Love Hotel Hill
Lonely Planet review for Love Hotel Hill
Anyone who thinks that Japan is all about raked pebble gardens, geisha in kimono and Zen meditation hasn’t strolled through Love Hotel Hill. Just west of central Shibuya, this neighbourhood offers one of the largest concentrations of love hotels in Tokyo, where men and women out on the prowl hope the night will end. Depending on your tastes, you can bed down in a variety of themed hotels ranging from miniature Gothic castles and kitschy Arabian palaces to traditional Japanese-themed inns and Balinese-inspired resorts. Although choosing where to go is the best part of visiting a love hotel (well, aside from the actual act itself), our personal favourite is a particular Caribbean-themed love hotel with fake palm trees at the bedside – we’ll leave it to you to find it! To reach Love Hotel Hill, take the road up Dōgenzaka to the left of the Shibuya 109 building. At the top of the hill, on the side streets that run off the main road, is the main concentration of love hotels. Of course, the best way to get around this area is to meet a nice Japanese guy or girl to show you around!