7 Creepiest Abandoned Japanese Love Hotels

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Main lobby of Queen Chateau Soapland

With a whopping 500 million visits a year, love hotels – establishments that offer couples a private, short-stay location in which they can indulge in the pleasures of the flesh – are a booming business in Japan. Indeed, it’s been estimated that 1.4 million Japanese people, or 2% of the country’s population, visit a love hotel each day.


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Dusty old room in Queen Love Hotel

While love hotels are undoubtedly used for prostitution, regular couples also avail themselves of this rather bizarre-seeming amenity as well. Because many Japanese people still stay at home until they are married (and sometimes even afterwards, with newlyweds moving in with one of the sets of in-laws) they frequently take advantage of the good rates, quirky themes and – vitally – the privacy that love hotels offer.

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Creepy corridor in Yui Grand Love Hotel

Although often kitsch in their heyday, the love hotels shown here would surely all sooner be restored to their former tawdriness than remain in the state of ruin to which many of them have been reduced.

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