Question: What are “adults only” hotels in Japan?
Background: tourists who use travel websites when booking hotels in Japan may see listings that say “Adults Only”. For example:
- Expedia.com: Hotel Trance – Adults Only
- Orbitz: Hotel Fine Rokko Kita Ichibanchi – Adults Only
- Travelocity: V Hotel – Adults Only
- Booking.com: Liberal (Adult Only)
Answer: As I explain in the following post, Sleeping with Hello Kitty: travel sites bring foreigners to Japan’s love hotels, the term “Adults Only” generally means that this is a “Love Hotel”. Love hotels were initially created to give couples a place to enjoy sexual activity in privacy. According to Wikipedia, the names comes from “Hotel Love” in Osaka, which was built in 1968.
View from a Hello Kitty-themed love hotel room: