Out of town Love hotel architecture is often fantastically garish, with the buildings often designed in the shape of castles, space ships or boats.
Inner city love hotels are more understated in their exteriors to fit in with the surrounding buildings, so as not to risk the opposition of local residents and shopkeepers.
A good introduction to the brash interior design and decor of Japan's love hotels is Love Hotels - The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan with photographs by Misty Keasler.
Here are a few examples of love hotels from Osaka.
Love hotels are also known as "boutique hotels","fashion hotels" or even "leisure hotels". Colloquially the term in Japanese is ラブホ (rabuho).
The Japanese Love Hotel industry is estimated to generate 4 trillion yen in annual business. Short-term hotels for privacy and sexual pleasure have existed in Japan since the Edo Period.
The most expensive part of a Love Hotel room's interior decor is the bathroom.
Love Hotels in Tokyo
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Books on Japanese Art and Design
Japan Love Hotel Osaka architecture
Tuesday, February 20, 2007