VIDEO: "Cuddle Cafe" Opens in Tokyo

Nap with a Stranger at Affordable Prices

There’s no getting around it. Human intimacy is the ultimate commodity, and even for die-hard otaku who claim that they prefer “2D to 3D”, no amount of “hug pillows” or smiling anime figures can compete with the real thing: passing out in the warm arms of someone beautiful.


Clearly, Japan has no problem placing a price tag on intimacy, and a lot of otaku culture is based on ways of helping people cut off (or shut out) from mainstream society mediate human contact. Think of maid cafes, paid dating services, idol meet-and-greet event…And there’s usually no questions about the implications of “right” or “wrong”. Japan just goes for it, not so much in the name of helping to rehabilitate others, but simply because there’s a market for it.  


This being the case, it may, or may not surprise you that a new shop in Tokyo’s otaku district Akihabara now offers the chance to sleep with a complete stranger at affordable rates



A new establishment named “Soineya” (jp: “sleep together shop”) opened in Akihabara on September 25th. The place brands itself as a “co-sleeping specialty shop” offering we’re-gonna-guess otaku, “the simple and ultimate comfort of sleeping together with someone.” Sounds complicated? Check out this rather amazing video report featuring a gentleman in a pro wrestling mask!



Alas, such bliss has its price, and en.rocketnews24 has broken down Soineya’s “menu” as such:


Admission Fee: 3000 yen ($40)


Standard Course


20 min – 3000 yen ($40)

40 min – 5000 yen ($65, only 3000 yen for first time visitors)

60 min – 6000 yen ($77)

2 hrs – 11000 yen ($142)

3 hrs – 16000 yen ($206)

4 hrs – 20000 yen ($258)

5 hrs – 25000 yen ($322)

6 hrs – 30000 yen ($387)

10 hrs – 50000 yen ($645)

“Shimei-ryo“ (fee to pick the girl you want to sleep with) – 1000 yen ($13) + 500 yen ($6.50) per hour


Optional Course


Customer sleeps in girl’s arm (3 min) – 1000 yen ($13)

Girl pats customer on the back (3 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)

Customer pets girl on the head (3 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)

Customer and girl stare at each other (1 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)

Girl changes clothes (1 time) – 1000 yen  ($13)

Girl gives customer foot massage (3 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)

Customer gives girl foot massage (3 min) – 2000 yen  ($26)

Customer sleeps with head on girl’s lap (3 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)

Girl sleeps with head on customer’s lap (3 min) – 2000 yen  ($26)


Hilariously, the shop is also looking for employees for part-time and out-call work. The job description is listed as “sleeping”…


Now the 1000 yen question of the day is: would you prefer to go to such a place as a customer, or actually get paid to sleep for a living?






Patrick Macias is editor in chief of Crunchyroll News. He also runs the Japanese Fashion Inferno tumblr blog. Follow him on twitter at @Patrick_Macias.


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