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The Broken-Hearted Hotel

The Broken-hearted Hotel................(pearllovehotel7.jpg)

Here's a fascinating story unearthed by two bloggers, Anglo-American Michael John Grist and Canadian Mike's Blender, both living in Japan. Most people have probably heard of Japanese love hotels. Those lurid, chintzy, pay-by-the-hour sex hotels taken for granted by the Japanese. But the Pearl Love Hotel takes this curious phenomenon to another level. It's a vintage love hotel, abandoned and left to wither and decay under a forest of twisting vines, deep in the Japanese countryside. 

Love Hotel

The two men found the Pearl on a back road in Tochigi, in the process of being reclaimed by nature. And squatters, it seems, judging by the evidence left behind.

Love Hotel

However, some rooms remain almost intact, including the two-storey executive suite, with its red flock wallpaper and circular quilted, mirrored love nest. It's almost undisturbed.

Love Hotel

The two explorers believe the hotel is about 20 to 30 years old, built in an age when love hotels didn't have the karaoke and vibrating chairs that Japanese (and Chinese) lovers might be used to these days. But what happened here? Why was it abandoned?

Love Hotel

Michael and Mike are experts at exploring Japanese ruins, or haikyo, and have catalogued a great many on their sites. It's a creepy, surreal, magical world, as these pictures show.

Love Hotel

A fantastic find and great post. Check out their video too.  RM

Love Hotel

Love Hotel

Images: Michael John Grist and Mike's Blender 

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  • michelleraif

    October 3, 2010

    very haunting…love abandoned places

  • nathalie

    March 10, 2010

    so love seems to be gone ?…or forgotten ? …but always in mind .

  • LSDiesel

    March 2, 2010

    I own a chain of love-hotels. Sure, at first glance it might SEEM like they’re just a bunch of vans parked in the WAL-MART parking lot, but upon closer inspection…

  • Heinz

    February 8, 2010

    Good point Tuben. And makes sense, same in Mexico. There they are plain ‘Motels’. I ended up in one of them on my travels…..

  • tuben

    February 7, 2010

    Nice place and pictures!

    The love hotels are ment for couples, not professionals. (due to the high population density, small appartments and thin walls in japanese)

  • marc

    January 30, 2010

    Very cool indeed. You never know what you can find when exploring around. But I do believe these types of ‘hotels’ are still around, yes?


  • Awesome pictures. very intriguing.

  • chris

    January 25, 2010

    i don’t know anything about these love hotels, but it sure looks cool….

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