Travelling to Japan and fancy a juicy experience in the capital city? Our Tokyo adult guide will encourage you to leave the kids at home and go explore a less talked about side of Japan.
From an unconventional adult toy industry, through anime desires, to know what to do and not do in Asia's largest red district, Tokyo is one of the most decadent cities in the world.
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Tokyo Adult Guide - The Red Light District
If you are up to some fun whilst in Japan, you probably want to start with the red district in Kabukicho. I always wanted to check out Asia's largest red district for myself and figure out what's really going on there.
It's well known that Kabukicho has many bars run by the Japanese mafia. One quick search online and you will find crazy stories about how tourists were drugged, had their credit cards maxed out or worse.
There are so many dos and don'ts for tourists in this district I wouldn't want to list them all. I will leave it to the experts to tell you more about how to behave and what to look out for when you want to do more than just look.
It's tempting to want to go and visit a parlour or a love hotel which promises fun with hostesses, but the reality is, if you don't speak good Japanese you won't understand what's going on and you will be refused service. My advice is to stay away unless you really know what you are doing.
One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is whilst in Kabukicho, you better watch but not touch. The same applies to food and bars.
The food is not very good. One glance at the reviews and you can see that most restaurants leave tourists disappointed. The prices are high, the quality is poor and there are few authentic places around. Let's face it, people don't usually come to Kabukicho to eat.
There are lots of bars in the area. If a drink is what you are after, make sure you do your research before going in. Ideally, you will not bar hop in Kabukicho, unless you have a Japanese speaking guide.
Kabukicho is a fantastic place to wander around and marvel at the neon lights, but nothing else, unless you are well versed in what's going on behind closed doors.
Tokyo Adult Guide - The Adult Industry in Japan
Just know that engaging in "night trade" activities is illegal in Japan but the definition is strictly limited to coitus. Anything else beyond this is legal. So the option is there, as an open secret.
Sadly, there are many victims of human trafficking and Tokyo is regarded as one of the top trade cities in the world. Please make sure to not be part of the problem if you decide to participate. Always research before you do anything.
Another problem is the legal age of consent in Japan. The legal age of consent in Japan is 13. No surprise you see so many little anime characters who look far too young for their own good.
A quick search and you will uncover a dark side of Japan, where men pay young people for all sorts of things.
Various prefectures introduced their own laws and changed the legal age to 18 to protect children.
Beyond the above, Tokyo is a great place to find a partner and participate in adult-only activities.
The most common areas to find love hotels are Shinjuku (Kabukicho), Shibuya, Ikebukuro and Uguisudani. The hotels are commonly referred to as "Delivery Health/Love Hotels".
Expect that all communication with the booker, the receptionist and the lady you meet will be in Japanese.
Before you start, always check the prefecture's legal requirements to avoid prosecution. There are lots of sites dedicated to the Tokyo adult industry whereby foreigners exchange reviews and recommendations.
It is also wise to research and learn about the various rules, etiquette and terms used during these dealings.
Whether you are solo and up for some fun, or in a loving relationship looking to spice it all up, Tokyo is the place to be in order to find all sorts of crazy experiences.
Tokyo Adult Guide - Akihabara
So what about Akihabara? I know you are intrigued and want to read more about it. Is Akihabara a dark spot on the Tokyo map or just a harmless electronic district?
Hard to say really. The moment you get out of the Akihabara station, you will see massive ads full of anime girls in provocative poses in very short skirts.
It takes time to get to know Akihabara properly. One glance is not enough. You need to insert yourself into the investigation, go from shop to shop, learn, observe, see what others like and what others seek. And it ain't pretty.
Objectified anime is the main attraction in Akihabara, hidden behind a multi-billion dollar industry for the anime-hungry nation. Dolls are paraded around, provocative figurines are for sale for hundreds of dollars.
Maid cafes are in fierce competition with each other, all sending cute Japanese girls dressed as maids to convince you to follow them into the dark realms. Long lines of customers await their turn to marvel at the innocent maids who serve sugary treats, shaped like bunnies and kittens.
What is meant to be a world created for children, soon became an attraction for the mature, who want to taste the fresh fruits of life once more?
Beyond the dark side of Akihabara, there is plenty of good food, fun shops and epic electronic stores waiting to be discovered, without the need to go down the rabbit hole.
M's Pop Life Adult Shop
This wouldn't be a real Tokyo adult guide if I wouldn't send you to M's, Tokyo's largest adult department store. This is a seven-floor shop that promises to bring your fantasies to life. What can one find in such a place?
The top three floors are full of videos, DVDs and all sorts of posters. You can find games, used panties and all sorts of crazy things intended to spice up a boring Sunday.
The fun starts on the fourth floor, where you can find all sorts of cosplay costumes to satisfy all your fantasies. If you want to dress like your favourite anime character, this might be the place to find everything you need. The third floor is women only and has lingerie and exquisite adult toys. If you want sensual and luxurious, this might be the floor for you.
The second floor is dedicated to bondage and dildos. There are sizes, shapes and colours for everyone.
The first floor is dominated by male-only toys. There are a myriad of toys, onaholes and realistic rubber dolls to grab your attention. There are anime dolls, disposable toys as well as electric powered devices.
One glance at M's Pop Life department store and you will clearly understand that Japan is still a male-dominated country. For every device designed for women, there are 10 different types of onaholes for male pleasure.
M's is relatively well priced and has a large variety of products. Expect to spend an hour or so looking for the right toys. When it comes to the male market, Japan seems to be way ahead of Europe.
When it comes to women, though, Japan is way behind, as some of their instruments of pleasures are rather outdated and cumbersome.
As large as M's may be, space is incredibly tight and there is very little personal space with all the other shoppers around. M's is a popular tourist spot, so expect crowds in the main season.
Akihabara has more to offer than meets the eye. If your Tokyo adult only activities mean adult shop hoping, then you are in the right district.
Don Quijote is a multi-story shop located 5 minutes away from M's. Although it's a general shop, the top floor has a dedicated 18+ section.
You will be surprised to see lots of couples shopping for their next perfect toy as if they were picking ingredients for their dinner party. Overall, space is better organised, although the variety is much more limited than in M's.
In the same Don Quijote, you will find a whole floor dedicated solely to cosplay and costumes and the selection is insane.
Tokyo Adult Guide - Best Adult Shops in Tokyo
- M's Pop Life is obviously the first as it is the largest shop in Tokyo.
- Address: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome-15-13
- Wild One is located in Shibuya. They have a crazy basement full of totally wild toys, and three stories dedicated to men only. Women are not allowed past the first floor.
- Address: 150-0043 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Dogenzaka, 2 Chome-29-14
- Don Quijote has not just adult toys, but also costumes, lingerie and items intended for cosplay. It is a one-stop for all.
- Address: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, 4 Chome-3-3 Sotokanda
- Sunshop - Is a toy and video store on the 3rd floor.
- Address: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3 Chome
- Tenga Shop is located in Don Quijote (see above) and sells all branded Tenga products. The shop is a bit expensive, but you will certainly find something fun for your individual needs.
- Condomania is the to-go-to condom store in Harajuku. The shop sells a large variety of condoms and some toys and accessories.
- Address: 150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 6 Chome-6-8
Tokyo Adult Guide - Akihabara Adult Shop Map
It's easy to get lost in Akihabara. The signs are mostly in Japanese, and stores look very much the same to the untrained eye. Usually, the most interesting stores are on the 2nd or 3rd floor, but you won't know about them until you find them by accident.
We have created a handy map for you to guide you on your quest to find the best shops in Akihabara. Simply click on the numbered pins on the map to check the location and a few words about each store.
Akihabara itself is very small, marked green on the map. However, throughout the years, the Electric town took over a larger area surrounding Akihabara, marked blue on the map.
We recommend visiting Akihabara during the early evening hours, just after dark, so you can fully immerse yourself in this vibrant, crazy world.
Akihabara Tour with a Personal Maid
Explore Tokyo's centre of anime and manga culture with a personal maid on a unique 2.5-hour sightseeing tour of the vibrant Akihabara district. Learn more about popular culture in Japan, and then go to a maid café.
Duration: 2.5 hours | Check prices & availability here
Private Electric Town Experience
Discover the weird, wonderful world of Akihabara Electric Town on this 2.5-hour private tour, exploring Japan's Otaku culture. You will engage in fun karaoke and visit a maid-themed cafe on this light-hearted tour.
Duration: 2.5 hours | Check prices & availability here
Akihabara 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour
Enjoy a 2-hour tour of Tokyo's Akihabara neighbourhood including a visit to a “maid cafe” or a “Fresh and Kawaii moe sushi” experience.
Duration: 2 hours | Check prices & availability here
Akihabara Go-Kart Guided Tour or Rental
Discover Tokyo from a different perspective with a go-kart rental or with a guide in the Akihabara neighbourhood. Ride your fun vehicle through the public streets after a briefing on how to drive the go-karts before you set off. Explore at your own pace.
Duration: 1-2 hours | Check prices & availability here
Tokyo Adult Guide - Love Hotels
There are so many love hotels in Tokyo especially in the Love Hotel Hill in Shibuya, Kabukicho area, Ikebukuro’s north side, and Uguisudani Station. As a rule, you should avoid the cheapest option, as you usually get what you pay for.
Love Hotels in a well-known area can also take full advantage of their customers and charge more. Weekends are more expensive and try to check in early evenings as otherwise, you will get left with the full-night option which is of course pricier.
Love Hotels are known for their privacy, and you and your company don't have any other human interaction. There have been times when love hotels refused entry for non-Japanese looking clientele, same-gender couples or more than two individuals. This is not always the case, hence checking the reviews and finding the right love hotels for your needs is paramount.
Tokyo Adult Guide - Best Love Hotels in Shinjuku
The following Love Hotels are foreign friendly and highly rated. Please use common sense when visiting these hotels and ensure that you follow all laws, rules and regulations to avoid any issues.
Love hotels have various attributes, some with themed rooms, weird decorations and access to all sort of toys. There are usually vending machines which sell beverages as well as adult toys and costumes. There is no extra charge for juicy programs either, unlike normal hotels.
Love hotels have "rest" (休憩) times (lasting about 2-3 hours) and "stay" (宿泊) times (overnight). Rest rates start from 3000 yen, while stay rates can be double or triple the price. Note that some hotels don't allow re-entry as the doors typically close automatically behind you. So ask if this is the case or bear that in mind. Payment is often at a machine, but sometimes through a small window where you can only see the receptionists hands.
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