Bleak Scenes

Abandoned places, lesser-known attractions, and assorted oddities

Hotel Dreamy


Several signs around the local area still directed potential customers towards the Hotel Dreamy. I imagine that they still occasionally cause wasted detours by travelling lovers who aren't put off by the rusting signposts.

Of the four defunct defunct love hotels in the Kinugawa Onsen area that I explored, the Hotel Dreamy was clearly the most recently abandoned. It was still listed in the circa 2006 GPS navigator that I was using, and the Spike Japan blog reported it as abandoned in 2010, so it probably went our of business sometime between 2005 and 2008. Since it closed down relatively recently, it was in much better condition than the other hotels.

The Dreamy was located on the same quiet back road as the Hotel Crown, a few hundred metres further on. It followed the familiar rural love hotel pattern, with separate cottages and carports. The cottages were built in a variety of shapes; all were single storey. A building in the centre housed the office.

The buildings were still structurally sound with intact roofs, although someone had removed a few of the windows.

The doors were wide open, and some still had keys in the locks, as if they were still awaiting customers. I had complete freedom to explore and photograph.

The rooms were in good condition, and surprisingly clean. Some of the appliances and other contents had been dragged or thrown about, but there was little garbage. I didn't see any gratuitous vandalism, although someone had stolen some of the metal fittings like bathroom taps. Some of the jukeboxes had been broken open, presumably to steal the disks inside.

This combination pantry and kitchen was attached to the office. It was still stocked with some perfectly usable supplies.

The nerve centre of the establishment looked out over the entrance through three adjoining windows. The electronic equipment was still there, it not being worth anyone's time to steal it. The script for talking to guests on the telephone was still thumb-tacked to the wall above a window.