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Tokyo Adult Guide: 18+ only activities in Japan

Things you always wanted ask about Japan & Akihabara

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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 sex 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 - Shinjuku Kabukicho

If you are up to some fun whilst in Japan, you probably want to hit the red district in Kabukicho. I don't blame you, I wanted to check it out for myself and enjoy the coloured neon lights, great food establishments and inviting bars.

However, there are so many do's and don'ts for tourists, especially non-Japanese speakers. It is well known that Kabukicho has many bars ran by the Japanese mafia. One search and you will come across crazy stories on how tourists were drugged, had their credit cards maxed out, and worse.

It's tempting to want to go and visit a parlour, or a bar which promises fun with hostesses, but the reality is, if you don't speak good Japanese to be able to at least understand what's going on around you, my advice is to stay away. However, don't be disheartened by this, there are tons of options to experience some fun aspects of Asian adult life before visiting Japan.

One of the best advice I can give you is whilst in Kabukicho, you better watch but not touch. Same applies for food and bars.

Food is not very good, and usually, one glance at reviews and you can see that most restaurants leave tourists disappointed. The prices are high, quality is poor and there are few authentic places around.

There are lots of bars in the area, though. If one 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 look and wander around, but nothing else, unless you are well versed in what's going on.

Tokyo Adult Guide - Akihabara

Of course, I was going to bring Akihabara into the conversation. You 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 see massive ads full of little anime girls in provocative poses too young for the length of their skirts. But Akihabara takes time to get to know 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 little girls are the main attraction in Akihabara, hidden behind a multi-billion dollar industry for the anime-hungry nation. Sexy 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 where cute becomes sexy. Long lines of customers await their turn to marvel at the innocent little 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 again.

Porn Akihabara

I'm not trying to be judgemental, as, after a few days meandering in Akihabara, I kinda learned to like it. There is plenty of good food, fun shops and epic electronic stores which can be discovered in Akihabara, without the need to go down the instant gratification path. However, if you do, Akihabara might be the best place for it. Here's why:

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Tokyo Adult Guide: 18+ only activities in Japan

Tokyo Adult Guide: 18+ only activities in Japan

This would be no real Tokyo adult guide if I wouldn't send you to M's, Tokyo's largest sex department store. This is a seven-floor shop which promises to bring your fantasies to life. As Japan is well known for its unconventional sex practices, naturally, a sex store must be visited. What can one find in such a place?

The top three floors are full of videos, DVDs and all sorts of posters. Find games, and used panties and all sort of crazy things intended to spice up a boring Sunday.

The fun starts on the fourth floor, where you can find all sort of cosplay and costumes to satisfy your school girl fantasies. If you want to dress like your favourite anime character, this might be the place to find everything you need. The third floor has women lingerie and exquisite vibrators. If you want sensual and luxurious, this might be the floor for you.

The second floor is dedicated to bondage items and dildos. There are sizes, shapes and colours for everyone.

The first floor is dominated by male-only toys, as there are myriad of fake vaginas, onaholes and realistic rubber dolls to grab your attention. There are scaled dolls, animes, disposable toys as well as electric powered devices.

One glance at M's Pop Life sex department store and you will clearly understand that Japan is still a male-dominated country. For every rabbit vibrator out there, there are 10 different types of onaholes specifically designed for male pleasure.

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M's is relatively well priced and has various products which you probably didn't even know they existed. 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 big as M's may be, space is incredibly tight and you might as well shop online, as the experience in the shop tends to be a lack of personal space.

Forgive me, but I can't imagine anyone interested in shopping for their perfect pocket vagina whilst three other people rub onto you as they move along the aisle. Overall, the concept is good but it lacks space and a bit of privacy.

Maid Cafe Japan

Akihabara has more to offer than meets the eye. If your Tokyo adult guide means sex shop hoping, then you are in the right district.

Don Quijote is a multi-story shop located 5 minutes away from M's. Although a bit more versatile, the store has a dedicated 18+ section full of vibrators, dildoes, edible panties and male masturbators.

You will be surprised to see lots of couples shopping for their next perfect toy as if they are selecting the best cake ingredients for their dinner party. Overall, space is better organised, although the variety is much more limited than in M's. Nonetheless, it's worth mentioning that Don Quijote has a special floor dedicated solely to cosplay and costumes.

Where to stay near Akihabara

Akihabara is one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Tokyo. As Akihabara is in central Tokyo, expect higher than average prices in this area. The hotels we picked below are only a few minutes walk from Akihabara.

APA Hotel Akihabaraeki-DenkigaiguchiCheck APA Hotel Akihabaraeki-Denkigaiguchi on Booking.com

APA Hotel Akihabaraeki-Denkigaiguchi

Super close to Akihabara, APA Hotel Akihabaraeki-Denkigaiguchi offers rooms larger than usual rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, kettle, private bathroom - fitted with a bath, free toiletries and a hairdryer. At APA Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi, the rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

Super Hotel Akihabara Suehirocho

Opened in April 2015, Super Hotel Akihabara Suehirocho offers well-equipped rooms with free WiFi and complimentary breakfast for all guests. Akihabara Station Electric Town is an 8-minute walk from the hotel.

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

Akihabara Washington Hotel

Conveniently located just a 1-minute walk from JR Akihabara station, Akihabara Washington Hotel offers modern accommodation with a restaurant. Air-conditioned guestrooms are fitted with a refrigerator, a work desk and a flat-screen TV. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub.

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

Tokyo Adult Guide - Best Sex Shops in Tokyo

  • M's is obviously a candidate as it is one of the largest and everyone's favourite.
  • Wild One is a sex shop 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.
  • Don Quijote has not just sex toys, but also costumes, lingerie and items intended for cosplay. It is a one-stop for all.
  • Sunshop - Is a sex toy and video store on the 3rd floor of the building.
  • Tenga Shop is located in Don Quijote and has all the merchandise you need to become loyal to the brand. Careful though, their products can be rather expensive, but designed for individual needs and preferences.
  • Condomania is the to-go-to store for a bit of fun in Harajuku. This place is more innocent and aimed at beginners looking to explore more.

Tokyo Adult Guide - Akihabara Sex 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.

We have compiled a handy map for you to guide you on your quest to find the best sex 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 Experiences

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 lighthearted 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-sex 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.

HOTEL PERRIER (Adult Only)Check Love Hotel Perrier (Adult only) on Booking.com

Love Hotel Perrier (Adult only)

Situated in Tokyo's largest red-light district, Kabukicho in Shinjuku, HOTEL PERRIER (Adult Only) is a love hotel that features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. There is a 24-hour front desk on site and free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV with Video-on-Demand, karaoke and a DVD player. The en-suite bathroom comes with a TV and is fitted with a spa bath, bathrobes and slippers. Free toiletries are provided for guest's convenience.

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

Love Hotel An Shinjuku Kabukicho (Adult Only)

Situated in Tokyo's largest nightlife district in Japan, HOTEL & SPA AN Shinjuku Kabukicho is a love hotel designed for adults only.

A flat-screen TV with satellite channels, Blu-ray player and game console, as well as a laptop and a computer are featured. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom. Extras include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

Love Hotel & Spa J-Mex Shinjuku Kabukicho (Adult Only)

Situated in Tokyo's largest nightlife district in Japan, HOTEL & SPA J-MEX Shinjuku Kabukicho is a love hotel designed for adults only.

All soundproof rooms at Hotel & SPA J-MEX come with a flat-screen TV with a blu-ray player, VOD, and karaoke. Each room features a different decor and is equipped with a private sauna and a spa bath with a TV. Bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries are provided. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

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 sex 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 usually close automatically behind you. So ask if this is the case or bear that in mind. Payment is usually at a machine but sometimes through a small window where you can only see the receptionists hands.

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Tokyo Adult Guide - The Sex Industry in Japan

Prostitution is illegal in Japan BUT prostitution is strictly limited to coitus (penis penetrating vagina). Anything else beyond this (anal penetration, oral sex etc) is perfectly legal. So in a sense, prostitution is there, as an open secret. There are lots of victims to human trafficking and Tokyo is regarded as one of the top trade cities of the world.

Another problem is the legal age of consent in Japan. Are you ready? 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. Various prefectures started introducing their own laws, whereby sex with children under the age of 18 is strictly forbidden.

A quick search and you will uncover a dark side of Japan, where men pay 13-year-old children for sexual pleasures.

Before you want to engage in any sort of sexual activity, make sure you 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 for escorts.

Whether you are solo and up for some adult fun, or in a loving relationship looking to spice up your sex life, Tokyo is the place to be in order to find all sort of crazy experiences. From sex toys, through decadent parlours, to innocent looking maid cafes, you can honestly find over 50 things to do in Tokyo.

Where to Stay in Shinjuku

Apart from love and capsule hotels, there are plenty of great accommodation options in Shinjuku. If you want to be in the heart of Tokyo and enjoy proximity to most of the city's main attractions, finding a hotel in Shinjuku is a great choice.

Whether you are a budget, midrange or luxury traveller, we curated our favourite accommodation in Shinjuku to make sure you are comfortable and enjoy your stay. Alternatively, please check where to stay in Tokyo for more options in other, quieter neighbourhoods.

Hotel ShinjukuCheck Hilton Tokyo Hotel on Booking.com

Hilton Tokyo Hotel

Offering free access to its indoor pool, sauna and fitness centre, Hilton Tokyo Hotel overlooks Shinjuku Central Park and the Shinjuku Skyscraper District. It offers a buffet restaurant and stylish rooms with movies-on-demand. Free WiFi is available on levels 1 and 2, the Marble Lounge and the Executive Lounge.

Rooms at the Tokyo Hilton are elegantly decorated and offer views of the cosmopolitan Shinjuku area. Guests can sip a drink from the minibar and enjoy satellite channels on their LCD TV. Complimentary WiFi is also provided.

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

Tokyu Stay Yotsuya

Conveniently located 3 minutes by foot from JR Yotsuya Railway Station (easy access from Tokyo Station via Chuo or Marunouchi Lines), Tokyu Stay Yotsuya offers well-appointed accommodation with a kitchenette.

Rooms at Tokyu Stay are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, a safety deposit box and a private washing machine. The kitchenette comes with a microwave, a fridge and an electric kettle. Kitchenware is also provided and the en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and toiletries.

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku

Opened in August 2018, Hotel The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku features rooms with a flat-screen TV, kettle and a desk. Rooms come with a private bathroom with a bidet and free toiletries. All units will provide guests with a fridge. Shinjuku Ward is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, friendly locals and food.

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

Do you have something to add? Any tips for our Tokyo adult guide? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Kristine
20 May 2017

Haha, this is an interesting side to the Japanese culture. I've seen some hentai online before. Bizarre stuff. Great post, thanks for sharing !

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Cory
27 May 2017

Glad you like it. Japan is a bit weird, but still my favorite no matter what

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Leah Sullivan
20 May 2017

Honestly such an interesting read! I'm fascinated by Japan and this makes me want to go there all the more! Thanks :)

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Cory
27 May 2017

I do love Japan as well. Such brilliant place. Weird but awesome

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Julianna barnaby
20 May 2017

That's fascinating! Akihabara sounds a little saddening but, as you said, there's a lot in the area and it's interesting to explore. I'd love to go to a love hotel and see what all the fuss is about! Brilliant piece.

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Cory
27 May 2017

Honestly, Akihabara is a great place. It's a bit weird, true, but you just need to understand it's a different culture. However, still a bit sketchy hehe

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Flo
20 May 2017

Goodness gracious...13? This was really eye-opening, definitely shows another side to Tokyo!

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Cory
27 May 2017

A bit crazy isn't it? There are some regulations in place, but just not enough...

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Damien
29 Dec 2017

I blog frequently and I truly thank you for your
content. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I will take a note
of your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week.
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jen
20 May 2017

very interesting and unique take of japan. Thanks for sharing. Afterall, it's the birthplace of hentai. Oops..haha

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Cory
27 May 2017

One of my Japanese friends told me hentai literally means pervert and they don't like using that word. Now I know why. You are totally right, it is...an unconventional place to say the least.

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Karen
20 May 2017

Haha, this made me laugh. I really am curious what you think of the love hotels, especially the ones with the crazier designs. I went looking for some of them in Tokyo but only found ones with more normal themes. Maybe next time. ;) (I just wish that people would not abuse children.)

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Cory
27 May 2017

I think love hotels are a great invention. To be fair, I'd much rather know people use love hotels for their needs than ordinary hotels I need to use for my travels. :D I would love to check one out, though. One with seriously weird interior...because why not haha

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David
01 Jul 2017

Hehehe! The naughty side of Japan. Thanks for sharing.

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Cory
03 Sep 2019

It sure is!

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Brandon
02 Nov 2017

I just arrived here, and will have to check out some of these places. Amazing culture. (Aside from the young ones). But not my job to judge I suppose.

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Cory
02 Nov 2017

Hi Brandon,
I hope you are loving Japan. The culture truly is so different and awesome. Sure, no place is perfect, but hey, Japan comes pretty close.

Have lots of fun!

Kind Regards,

Cory

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Jav
29 Dec 2017

Japan has a amazing and unique culture. I love the naughty side of japan! haha : )

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william welsh
05 Sep 2018

fantastic insight into Japan's adult life

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Roger
07 Feb 2019

"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."

This one sentence is very nicely put out, but I think it misses the mark. Japan is an isolating culture - especially when you're in a giant city like Tokyo. The people who indulge in the kind of culture you find in Akiba are missing out (or their former self did) on the 'fresh fruits of life', and either are looking for substitutes or never evolved past that point.

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Cory
03 Sep 2019

You are right, Roger. We know there are so many aspects when it comes to a Tokyo adult guide. We read extensively about the subject and watched some super documentaries about how incredibly multi-dimensional this problem is.
One of them being the otaku or the girl bands which are meant to inspire the otaku culture. It's insane!! And yes, that's totally correct, people like this really missed out on opportunities. Not that it should be an excuse for their behaviour but rather a wake-up call for the current issues Japan is struggling with.

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Afaq
28 Mar 2019

this made me to go japan thanks

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Cory
03 Sep 2019

Japan sure is a special place.

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Christine Jacobs
23 Jun 2019

I love Japan country and once been applying for a job there.

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Cory
03 Sep 2019

Good luck! We hope our Tokyo adult guide helped you understand some unconventional aspects of the culture there :)