Japan Hotels and Ryokans

In this article, we will explore the distinctions in hotel classifications between Japan hotels, ryokan and other countries. Japan employs a unique hierarchical system, developed by its domestic hotel corporations. This system significantly differs from international standards. Moreover, global hotel chains like Hyatt, Marriott, and Hilton maintain consistent service and room quality worldwide. Additionally, the focus of our discussion on hotel classification will primarily be on how Japan’s domestic hotel chains contrast with those in other countries.

Japan hotels room size

In Japan, a 4-star hotel typically features rooms ranging from 16 m2 to 25 m2 (172 sqf ~ 269 sqf). However, this is considerably smaller compared to the 28 m2 to 38 m2 (301 sqf ~ 409 sqf) found in similar hotels in other countries.

Furthermore, standard rooms in Japan are even more compact, measuring between 12.5 m2 to 15 m2 (134 sqf ~ 161 sqf). Some rooms can be as small as 10 m2 to 12 m2 (108 sqf ~ 129 sqf).

Japan hotels, Room Types Categorized by Bed Type

Twin Room (TWN): Typically equipped with two single beds, each ranging from 90cm to 110cm (35in ~ 43in) in width, Twin rooms are popular in Japan. They are generally priced higher than single-bed rooms. Unless specified otherwise, we usually reserve Twin rooms for our customers. When 2 guests share a Twin room, it is referred to as “TWN share.” Additionally, for a single guest booking a single room, the hotel may provide a Twin room for single use.

Japan Hotels, ryokan

Single Room (SGL): Includes one single bed, with a width of 90cm to 120cm (35in ~ 47in). This room type is designed for one person.

Japan Hotels, ryokans

Double Room (DBL): Features one double bed, with widths ranging from 120cm to 140cm (47in ~ 55in). Larger beds include Queen size (160cm/ 63in ) and King size (180cm/71 in or larger). A room with one double bed for two guests is known as “room share” or “DBL share”.
Note: Some budget hotels offer double beds of only 120cm/47in width but still accommodate two guests.

Japan Hotels, ryokans

Triple Room (TPL): Comprises either three single beds or one double bed and one single bed, suitable for up to three people. Sometimes, one of the beds may be a “sofa bed”, a foldable bed smaller than the main beds.
Note: Some hotels, due to smaller room sizes, may not be able to accommodate additional beds upon request.

Japan Hotels, ryokans

Room Types Categorized by Style

Western-Style room: A Western-style room is equipped with a bed, similar to standard hotel rooms worldwide. These rooms are categorized into three types based on bed size, as described above.

Japan Hotels, ryokans

Japanese-Style Room: For an authentic experience, guests have the option to stay in a Japanese-style room. These rooms feature futons for sleeping, a departure from traditional beds. They are particularly common in Ryokans or hotels that offer both Western and Japanese-style accommodations. However, it’s important to note that futons are generally softer than mattresses but tend to be thinner. This may not be comfortable for those accustomed to higher beds. Additionally, guests should be aware that some budget Japanese-style accommodations do not have private bathrooms. Instead, guests may need to use a shared facility known as “daiyokujo.”

Japan Hotels, ryokans

The Western-Japanese style room: a unique blend, featuring both beds and futons. Typically, it includes two beds and one or two futon sets, accommodating a group of 3 to 5 persons comfortably.

Japan Hotels, ryokans


  • Not all hotels in Japan provide complimentary bottled water, so guests often use tap water as a safe alternative.
  • When it comes to breakfast, whether it’s in the form of a buffet or a set menu, the options at standard hotels may be somewhat limited.

In conclusion, if you are familiar with the spaciousness and extensive amenities of international hotels, you might find that room standards in Japan do not always meet these expectations. It’s important to note that star ratings on international websites may not accurately represent Japanese standards. Therefore, opting for hotels from international chains or those recommended by travel experts can be effective strategies to ensure consistent service quality.

Children’s Policy for Hotels in Japan
  • Under 3 Years Old: Children under 3 years old, who do not require extra blankets, mattresses, or meals, will be charged at 50% of the adult price.
  • 3 to Under 6 Years Old: Children in this age group, even if sharing a bed with their parents, will be charged 85% of the adult price if they use additional blankets, mattresses, or have meals.
  • 6 Years and Older: Children aged 6 years and above, using separate beds and meals, will be charged the full adult price.
    Note: These are general guidelines and may vary. Some hotels might charge children at the same rate as adults, regardless of age.

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