In the early 17th century, there was widespread male and female prostitution throughout the cities of Kyoto, Edo, and Osaka. To counter this, an order of Tokugawa Hidetada of the Tokugawa shogunate restricted prostitution to designated city districts. These districts were Shimabara for Kyōto (1640), Shinmachi for Ōsaka (1624–1644) and Yoshiwara for Edo (1617). A leading motive for the establishment of these districts was the Tokugawa shogunate attempt to prevent the nouveau riche chōnin (townsmen) from engaging in political intrigue.
Soaplands (ソープランド, sōpurando) are Japanese brothels where the girls bath you then provide blow jobs, hand jobs, body slides, anal sex or sumata (simulated sex with the girl rubbing up against your penis to get you off). Vaginal intercourse is illegal for brothels to offer as a service though you will find that most places do offer it.
Soaplands in Yoshiwara: Taito-ku Tokyo has the highest concentration of Soaplands in all of Tokyo. There are around 3 streets and some small lanes in the same area with soaplands. In total there are around 60 soaplands in Yoshiwara. Many of these have doormen out the front who will great you if they are Gaijin (foreiger) friendly and take you in to show you photos of the girls available. Some have iPads with multiple photos of the girls. The closest train stations from Yoshiwara are Asakusa Station or Ueno Train Station. It is a 30 minute walk from Asakusa or a 40 minute walk from Ueno station or you can change trains at Ueno to the subway and go to Minowa subway station which is a 10 minute walk to Yoshiwara. Or jump a taxi from the station and ask to go to Yoshiwara Senzoku or ask for a Soapolando and the taxi driver will know where to take you.
- Candy Girl Soapland is located in the heart of Yoshiwara Senzoku. Lots of girls to choose from. Service starts from 20,000 Yen for 60 minutes, 26,000 Yen for 80 minutes and 32,000 Yen for 100 minutes. Open from 11am - midnight. Ph: (03) 5808 1951. Next door is Chocolat Soapland which is run by Candy Girl. The girls at Chocolate are listed in Candy Girl's website. Check where Candy Girl Sopland is on Google Maps.
- Satin Doll Soapland - Located in the heart of Yoshiwara Tokyo. 3-31 Senzoku Taito-ku Tokyo. Satin Doll Soapland has a selection of young Japanese girls. 25,000 Yen for 120 minutes service. Ph: (03) 5603 7855. Open 11am - midnight. Definitely Gaijin Friendly.
- Silky Doll Soapland - See Silky Doll on Google Maps.
- Pretty Girl - Senzoku 4-16-10 Taito-ku Yoshiwara Ph: (03) 3875 1714. Open 8am - midnight. 20,000 Yen for 70 minutes. After 8pm it goes up to 32,000 Yen. The building does not have a sign saying Pretty Girl just an ordinary sign saying Companion Club. Check the Google Map for the location of Pretty Girl.
- Club Naniwa - Senzoku 4-32-6 Taito-ku Yoshiwara Ph: (03) 3875 1925. Open 9.30am - Midnight 7 days a week. 25,000 Yen for 60 minutes. Check the Google Map for the location of Club Naniwa.
- Dream 7000 is located in Senzoku 4-43-14 Taito-ku Yoshiwara Ph: (03) 3876 7575. Service starts from 35,000 Yen for 120 minutes. Open from 8.30am - midnight. Most girls are in their early 20's. Check the Google Map for the location of Dream 7000. Located directly across the street is Club Amore. Definitely Gaijin Friendly.
- Kings Club is located in Senzoku 4-23-5 Taito-ku Yoshiwara. Services start from 22,000 Yen for 80 minutes. Open from 9am - midnight. Over 30 girls available. Check the Google Map for the location of Kings Club.
- Pepper Mint is located in Senzoku 4-23-7 Taito-ku Yoshiwara Ph: (03) 5603 5769. Open until midnight 7 days a week. Prices start from 25,000 Yen for 70 minutes. Check the Google Map for the location of Pepper Mint.
- Ascot Club - Senzoku 4-23-3 Taito-ku Yoshiwara. Definitely Gaijin friendly. Read a review about Ascot Club on Tokyoadultguide. Check Google Maps for the location of Ascot Club.
- Oushitu Soapland - Senzoku 4-41-12 Taito-ku Yoshiwara Ph: (03) 3875 1198. Open 12pm - midnight 7 days a week. Prices start from 20,000 Yen.
- Soapland Paris - Yoshiwara Ph: (03) 3871 0385. 20,000 yen for 60 minutes.
- Kinpei is located in Yoshiwara Ueno Tokyo. Services start from 24,000 Yen for 60 minutes. They do a free pick up service from any of the train stations close the Kinpei. Open from 10am - midnight.
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