Speakin' Japanese: Reserving a room

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Speakin' Japanese: Reserving a room

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: July 01, 2015

With spring break upon us, it is a great time to stay at a ryokan,” or traditional Japanese inn. When doing so, try using some of these phrases.

• “Konban kuushitsu wa arimasuka?” = Do you have a room vacancy tonight?

“wa arimasuka” = Do you have …
“kuushitsu” = Room vacancy
“Konban” = Tonight
“Shizukana heya wa arimasuka?” = Do you have a quiet room?
“Onsen tsuki no ryokan wa arimasuka?” = Do you have an inn with hot spring?
“Chushajo wa arimasuka?” = Do you have a parking lot?
“Shizukana” = Quiet
“heya” = Room
“Ryokan” = Japanese-style inn

• “Ni-haku shitai no desuga.”= I want to stay for two nights.

“Shitai no desuga” = I want (formal)
“Haku” = Stay over night
“Ni” = Two
“Heya wo yoyaku shitai no desuga.” = I want to reserve a room.
“Yoyaku wo kyanseru shitai no desuga.” = I want to cancel the reservation.
“Heya wo henko shitai no desuga.” = I want to change (my) room.
 “Yoyaku” = Reserve/reservation
“Henko” = Change

• “Basu tsuki no heya wo onegai shimasu.” = I would like a room with a bathroom.

“onegai shimasu” = I would like … , please.  
“Nagame no yoi heya wo onegai shimasu.” = I would like a room with a nice view.
“Washitsu wo onegai shimasu?” = I would like a Japanese-style room.
“Nagame” = View  

“Yoi” = Good  
“Washitsu” = Japanese-style room (with tatami mat)

• “Yuushoku wa nanji desuka?”= What time is dinner?

“Wa nanji” = What time is …
“Ofuro wa nanji made desuka?” = Until what time can I use the bathhouse?
“Chekku in wa nanji desuka?” = What time can I check in?
“Ofuro” = Bathhouse
“Made” = Until

WHEN ON OKINAWA –
You can also say it in “Uchinaaguchi” (island dialect) like this:
“Men So-re” = Welcome (How hotel or inn keepers greet patrons.)
“Cya-Bira Sai” = Anybody here? (Used when entering a traditional inn or shop.)

Pronunciation key: “A” is short (like “ah”); “E” is short (like “get”); “I” is short (like “it”); “O” is long (like “old”); “U” is long (like “tube”); and “AI” is a long “I” (like “hike”). Most words are pronounced with equal emphasis on each syllable, but “OU” is a long “O” with emphasis on that syllable.

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