Accommodation in Japanese

If you’re traveling in Japan and you’ve just arrived in a new place, how do you go about finding accommodation in Japanese? How do you ask for a good hotel? Perhaps you’re traveling on a budget, in which case you might be looking for a motel or a youth hostel. After this free audio lesson you’ll know how to find suitable accommodation in Japan.

Once you know your options you might need to ask some more questions like “where is?” or “how much?” in Japanese. Stick with the Rocket Japanese team and you’ll have your bags unpacked and your feet up in no time!

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Booking accommodation in Japanese

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いい ホテル を しょうかい して ください

Ii hoteru o shōkai shite kudasai

…a good hotel?


やすい ホテル を しょうかい して ください

Yasui hoteru o shōkai shite kudasai

…an inexpensive hotel?


りょかん を しょうかい して ください

Ryokan o shōkai shite kudasai

…a Japanese-style hotel?


しずかな ほてる を しょうかい して ください

Shizuka na hoteru o shokai shite kudasai

…a quiet hotel?


みんしゅく を しょうかい して ください

Minshuku o shōkai shite kudasai

…a private home lodging?

A japanese hotel

Where is…?


ユース ホステル は どこ に ありますか

Yūsu hosuteru wa doko ni arimasuka?

… a youth hostel?

キャンプ場 / キャンプサイトは何処にありますか

キャンプ 場 / キャンプ サイト は どこ に ありますか

Kyampu jyō / kyampu saito wa doko ni arimasuka?

… a camping ground?


モテル は どこ に ありますか

Moteru wa doko ni arimasuka?

…a motel?

Getting places

Once you have decided where to stay you need to find out how to get there.


[ていこく]ホテル へ いく に は どう いったら いい です か

[Teikoku] hoteru e iku ni wa dō ittara ii desu ka?

How do I get to the [Imperial] hotel, please?


タクシー のりば は どこ です か

Takushii noriba wa doko desu ka?

Where is the taxi stand, please?


[ていこく]ホテル へ いく に は どの バス で いったら いい です か

[Teikoku] hoteru e iku ni wa dono basu de ittara ii desu ka?

Which bus goes to the [Imperial] hotel?


[ていこく]ホテル へ いく に は どの でんしゃ で いったら いい です か

[Teikoku] hoteru e iku ni wa dono densha de ittara ii desu ka?

Which train goes to the [Imperial] hotel?

Japanese transport

Useful phrases

A taxi ride can be quite expensive in Japan, so you might want to get an idea of the price before you hop in. Public transport is usually punctual and reasonably fast. Here are some important words and phrases for you to remember when you're trying to get to your accommodation in Japanese.


[ていこく]ホテル まで おねがいします

[Teikoku] hoteru made onegaishimasu.

I would like to go to the [Imperial] hotel, please.

[帝国] ホテルまでお幾らですか

[ていこく]ホテル まで お いくら ですか

[Teikoku] hoteru made o ikura desuka?

How much does it cost to the[Imperial] hotel...?


とおい ですか

Tōi desuka?

Is it far?


だい たい

Dai tai?

More or less?


[ていこく]ホテル へ いきますか

[Teikoku] hoteru e ikimasuka?

Do you go to the [Imperial] hotel...?


ホテル の ちかく に バス てい は ありますか

Hoteru no chikaku ni basu tei wa arimasuka?

Is there a bus stop close to the hotel?


タクシー のりば

Takushī noriba

The taxi stand

バス停 / バス乗り場

バス てい / バス のりば

Basu tei / Basu noriba

The bus stop



The train station




The taxi

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