10 Famous Soaplands in Tokyo (with a Map)

By Jakarta100bars
Note: I haven't visited any of the soaplands mentioned below. All the information here was gathered from research on forums and websites about nightlife in Tokyo.

Soaplands are one of the many types of prostitution existing in Japan, but it is the only one where actual vaginal intercourse is included in the price. You may be surprised to read this, considering it is normally illegal to pay for sex in the country.

The owners of these venues have indeed found a loophole in the law: Technically, you are only paying for bathing services, and then it is assumed that the girl will automatically fall in love with you and agree to have sex.

In this review, you will learn everything you need to know about soaplands with Nuru massage in Tokyo. In particular, I'll answer the questions: Which ones accept foreigners (gaijin)? What kind of services they offer? and how much do they cost?

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Location of Soaplands in Tokyo
There are three main red-light district areas with soaplands in Tokyo:

Yoshiwara
By far, the largest and most popular location for soaplands in Tokyo is Yoshiwara in the Taitō ward. You will find over 50 soaplands there, in a rather small perimeter near the Hotel Neo Rouge

On average, prices are more affordable than elsewhere, ranging from 25,000 YEN to 40,000 YEN. The quality can be disappointing, though: As a foreigner, only a few girls in each venue will accept to service you, and often not the prettiest ones.

The nearest train stations from Yoshiwara are Minowa Station (1km) and Minami Station (1.6km). If you are on a budget while visiting Tokyo, it can be a smart idea to stay in this part of town, especially near Ueno station. Many reasonably-priced hotels there, for instance Sardonyx Ueno (most recommended).

Kabukicho/Shinjuku
This is another red-light district of Tokyo, in the Shinjuku ward. It is very large but not dedicated to soapland massage parlours only and you will also find clubs, bars, karaokes, etc.

Most soaplands in this area, such as Don Juan or Barubola, are more expensive and exclusive (above 50,000 YEN). Naturally, the standard is much higher.

They can be reached within 10 minutes by foot from Shinjuku Station. Hotels nearby will cost between US120$ and US150$ per night (most recommended ones are Citadines Central and Hotel Gracery).

Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro is part of the "entertainment district" of Toshima Ward. It has a red light area, similar to that of Kabukicho, but smaller.

The soaplands there rarely see foreigners, but a few will accept them like Violence and Heaven.

While this neighborhood looks far on a map, it can actually be easily accessed from Ikebukuro Station (5 minutes walk). Super Hotel Lohas Ikebukuro is next to the red light area and very economical (US80$ per night).

Other locations:
95% of foreigner-friendly soaplands in Tokyo are in these 3 areas. You can check the map at the end of this article to see a few other options.

What to Expect in a Soapland in Tokyo
After you've entered a soapland, first you will have to choose the type and duration of your massage, usually between 70 and 120 minutes. The prices can vary a lot, from 25,000 YEN for the cheapest ones, up to 100,000 YEN.

Beware of deceiving techniques where only the entrance fee is shown. Prices under 15,000 YEN are impossible so be sure to ask the receptionist what the actual total cost will be. Foreigners are often charged an additional "gaijin" tax of around 10,000 YEN.

After that, you will be shown the pictures of girls available. As a foreigner, your choice will probably be limited to 2-4 girls.

English is rarely spoken. Download the Google Translate app to make sure the communication is smooth.

Most likely, when you meet the masseuse you've chosen, you'll realize the picture was heavily photoshopped. She will probably be a bit fatter, or skinnier, and she may be older than the age marked on her profile.

In the room, the therapist will first bathe you using a "sukebe" chair which allows access to massage your private areas. There might be a blowjob performed here at some point. You will then move to a bathtub, or a rubber mattress, depending on the venue. On the later, she will slide her naked body onto yours, using plenty of lotion to make it slippery. It is called a Nuru massage when she uses a special kind of lotion made from Nori seaweed.

The session is usually concluded with intercourse, on the mattress or in the bed. After that, the girl will bathe you one last time before you head out.

10 Foreigner-Friendly Soapland in Tokyo
The following soaplands are the 10 most recommended by foreigners.

Note that you can click on the title of each soapland to see their girls' pictures, the opening hours and the updated prices. If you don't speak Japanese, you can copy and paste the URL onto Google Translate.

Paradise (Kawasaki)
This soapland, open in May 2017, is in Kawasaki. It is further away than the other venues mentioned below, but it is still very popular as it is reserved to foreigners. You will not be turned down by any girls there. It is just a kilometer walking distance from Kawasaki JR (see map below).

Price:
42,000 YEN for 90 minutes

Paradise (Yoshiwara)
This soapland has just opened in March 2019. It is the sister property of the branch in Kawasaki. I have no doubts that it will become very successful.

Their website is in English and everything is well-explained there.

Price:
45,000-50,000 YEN for 90 minutes

Don Juan (Shinjuku)
One of the most luxurious soaplands in Tokyo that accept foreigners. It is 10 minutes by foot from Shinjuku train station.

Price:
85,000 YEN for 120 minutes

There seems to be another soapland in the same location called Sinkaigyo. It is a bit cheaper as it charges "only" 50,000 YEN for foreigners.

Barubola (Shinjuku)
This is also a luxury place, reserved to those who can afford to blow a 600 dollars in 90 minutes.

Their website is partially translated in English and Chinese, which is quite helpful. There, you can see the names, mensurations, schedule and jobs of the masseuses, but not their pics.

Foreigners are not always welcomed there. It depends on who is working that day, and on your appearance. Make sure you dress well (no shorts, no sandals) and look clean.

Price:
63,000 YEN for 90 minutes
126,000 YEN for 180 minutes

Darling Harbour (Yoshiwara)
Darling Harbour is another favorite of expats and tourists in Tokyo. Because it is more affordable, it is often the first choice for those who are new to the soapland scene. You still get the same service than elsewere, including the bathing and the nuru massage.

Price:
30,000 JPY for 70 minutes

King's Club (Yoshiwara)
King's Club famous for having older girls/MILF, some of whom probably in their late 30s. If you like mature women, you may also want to check Rothenburg.

Price:
45,000 JPY for 130 min

Dolce (Yoshiwara)
This is also a cheap soapland, where girls are usually young and have less experience. They have a school girl uniform theme, which can be off-putting for non-Japanese.

25,000 YEN for 60 minutes
31,000 YEN for 80 minutes

Atelier Naniwa (Yoshiwara)
This soapland allows foreigners and doesn't charge them extra. It is a bit hard to find, so the picture above should help you.

25,000 YEN for 70 minutes
33,000 YEN for 100 minutes
40,000 YEN for 130 minutes

Putit Royal (Yoshiwara)
Despite being one of the cheapest options for soapy massage/nuru massage in Tokyo, Putit Royal has generally good reviews and it offers the same service as elsewhere.

20,000 YEN for 70 minutes
24,000 YEN for 90 minutes
30,000 Yen for 120 minutes

Map of Soaplands in Tokyo
The following map shows the locations of the most famous soaplands accepting foreigners in Tokyo.

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