Love Hotel Restaurant


In the 1920s, love hotels were called tsurekomi yado, which literally means “bring along inn.”  They evolved from tea houses called deiai chaya that allowed men to bring prostitutes or lovers onto the premises and rent a room upstairs for a liason.

There are none of these operating as love hotels anymore, but there is one in Osaka that has been converted into a restaurant. It’s called Hyakuban and is in Tennoji.hyakuban2

This elegant old building has so much character that you’re intstantly taken back in time to a simpler, more graceful time. Pull aside the sliding doors to reveal the elgant wooden bridge in the front hall, and walk past traidtional woodcarvings and woodblock prints on your way to your own little room. They serve traditional Japanese foods like sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and chanko nabe. I wouldn’t go there just for the food because it was good but not spectacular, but it certainly is a unique, atmospheric dining experience.

Here’s the Hyakuban homepage (Japanese only):

Address: 3-5-25 Sanno, Nishinari-ku, Tel. (06) 6632-0050. Reservations required. Dinner costs an average of 5000 yen per person.

love-hotel-coverThere’s more information about   love hotels in my new book, Love Hotels: An Inside Look at Japan’s Sexual Playgrounds. I spent years visiting love hotels around Japan, interviewing love hotel designers, owners and staff, and wading through Japanese books on sex and love hotels to bring you this book.

It’s 182 pages of information about their history, the people who design and operate them, their place in Japanese society, crime, and much, much more. There’s also a love hotel guide with information on how to get to the best hotels in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Yokohama, Sapporo, and Fukuoka.

For more information about love hotels, please visit my newly updated love hotel page at:

To order or find out more about the book, please visit: There’s also a smaller guidebook, with just the hotel information for 500 yen:

There are more love hotel-related posts


7 Responses to “Love Hotel Restaurant”

  1. Honor Says:

    I love it! What a great idea. If I’m down in Osaka that’s on my to do list : )

  2. Jamaipanese Says:

    interesting, this would be a great experience

  3. Brian Says:

    That facade looks identical to a building in the video game Ninja Gaiden.

  4. Darlo Says:

    Wow, this looks pretty nice. I live near Umeda, so I’ll definately be making a trip to here at some point.

  5. Alpujarras Says:

    Great information, would like to understand he text on the Hyakuban page – anyway the pictures invite to try it.

    • qjphotos Says:

      Roughly translated, the website says:
      Try out cheap, delicious food in a chic tatami room in a beautiful Taisho-Period building. All the rooms are private (2-35 people), so you can take your time and relax. Reservations necessary. Be sure to send an email or telephone ahead.
      It’s a restaurant in a building that has been preserved as it was when it was when it was part of the red-light district in the Taisho Period. The red-carpeted hallways, elaborate, detailed decorations and fusuma (sliding door) paintings in the rooms and rooms with Taisho-Period art send you back to the romantic Taisho Period.

  6. toranosuke Says:

    Wow… that’s gorgeous, inside and out. I can see what you mean about being transported to another time.

    This place is definitely on my list now.

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