Cuddle Cafe, Getting Paid Money to Cuddle Strangers

Brothels not really your thing? Are you just looking for some good old fashioned cuddling? If you happen to be in Japan, well, lucky you: a cuddle cafe in Tokyo is open for business.

Soineya, Japan’s first “co-sleeping specialty shop,” invites patrons to sleep and relax next to cute girls dressed in pajama shorts. The shop opened back in September in Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronics district that’s well known for its obsessive otaku culture and role-play maid cafes.

Customers pay an admission fee of 3000 yen (US $40), with an additional cost of 1000 yen (US $10) if you want to choose the girl to nap next to. For those looking for some deep slumber spooning, expect to pay up to 50,000 yen (US $493) for 10 hours.

You can peek a breakdown of the “service menu” according to Japan Today:

Standard Course

■ 20 min – 3,000 yen
■ 40 min – 5,000 yen (only 3,000 yen for first time visitors)
■ 60 min – 6,000 yen
■ 2 hrs – 11,000 yen
■ 3 hrs – 16,000 yen
■ 4 hrs – 20,000 yen
■ 5 hrs – 25,000 yen
■ 6 hrs – 30,000 yen
■ 10 hrs – 50,000 yen

■ “Shimei-ryo“ (fee to pick the girl you want to sleep with) – 1,000 yen + 500 yen per hour

Optional Course

■ Customer sleeps in girl’s arm (3 min) – 1,000 yen
■ Girl pats customer on the back (3 min) – 1,000 yen
■ Customer pets girl on the head (3 min) – 1,000 yen
■ Customer and girl stare at each other (1 min) – 1,000 yen
■ Girl changes clothes (1 time) – 1,000 yen
■ Girl gives customer foot massage (3 min) – 1,000 yen
■ Customer gives girl foot massage (3 min) – 2,000 yen
■ Customer sleeps with head on girl’s lap (3 min) – 1,000 yen
■ Girl sleeps with head on customer’s lap (3 min) – 2,000 yen

In the end, it comes out to about 6,000 yen (US $60) an hour to take a “platonic” nap next to a stranger. Wondering what the job description for a professional sleeper looks like? Check it out:

■ Job: Sleeping
■ Location: Akihabara (3 min walk from station)
■ Qualifications: High school age to 30s
■ Compensation: 3,500 yen/hour
■ Hours: Weekdays 15:00-22:00, Weekend/holidays 12:00-22:00


Charisma Madarang

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