Seeing as it’s Valentine’s Day, the nation’s love hotels will probably have a busier than usual Monday. So in honour of the occasion, here are a few statistics I came across recently.
There are 37,000 such hotels in Japan, and nearly 500 million couples visit them each year. Which apparently works out at 1,370,000 couples using a love hotel everyday. A figure that is more than double the number of people who visit the disturbingly popular Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea combined.
And as far as expenditure goes, the average couple is said to spend about 8,000 yen (40 pound) a visit. Adding up to a phenomenal 4 trillion yen in yearly sales. Which works out at about 1 trillion yen more than the annual takings of the Japan Racing Association.
Make of those figures what you will.