Escorts and prostitution in Japan

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Do you know how prostitution works in Japan? How to find escorts? Is prostitution in Japan prohibited? In this article we will see some curiosities and information about prostitution and its history in Japan.

Is prostitution prohibited in Japan?

Since 1956 there has been a law prohibiting prostitution in Japan, but people find gaps, loopholes and interpretations in laws that allow the sex industry to thrive in the country, generating more than 2.3 trillion a year.

Japan defines prostitution as a sexual relationship with unknown individuals in exchange for payment. To get around this, companies and brothels offer as a pretext sexual massages and other services that do not involve sex.


So it is common in Japan to have places where you pay to talk to a woman, pay to bathe or dance. There are bars where you pay to grope only japanese breasts, other places offer unusual services.

Of course, most official massage houses offer full service in the dark. Because you can’t supervise that well. Hundreds of suspicious places circulate the Tokyo districts and other cities.

The history of prostitution in Japan

The Japanese sex industry is called fuzoku [風俗] which can be literally translated into [風] vulgar [俗] style or simply as ways, customs and public mora. This word encompasses exactly any indecent service.

Beware that the word fuzoku also has meanings nothing related to prostitution or sex. Another word that can also refer to the sex industry is mizu sobai [水商売] and also the word that refers to prostitution prohibited by baishunfu law.

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Unlike what some think, the geishas have nothing to do with prostitution. In reality, becoming a geisha was a way for women to have decent work and not surrender to prostitution that was very strong at the time.

Women in Japan have lived many years in slavery. Prostitution in Japan popularized with Chinese, Koreans, Europeans, Africans and other foreigners buying young Japanese and making them sex slaves on their boats.

Soon in the Edo Period the Shogunate Tokugawa limited prostitution to areas called yuukaku [遊廓] being the most spared Yoshiwara in Tokyo, Shinmachi in Osaka and Shimabara in Kyoto. Prostitutes were called yujo [遊女].

The deception of prostitution in Japan

One of the biggest deceptions is that many of the prostitutes who do service in Japan are not legitimate Japanese. In 2003 alone, more than 150,000 non-Japanese women involved in prostitution in Japan were reported.

Many companies and massage houses hire Chinese, Korean, Philippine and Thai to work in these places. It turns out that many foreigners get involved with an Asian woman thinking to be Japanese.

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Because prostitution is officially banned in Japan, many industries use sexual impulses to sell alternative things that don’t fuel appetite but becomes vicious like the hostess where you pay to talk to girls.

Sex toys, erotic and animated videos, provocative banners, virtually many things are done to compensate for the surface of the country’s prostitution and the false purity that the Japanese wish to present. Some even pay simply to have their ears cleaned with a swab by a beautiful young woman.

Others end up addicted to Snackbars, places where skilled young waitresses use their labias to seduce customers and make them spend more and more money in the false hope of having a night out with them.

Prostitution in massage houses

Massage houses are very successful in Japan. Some Japanese work hard and need a place to relax, whether inside an onsen or in a specialized massage parlor. There are different massage establishments spread throughout Japan, some unisex, others exclusive to women and etc.

Some of these massage establishments can offer the famous “sex massage” consisting of a massage that can include the genitals of both involved. Usually this service is usually marked by the internet in some hotel.

If you visit neighborhoods like Kabukichou you can find suspicious men inviting you to these places. They usually charge a value of 10,000 yen for erotic massage and probably have their own establishments.

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Hardly a massage parlor will freely advertise these services, but you can see by the price and provocative posters. Although erotic massage is not prohibited by the law of prostitution, many industries use it to sell sex hidden.

Usually when hiring a girl to do erotic massage, she can probably accept having sex if you pay an additional amount. It can also charge specific amounts for every different thing you want. You’ll probably easily spend more than 20,000 yen for these services.

How to find escorts in Japan?

As already mentioned, you can easily find encounters without sex just to have someone to talk to. If you want to get a companion to have sex the easiest would be to turn to the red light neighborhoods and massage houses.

The best way to find a companion is to search the internet for websites that present these girls and schedule a time with them. You can also use Google Maps and search for fuuzokuten [風俗店] to find desired places.

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Be ware of strangers who offer these services on the street, especially in neighborhoods like kabukichou. I’m not going to recommend any specific places, not least because I hate this kind of practice, I’m writing just to remedy curious people.

I hope you enjoyed the article. If you liked share and leave your comments. Be very careful in the places where you will get in Japan. Many are members of the yakuza or may end up taking you to jail (very rare).

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