Hotel Sweets Love Hotel Shibuya -In Japan, Love hotels are simply places for couples to meet up for some intimate time together where they may not have private space. Sometimes family matters prevent the amorous from hosting visitors. Lovers turn up at a love hotel and instead of being greeted by a receptionist, check in is usually automated by machine for extra privacy. Although the concept of having a hotel specifically for the purposes of, well, sex when the first love hotels as we now know them started up in the late 1950s. At the time, Japanese homes were usually designed with sleeping areas doubling as living areas during the day and, as a result, not much chance for afternoon delight - and even less so if you had kids or in-laws.