A new sleep shop enterprise has opened in Tokyo that offers customers the chance to literally fall asleep with a (attractive female) member of staff. There are no strings attached and prices start at Y6,000 (£47).
The shop, called Soineya (which translates literally as ‘sleep together shop’), describes itself as a “co-sleeping specialty shop” and has been dubbed a ‘cuddle café’ by local news source Japan Today.
According to its website, it offers “the simple and ultimate comfort of sleeping together with someone.”
Soineya is situated in Tokyo district Akihabara, a ‘geek wonderland’ that is famed for the more eccentric side of Japanese culture, including Maid cafes, anime obsessives and hi tech nightlife.
Presumably the appeal is the relaxing comfort of crawling into bed to cuddle up for a nap, without having to bother with all that sex stuff. The website doesn’t specify what is and isn’t allowed with the girls, but the premise would suggest it literally is all about the sleeping.
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Admission is Y3,000 (£24) and customers can choose which girl they nap with for an extra Y1,000 (£8) plus Y500 (£4) per hour.
Following admission, standard options are:
20 min – Y3,000 (£24)
40 min –Y 5,000 (£39) (only Y3,000 for first time visitors)
60 min – Y6,000 (£47)
2 hrs – Y11,000 (£86.50)
3 hrs – Y16,000 (£126)
4 hrs – Y20,000 (£157.50)
5 hrs – Y25,000 (£197)
6 hrs – Y30,000 (£236)
10 hrs –Y 50,000 (£394)
Other options are available, such as “girl pats customer on back (3 min)’, which costs Y1,000 (£8).
We can’t quite decide if it’s just a little eccentric or creepy and depressing. Still, being paid to sleep might not be such a bad job…