Japanese sex hotel in trouble for video game rentals

The Japanese certainly have the right idea by creating “Love Hotels” – a combination hourly boom boom room and video game haven.

Littered throughout Japan, Love Hotels were originally established to confine prostitution to designated hotels, rather than creating a prosi prevalent society. Basically, the Japanese were concerned the Americans would go crazy with prostitutes everywhere in post World War II Japan.

While the Japanese originally created the hourly rental rooms for prostitution purposes, the hotels evolved into much more specific play rooms with specially designed theme rooms.

So, think S&M, schoolyard, and of course, Hello Kitty. 

Heeeeeelllllllllllooooooo Kitty!

By the 1970s and 1980s, these hotel rooms were considered a common commodity, even attracting married couples or singles looking to get frisky. 

Some amenities include room service, alcohol, dress-up costumes, karaoke, and even allowed magic mushrooms until 2002 when they became illegal.

Oh well, can’t win ‘em all.

When Wii and PS3 were released, select love hotels copped the designer devices along with the latest and greatest games.

Apparently one hotel in Kobe appropriately called “Swing” is under investigation not for prostitution, but rather for renting illegal video games. 

In Japan, renting video games and consoles are not allowed.


The hotel came into question when five people rented copies of Mario Kart Wii and Resident Evil 5.

No word on whether the hotel will actually get in trouble seeing as Nintendo was able to evade Japanese legislation in the 1980s and 1980s when the company released Famicom and Super Famicom coin-operated consoles.

(Via Kotaku)