Japanese Love Alternatives — Rent a boyfriend

If someone were to come up to you and say that they can be your boyfriend for one night — nothing physical, just spending time, drinking, eating, talking, and relaxing, with him as company — would you go for it? It might be a peculiar offer for anyone but for most of the women in Japan, it’s sounds like a break from their stressful and energy draining lives.

You might be surprised at how unimaginable this type of deal may be but you’d be surprised to know that a number of host clubs have been emerging in Japan just to cater to this specific need.

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Japanese Hosts — Boyfriends for the night

These boyfriends for the night are called hosts and you’re assigned your very own one once you arrive at a host club. You also have the option of choosing your own host and the club has a specially made “menu” for that (a menu looking catalog).

Expect these gentlemen to be well dressed, accommodating, flirty, and above all expect them to be savvy talkers (maybe in Japanese but there are some host clubs that have hosts who can speak English fluently) . They have only one job and that’s to cater to you, to entertain you and to give you a good time, for a night or longer if you feel like going back again.

Pick up & Location — Not a secret

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If you’re up for the experience, you’ll be able to find these clubs around Kabukicho, Shinjuku. All you have to do is walk around, look like you’re looking for something and pretty soon some good looking, well dressed (most probably in a suit) guy will come up to you asking if you’d like to spend an hour with him at a club.

First time — the price of LOVE

If you’re a first timer, good for you because the hosts (or host club) will give you the experience at a cheaper price. It depends on the host club, of course, but usually they start at a price of ¥1000 which is around 10AUD-11AUD. Not bad for one night, right?

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Some clubs even have a drink all you can deal for the same price. It’s a reasonable price if you just want some company or if you just want for someone to listen to you while you unload all of the stuff that you need to through talking but it’s going to cost you a lot more if you decide to visit for the second time.

If they don’t have a drink all you can deal, you might want to skimp on ordering more bottles of wine, beer, or whatever you’re having for the night because it will be costly if you do.

What’s all the fuss about?

Why are these host clubs such a big thing in Japan? It probably has something to do with the fact that Japanese people would rather have this than a relationship. It’s an alternative to love and it’s surprising that many females (and males) prefer this than your usual “boy meets girl, girl meets boy and they fall in love” scenario.

It’s probably the attention that the females are getting and it’s highly likely that they are not getting it else where. And so, they go to the place where their needs are being fulfilled. It may not be physical but it’s more psychological — filling a void that they’ve had all their lives.


It’s not entirely for everyone but most first time goers always give positive feedback from the host clubs that they’ve visited. Most first time goers also remain just first time goers — they went just for the experience — but there are others who look for the outlet on a monthly, weekly and even on a daily basis.

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Would you be willing to rent a boyfriend for one night?