[[caption-width-right:350:Fitting name.]]

->''"Ah, that's where '''those''' hotels are."''
-->-- '''Junpei''', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''

It's ''hard'' to have anything approaching an adult relationship in Japan. Especially the Japan of anime. Once you get past the obstacles of [[LoserProtagonist attracting any attention]], actually getting around to [[MeetCute encountering an amenable romantic interest]] without [[NakedFirstImpression blowing it from the get-go]], running the gauntlet of [[LoveYouAndEverybody finding]] [[LoveLetterLunacy true]] [[TheNoseBleed love]], and sidestepping [[LoveObstructingParents typical]] [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise anime]] [[MayflyDecemberRomance romantic]] [[CanNotSpitItOut obstacles]], there is still one surprisingly difficult issue.

Japan is crowded. Japan is expensive (well, Tokyo's expensive, and [[CreatorProvincialism nowhere else counts]], right?[[note]]Actually, the rest of the country really isn't a ''lot'' better as far as property prices go; see the Anime and Manga section of FriendsRentControl.[[/note]]). As a result, even if you're of age to engage in certain physical activities, you probably don't have any private space in which to do that and not get caught. You may even be living with your parents, which is a [[ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime whole other level of uncomfortable]]. Even if you can manage a rendezvous, your six-''tatami'', underlit, cluttered room with the one-person futon isn't likely to inspire romance. And unlike your North American counterparts, you likely don't own [[AutoErotica a car]] and only advanced, highly acrobatic positions tend to be possible on a bicycle, even with the kickstand down.

So, what's a couple to do, at least without acting like a {{Hentai}} pair (i.e. MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces) and using any location within two minutes walk of where the mood strikes?

Enter the love hotel. Over the last number of years, the love hotel industry has become quite profitable. They are locations which specialize in providing a place for a couple to have sex.

In the West, [[NoTellMotel hotels of this sort]] tend to be seedy, quasi-criminal affairs frequented by prostitutes and populated by unsavory characters, or motels far, ''far'' outside city limits, reachable only by car and the location of choice for affairs and civil servants (or at least, [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront people who claim to be civil servants]]). However, classic Japanese discretion and love of commercial pomp have made the typical Japanese hotel a combination of a well-run Holiday Inn, Disneyland, and an upscale adult toy store. Some are quite gaudy on the outside, while many are distinguishable from the outside only by the reduced number and size of windows facing the street. Some of the innovations that might be seen:

* Multiple separate entrance and exit points, to reduce the chance of running into someone you know.
* Automated key dispensers with visual displays of the rooms. When a room is paid for, the display goes dark and the key is dropped into a snack-machine style slot.
* Mini-bars and room options with an ''interesting'' list of purchasable items. Sometimes up to and including costumes and bondage gear.
* Truly creative theme rooms, often combined with the options above. This can, of course, lead to some questionable [[http://www.kittyhell.com/2007/01/18/hello-kitty-love-hotel-bondage/ choices]]. (Warning: Link mildly NotSafeForWork)

Needless to say, love hotels get portrayed with that equivocated attitude that necessary but scandalous things usually inspire. For that reason, the {{Yakuza}} sometimes have a habit of camping outside the entrances with cameras, then [[{{Blackmail}} demanding payment to keep the pictures confined]].


[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' featured an infamous sex scene where Yohko's grandma is racing on her motorcycle through Tokyo to stop a demon-possessed Osamu from taking Yohko's virginity at a love hotel.
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' had a number of adventures regarding love hotels. Akemi luring Godai to one in a failed attempt to get Kozue to dump him (and stir up Kyoko in the process) may be the most notorious.
* The OVA episode of ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' featured a visit to a love hotel that was placed in a strangely rural, idyllic area.
* In ''Manga/{{DNA2}}'', Junta teleports himself and Kotomi to one and instantly says that it's ''not'' what he planned, thinking that the Mega Playboy inside of him subconsciously brought them there. Kotomi says [[IfItsYouItsOkay she'd be okay with going in]] during her continued attempt to change herself to appeal to him, but Junta decides to not go in. [[MoodWhiplash Two guys then appear]] and drag Kotomi into a back alley after knocking Junta out and are going to rape her, but Junta wakes up and stops them. PlayedForLaughs when Karin, using her own telekinetic abilities, tries to sense where the two are and is shown to repeatedly ambush couples outside of various love hotels in failed attempts to catch the two before anything happens.
* In one episode of ''Manga/LoveHina'', Naru panics when it appears that Keitaro is dragging her towards a love hotel. [[NotWhatItLooksLike It turns out]], of course, that he's more interested in the sticker booth. Also, Mutsumi takes Keitaro to one, and he wakes up naked wondering what he's doing there. It seems that [[TheDitz Mutsumi]] is pretty clueless about what they are.
** In the manga, [[spoiler: Keitaro and Naru actually ''do'' go to a (tastefully decorated) love hotel to get funky. In typical anime/manga fashion, they are interrupted. By a giant tortoise and his looks-like-a-tan-Shinobu owner.]]
* ''Manga/FutariEcchi'': Makoto and Yura go to one at the end of every date. There is even one on the street where they live. And Yuuko, a minor character, has been stated to have collected matchboxes from ''over 100 different love hotels'' she has visited with her boyfriend.
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' has a recently motel-turned-hotel in episode 15, complete with funky lights and a single rotating bed that the residents of each room have to share. HilarityEnsues since they were staying in this hotel on a ''class trip.'' In ''[[HoYay gender-segregated rooms.]]''
* In an episode of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', Belldandy is unwittingly brought to what appears to be a love hotel by TheCasanova-ish RecurringCharacter. In the manga version of this incident, she recognized the decor once she was inside ... because Urd had earlier redecorated Keiichi's room to resemble a love hotel room.
* Episode 3 of ''Manga/HighSchoolGirls'' is focused on a love hotel.
* In the anime ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'', something of a LampshadeHanging occurs; on the crowded space station, non-work space is so limited that the hotels provided for transient commercial visitors are about the only place a couple can go and not be seen by half the station crew and all their workmates. Of course, it's understood that because of this, perfectly ordinary, casual, platonic dates happen in hotel rooms ''all the time''.
* In the last episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', Watanabe takes Hyatt (who is [[FreakyFridayFlip stuck in Excel's body]]) to a love hotel. Unfortunately for him, Excel (in Hyatt's body) interrupts before anything can happen.
** Dr. Shiouji takes Cosette to the same hotel, but leaves when he finds out [[OlderThanTheyLook she's a fully consenting adult and not a child]] [[GagBoobs with a huge rack]].
* In ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'', Kaoru Hanabishi and Tina Foster are caught without transportation home due to bad weather. The only place they can find for shelter turns out to be a love hotel.
* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic: The Second Raid'', Chidori Kaname invites a propositioning stranger to a love hotel. Then she knocks him out with a stun gun and handcuffs him to the shower, and takes advantage of the privacy of the room to check herself for tracking devices, having only asked the man to take her to the hotel as a means of trying to shake the person she's (correctly) convinced is shadowing her.
* Used quite frequently in the OVA ''End of Summer''.
* When Kagetora and Beni run away from Beni's father in ''Shinobi Life'', they get stranded at a train station and look for a place to stay. The only option is a love hotel. Kagetora, being from the past (feudal Japan, it seems), has no idea what it is and innocently enters, asking for a room. Beni jumps through all kinds of hoops to keep him from finding out what the hotel is actually for. HilarityEnsues, followed by MoodWhiplash.
* In the second season of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', upon returning to Japan and on account of being a fugitive, Hei takes up residence in an abandoned love hotel in a flooded and abandoned section of Tokyo.
* For secrecy/[[TheTease to annoy his love interest]], Kazuma of ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' arranges a meeting with the FairCop at a love hotel.
* Takamura Mamoru from ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' attempted to drag a girl he hooked up with on a group date. He got outright rejected for it.
** Not only he was rejected, but the rumors ''reached the local news''. [[TeamDad Coach Kamogawa]] [[AmusingInjuries was PISSED]] when he found out.
* In Juzo Itami's ''A Taxing Woman'' the heroine gets a line on the bad guy's criminal empire by auditing the bedsheets and laundry at one of these. Also, the theme rooms depicted have to be seen to be believed. These hotels are even clearly visible in real life from the Narita Express train (or at least they were back in 1995).
* In the final ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' OVA, Captains Gotoh and Nagumo take shelter in a LoveHotel during a rainstorm and ''almost'' get involved in some hanky-panky... but the restraint they show makes the episode one of the most mature and heartwarming episodes of the franchise.
* In one chapter of ''Manga/PsychicAcademy'', Ai takes Orina to one. However, his mental link with Orina's roommate causes him to realize that Mew is in trouble, and they leave to rescue her before anything actually happens.
* In ''Baby Pop'', the main characters - for lack of an ''actual'' hotel room - [[CrowningMomentOfFunny race]] a {{Salaryman}} and his lady friend for the last room in a Love Hotel. That said main characters are father and step-daughter only makes it funnier/more awkward.
* In ''Anime/MyselfYourself'', Syuri and Syusuke are accused of being seen coming out of a love hotel; since they're ''twins'', it kicks off a shitstorm that results in the two of them [[PutOnABus running away]] to avoid being separated.
* In ''Koibana Onsen'', Gin and Moeka go to a love hotel when they first try to have sex.
* A major motif in ''Manga/BGataHKei''. In multiple episodes, Yamada attempts to take Kosuda to one, and in the last episode [[spoiler: they actually attempt to have sex in one.]]
* Toward the end of the second ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' movie, "Summer's Beginning", [[spoiler: Kyosuke takes Madoka to a Love Motel where, after a sweet (and naked) heart-to-heart, [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex they make love]] [[TheirFirstTime for the first time]].]]
* In ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', [[SnakePeople Miia]] drags Kimihito into one for the sake of getting some privacy from the onlookers gawking at her. He's terribly embarrassed. Once they're inside, she does come onto him, but before they can do anything the place gets stormed by a SWAT team, since InterspeciesRomance is illegal at this point in the series.
* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', during Shido and Tohka's first date, they win a ticket for a free night at a love hotel called the Dream Park. Tohka, who is vastly ignorant of human society, innocently tries to enter, but Shido gets really embarrassed, points out they are too young to go to such a place, and drags her away.
** In ''Mayuri Judgement'', Yuzuru actually dragged Shido into a hotel called Alien Denai. The embarrassed face she had when she gets out heavily implies the hotel to be this.
* In Manga/DoujinWork, Najimi invites a boy friend to one of these... just to see the room and sketch it for future drawing reference.
* In the first episode of the {{Hentai}} Anime OVA series ''Kimihagu'', the protagonist and Madoka accidentally end up in one while trying to find shelter from the rain. No points for guessing what happens.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* A French graphic novel by Creator/FredericBoilet about a Westerner in Japan is actually titled ''ComicBook/LoveHotel''. The protagonist, somewhat acquainted with Japanese culture but fairly clueless, ends up using one as a regular hotel, and later on mistakenly gives the hotel's card to a business contact.

[[folder: Fanfic]]
* According to a couple of brief lines ''"Batteries"'', Ryuuko started off and conducted her [[TheOldestProfession business]] in one of these.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': When Asuka tells Hikari about her conflicted romantic feelings and that she's giving serious thought to [[{{Polyamory}} "the Tenchi Option"]], the following exchange takes place:
-->'''Asuka''': "And I don't care how lewd and improper you think it is, this is the 21st century. Girls can have harems too if they want to."
-->'''Hikari''': "Well, it can't be more lewd and improper than getting your little sister to cover for you while you sneak off to love hotels."
:: Suffice to say that Hikari and Toji's offscreen RelationshipUpgrade was more thorough than Asuka had previously imagined.

[[folder: Film ]]
* In ''Film/CityOfGod'', the big robbery by the Trio Ternura occurs in the Brazilian equivalent (a cross between the Japanese and Western ones; it is outside the titular slum, but built for a specific purpose - including mirrored ceilings). There is a humorous moment where one of the gang members walks into one of the rooms and tries to figure out exactly what and how the several people occupying the bed are doing.
** And later in the movie comes a deeply disturbing scene that explains why the Trio Ternura were wanted for mass murder when there was supposed to be no killing.
* In ''Film/DumbAndDumber'', Harry and Lloyd stayed in one while on a road trip to Aspen complete with a heart-shape bath tub.
* There's a cute scene in ''Bollywood/JabWeMet'' where the male and female end up at one of these. He knows what it is, she does not. The owner asks him for how many hours does he want the room? The guy tries to tell him "all night", but she protests saying "We only need it for a few hours!" And "Why pay for the whole night?" She is a very pretty, obviously upstanding girl, and the hotel owner beckons the guy closer and whispers "Wherever did you find her?"
* In ''Film/LesMiserables2012'', Monsieur Thernardier is shown having his inn double as one. During "Master of the House", he's charging extra for "benefits" such as a bed that fits them both, clean sheets, a door that locks, etc. And meanwhile, he pickpockets them while their clothes are unattended.
* In the Chilean movie ''Sexo con amor'', an intimate and quite iconic scene between [[spoiler: HotTeacher Luisa and one of the parents]] happens inside the Chilean version of a love hotel. It has [[spoiler: Luisa]] sitting naked ''on a carousel''.
** The scene was filmed inside a real life (and very popular) motel in Santiago, the "Hotel Valdivia". Sadly, in June 2013 the original building was demolished.
* Both versions of ''Film/SupermanII'' have Clark and Lois pose as a couple and check into one near Niagara Falls to do a human interest story on honeymoon getaways.
* ''Film/WhatsNewPussycat'' ends up with all the principal characters converging at an elegant chateau-hotel that thrives on this kind of business.
* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Logan and Mariko stay in one for the night although no love making actually occurs (at least, not at the hotel).
* ''The Bobo'' has a scene where Peter Sellers and Britt Ekland visit such a place - an over-the-top affair with a giant bed that folds down from the wall, a tv in the ceiling, and a manager dressed like Louis XIV.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* In Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/{{Idoru}}'', several characters rent a room at a Love Hotel, mostly to make use of their room's internet connection.
* The book ''Japan-Think, Ameri-Think'', which analyzes cultural differences between the two nations, relates a story about two American businessmen who checked into one and then spent a while ordering beers while occasionally calling the front desk to let the staff know they were "available". [[LateToTheRealization Eventually]] they figured out that it was ''not'', in fact, a brothel, and the two men slunk away with the embarrassing realization that the staff [[MistakenForGay thought they rented the room for themselves]].
* Plenty of these turn up in ''Literature/DeepLove''. Justified because the main character is a prostitute.

[[folder: Live Action Television ]]
* A Western example on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'': In one episode Blanche tries to seduce a man who wants an [[LetsWaitAwhile old-fashioned romance]] by luring him to one of these. It is island-themed, and full of remote-controlled features clearly designed for kinky sex.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* The adventure "Colors of Sacrifice" for the ''TabletopGame/{{Trinity}}'' RPG includes a scene set at Chain Hotel. ([[InSpace On the moon!]]) The name does ''not'' come from it being a franchise.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', one of the areas you face the [[TarotMotifs Arcana Shadows]] in is a love hotel. The Shadow dwelling inside attempts to MindControl the protagonist and a teammate into... making use of the facilities, but the attempt fails.
* As mentioned above, in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' the main characters stay at [[MythologyGag the same hotel]] for their class trip thanks to their teacher, [[{{Jerkass}} Ms. Kashiwagi]], having no sense of propriety whatsoever.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s Honey Bee Inn, which is also famous for having a lot of DummiedOut content that was even more extreme than what ended up in the game proper and thus didn't make the final cut. According to [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Honey_Bee_Inn#Development statements by the developers]] apparently published in the Ultimania Omega guide, the original event planner was pretty fond of [[CensorDecoy creating weird events that kept getting edited]] like that.
* In the Funcom MMO ''Videogame/TheSecretWorld'', players naturally end up encountering one of these when they finally get around to visiting Tokyo. Located in one of Kaidan District's seedier regions, the Dream Palace serves as the final location of Issue #10, and as the sole remaining employee explains, they can easily accommodate just about any fetish their customers might exhibit. Not that you get to enjoy their services - after all, even if player characters weren't all strictly business, the [[ApocalypseHow current]] [[CosmicHorrorStory state]] [[GhostCity of Kaidan]] doesn't exactly offer up a generous supply of romantic partners. Closer investigation reveals that a private detective was keeping the place monitored so he could blackmail wealthy businessmen caught with their pants down; the hotel itself is secretly owned by [[spoiler: the Phoenician Brotherhood]]; and of course, the AV suite has been impregnated with the living memories of [[spoiler: [[MouthOfSauron the Black Signal]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare back when he was still human]].]] Oh, and the final mission of Issue #10 involves you paying a visit to that particular room and experiencing [[GoMadFromTheRevelation the last romantic encounter that occurred there]].
* From what's implied, ''VideoGame/DotFlow'''s Sweet Sugar is one of these. There is a small event here where we briefly see Sabitsuki's reflection in ShouldersUpNudity.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''{{VisualNovel/Crescendo|EienDatoOmotteItaAnoKoro}}'':
** In [[spoiler: [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Yuka Otowa]] ]]'s path, where she leads the main character into one. [[spoiler: Please [[SecretTestOfCharacter don't have sex with her there.]] [[GuiltBasedGaming Really]], [[DownerEnding DON'T]].]]
** In [[spoiler:[[HospitalHottie Kaori Shito]] ]]'s path, she and Ryo check into one of these to ease their drunkenness. [[spoiler:In this case, Ryo has to [[WhatTheHellHero peak into her wallet]] to get to her Best Ending.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', the PC can have... ''interesting'' encounters in front of one of these, if he does ''Pleasure'' tasks in certain days and hours. One involves meeting a really weird blue-haired girl, another has him walking on [[spoiler: prospect love interest Mayumi]] when she's about to [[spoiler:sell her panties to a ''burusera'' shop]]...
* ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'': The game mentions (but does not show) a time that Rin and Shirou, now a couple, decided to make use of one. It didn't turn out well, due to just about everything that could possibly go wrong going wrong, including the power and heat going out in the middle of their stay.
* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' introduces a Love Hotel as a bonus for RelationshipValues. If the player has [[spoiler:Saihara]] invite another character in there, and they'll see him as their fantasy ideal partner. Said fantasies will vary from character to character, and some are even platonic. In the end, only three ([[spoiler:Kaede]], Himiko, and Tsumugi) will end up seducing him, though not for lack of trying by others.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* ''Webcomic/OkashinaOkashi / Strange Candy'' had one. The portal to the next world turned out to be in the ceiling mirror of one of the kinkier rooms.
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' features [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/727 a scene]] where the sweet virginal (Ahem?) heroine Kimiko notes that she hasn't been to one in years, not since dragging her drunk roommate Erika out of one. Erika quickly informs her that, yes Kimiko has, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/728 twice that Erika knows of]], and that she wasn't fooling anyone. Kimiko reluctantly concedes that it was "Once. Maybe."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', Sette manages to [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_35.html get into one]], with her drooling "attack zombie" in tow, by {{Squick}}ing the key out of the receptionist. The built-in magic soundproofing comes in handy when she lures one of the Red Berry Boys inside.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" Homer and Marge go to the western version of one of these (the ''Aphrodite Inn''), they have themed rooms (Camelot, Pharaoh, Caveman etc.) but the only one left is called "The Utility Room". It turns out to be the Hotel's actual Utility Room with a couple of camp beds in it.
** The show also plays with the "seedy motel" end of the scale. Every time the Simpsons have to leave Evergreen Terrace, they end up staying in the "Sleep-Eazy Motel", where part of the sign is burned out. And every time, Mayor Quimby is in a nearby room with a bimbo.
* A DeletedScene from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' from Heffer and Rocko's RoadTrip involve the pair stopping at a "No Tell Motel", with the attendant first saying they're full before a ding comes from behind him. "Oh, looks like we have an early departure!" He also expresses admiration at the pair wanting the room for a full night.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Creator/{{Nintendo}} tried branching out into this. This was well before they found out toys and games were a much better business. Also means that anyone who claims Nintendo has always been into kids' stuff doesn't know the full story.
** However, the reason why Nintendo's love hotels bombed was because (according to people who have gone there in the past) the people in the said hotels can not have... well, you know, and bombed because of it.
* The 'Love Hotel' Emoji 🏩 [[http://emojipedia.org/love-hotel/]] Is usually portrayed as a pink building with a heart or an 'H' on it. However, because they look similar (especially if one is using a Sony phone), some Western users may mistake this for a "Hospital" emoji or a "get well soon" symbol.
* A small number of hotel chains of this nature do exist in the USA, Sybaris being a well-known example in the Midwest. The smallest rooms feature a bedroom, full bathroom, wet bar and a hot tub and quickly escalate to having steam showers, fireplaces, and increasingly larger indoor pools up to where the largest not even has an indoor water slide but is effectively a small house with a two-car garage to make the customer feel like they've arrived at a luxurious vacation home.