With maid cafes now mainstream, and Tokyo’s Akihabara district absolutely teeming with them, it has obviously becoming more and more difficult for such role-playing retreats to make ends meat. A point probably proven by the diversity of such places now open for business, as after starting out as merely entertaining eateries, there are now reflexology and religion-based options; and even variations for the ladies, with butler and princess-themed places.
A situation that has possibly prompted what would appear to be the latest innovation, which is to pay for the company of a maid – the most expensive option being for the young lady to go to the customer’s home and spend the night there. Yet despite a price tag of 40,000 yen (320 dollars), this only involves ‘sleeping beside him’ and does not allow for any funny business whatsoever.
Plus for those on a slightly tighter budget, Soine de Maid-san also offers a ‘Date Course’, with prices ranging from 8,000 yen for 90 minutes to a much more cost effective 20,000 yen for a full 5 hours. And thankfully for any fellas feeling a little frustrated after their fun but far from furtive escapades, there is always the option of a quick visit to the far less modest Hand Maid, which, as its name suggests, is designed to help beat off any built up tension.