Twin Love Hotels
This is the final adventure from my Tochigi road trip last January, a pair of love hotels in such bad condition that they’re both sinking into the ground and falling to pieces at the same time. I really had to watch my step. It was a lucky day for discoveries. The long drive home from Tochigi saw us making several unexpected stops as we stumbled upon a cluster of abandoned buildings.
I recognised this place from a couple of Japanese explorers’ websites, now I had about half an hour to see it for myself. It was difficult to gauge the size of the area due to the undergrowth. Twenty years’ worth of growth apparently, as the first hotel closed in 1989 and the second in 1992. Rather than several long buildings these hotels favoured rows of individual love cottages.
Some cottages were unenterable. The ones that I could get inside had big holes in the floor, years of water damage, and ready to collapse floorboards. The decor was predictably gaudy inside, a few rooms had more of a specific theme like this woodland room.
The view from the second floor of one of the cottages. This was as far as I went in there. Many of the love cottages had their own sauna rooms. Every now and again a face would pop up inside the sauna’s small, circular window …
And the rest of the story is in pictures. No drama this time but more importantly, no injuries.