Inside Japan’s haunted sex motel

Josh Saunders

It was once the scene for countless lovers' rendezvous and a secret escape for extramarital affairs, but behind the walls of the empty Fuurin Motel in Tokyo, Japan, it seems there might be nocturnal activities of another kind - ghosts.

Preserved in all its splendour, these pictures take you into the 10 quirky themed rooms guests at the "Love Motel" rented by the hour.

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From the Greek room, to the traditional Japanese Ryokan and medieval suite with a full suit of armour and carriage-shaped bed, each had their own dining rooms and bathrooms.

Now it's believed that ghosts haunt the hotel's decaying corridors that closed 17 years ago, with locals too scared to enter the property because of the paranormal presence.

The motel has been abandoned for the last 17 years. Photo: Caters

"There is a myth that Japanese ghosts live in abandoned buildings, I think it may scare people into not entering or vandalising this abandoned building,” said photographer Bob Thissen from Herleen, Netherlands.

"I think they really do stay away, because most locations stay untouched for many years with only natural decay.”

Bob, 31, reveals he didn’t experience any kind of paranormal activity during his tour, and found his favourite room was the medieval room due to its extravagant carriage and suit of armour.

The medieval room comes complete with a full suit of armour looking down on amorous activities. Photo: Caters

"It's really different to other hotels, it was an exciting and at the same time a bit weird to explore this motel,” he explains.

"I also liked the various amount of decay, some rooms are in a pretty good condition while others are completely decayed.

"Japanese people have way more respect for abandoned buildings than in Western countries, so it is preserved better.”

There were 10 themed rooms for the lovers to choose from, and include their own bathrooms and dining areas. Photo: Caters

The Dutch snapper – who is an urban explorer, also known as “urbexing” - has set foot in his fair share of abandoned and derelict buildings, touring around Europe to photograph them for 10 years.

“I have been in the weirdest and scariest abandoned places and never encountered anything strange.

"Sleeping or exploring in these abandoned buildings without ghosts is already exciting enough, because you never know what happens and who turns up.

"It turns out often you're not alone."

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