan

photo: @kanbaaaan

Love hotels are stocked with everything you could need- and then some, and will surely stand out from your average hotel experience.

photo: @ayuminabe

Love hotels, being a rather peculiar concept, seem to be popular with foreigners, so if you’re going to stay at one, why not stay someplace unique and memorable, rather than your basic love hotel? When in Rome, do as the Romans do, but when in Japan, stay in a Showa love hotel and have the night of your life 😉

written by: Shannan Tanaka

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