Japan's sex industry has a number of innovative variations on the brothel, but none of them seem as perfectly, higenecally japanese as soaplands. They offer "assisted baths" that include the service of a prostitute. When a customer enters he chooses his bathing companion from a selection of half-naked girls, who takes him to prepare for his "bath". This preperation might be a plain old regular bath, or may include some time building up a head of steam in the sauna before the real fun begins. A common service is for the girl is to lather the customer up using only a little liquid soap and her naked body.
Soaplands are know for having some of the better looking, more skilled staff in japan's sex industry, which is why they tend to be more expensive than other establishments- 50,000 yen an hour is fairly typical.
Like other areas of japan's sex industry, Soaplands usually don't allow foreign customers. This is partly because of a wide spread belief that AIDS is un-japanese.
Yoshiwara, Soapland Capital
Yoshiwara, which has a long history as tokyo's most prominent red light district, is the soapland capital of japan. This makes it a popular place sex tourism from all over japan, with some men coming to Tokyo just to spend some time in Yoshiwara's brothels.
Where, When and How much?