One of my favorite places in Japan is actually right here in lovely scenic Yokohama. Sure, the ramen museum is there, but after you’ve had your ramen foreplay, what’s on tap?
Well, you could take a trip over to Shin-Yokohama, for it just happens to be the best place in Yokohama to get your freak on (or make whoopee if you prefer your euphemisms light and wholesome) in relative style!
Or this, whatever works for you:
Shin-Yokohama is home to a respectable sized Love Hotel district on the far side of the Yokohama line tracks. It’s nothing compared to what you’ll find in Shibuya or Shinjuku, but a wider selection than many other areas. Once you’ve crossed beneath the train tracks you’ll find yourself in the midst of a number of love hotels.
I can’t do a comparison for you. Why? Because I haven’t stayed at any other Love hotel in this area. Frankly, I couldn’t imagine any of them living up to The Scene Hotel.
I’m serious and you’ll see why in a moment.
The first time I went there a few years ago was my first visit to this love hotel area, and I had chosen it randomly, based purely on availability and convenience at the time. I had stayed at a number of Love Hotels by that time but, upon walking in the door, I was stunned at the understated opulence. I just knew it wasn’t a typical Love Hotel and had to be well out of my price range.
But, it wasn’t.
Each floor has a different theme and all of the rooms were designed by renowned designers of some note (peep the link above for specifics…if you can read Japanese, that is)
First of all, if you’ve never stayed at a love hotel, it’s going to be difficult for you to relate to this. Words like “designed by” are not even a consideration at your run of the mill ラブホ. Most of the better ones look like they were designed by Hello Kitty herself, some reject Atlantic City pre-fab casino hotel developer or some hentai otaku (perved out geek) on meth.
The others are just overrated motel rooms.
I think to properly give “The Scene” its just dues I would have to compare it to regular hotel rooms, so as to rid your minds of the image the words love hotel may conjure. Aside from its location and designation, there’s absolutely nothing even remotely dodgy about this place. It’s in a class by itself, somewhere between a 5-star hotel at a resort and a spa.
But I’ll let the website above and the pics below speak for themselves:
And now for the room…
A little Pulp Fiction “…and you will know, my name is the lord!” (-:
- I don’t know what else I can say about The Scene aside from it’s the shiznit! And, any time I need a break (that won’t break me..believe it or not, with all its amenities and plushness it’s priced extremely reasonably) it’s the first and last place that comes to mind.
PS-And while you’re chilling in your little overnight love nest, between whoopee sessions, here’s some mind-whoopee for you. That memoir by yours truly, readers are calling “The best book written in years about life in Japan!”