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.
Tokyo Adult Guide: 18+ only activities in Japan - Contents
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. Options like this website, where you can simply register for free to see if Tokyo adult scene inspires you before committing to something while in 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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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