How to get hotel license in Japan ( In the case of large hotel )

In the case, you want to operate hotel legally, there are a lot of matters to be known.

Assumed that you operate hotel in Chuo ku, Tokyo prefecture.

When you manage hotel, following conditions should be fulfilled.

The number of guest rooms 10 or more
( Mainly these are western style room )
Room area for each guest room ( Including exclusive use bathroom, lavatory, washroom ) Western style room : 9㎡ or more
Japanese style room : 7 ㎡  or more
Available room area for one guest 3 ㎡  or more for one guest
(excluding bathroom etc. )
Front desk More than 3 meters length is required
Bathroom western style bathroom or shower room
Lobby and restaurant Required.
( As for restaurant, table and chair are required. )
Area of one guest room More than 9 ㎡
Width of one guest room More than 2 meters.
Area of one bed More than 4.5 ㎡
 Size of Bed  Width of bed is 0.85m、length is more than 1.95m.
Distance between bed and floor  More than 0.4 m

😎 Necessary documents to make application for hotel permit.

1  Application paper for hotel permit.
( In this paper, you clarify situation of your facility. )
2   Scanned copy of Kensa zumisho = certificate of completion of building.
3  Map of neighborhood that indicate 300 meters from your hotel.
( Authority wants to know whether there is a school etc in neighborhood or not. )
4  Building floor plan ( Tatemono zumen ).
In this paper, you can know accurate room area etc.

how to obtain hotel license Japan, drawing of building tatemono zumen
5  Drawing of front view, side view.
6  In the case, you equip gas heater with each room, drawing that can indicate situation of gas pipe. Drawing that can clarify lighting, water, drainage pipe, ventilation facility.
7  Scanned copy of articles of incorporation.

( Teikan. In the case, you operate your hotel under the name of company. ) and certified copy of commercial registry ( It should be  issued within 6 months before application ).
8  Fee of 22,000 yen
( In the case of Chuo ward. )

As for 1 ( Application form ).

In this form, You need to clarify items below.

Distance between your hotel and kindergarten etc in this format.

a part of hotel license application form, sample

Room area of guest room, front desk, lobby, kitchen, pantry, dinning room ( shokudou )
( In the kitchen, thermometer, hygrometer is required.)a part of hotel license application form, sample room area
Type of heater. ( Gas or electricity )
Capacity of each room.
( The number of guest are determined by room area. )
 The number of bathroom
 The number of lavatory for male
The number of lavatory for female
The number of washroom
The number of futon mat, pillow, sheet etc, linen closet etc.
( Color of bed clothes should show the dirt of it easily )


As for room area.

Please refer to this drawing.
hotel license in Japan  room area, drawing
As for the number of lavatory.
In the case there is a guest room that does not equipped with lavatory, you need to equip communal lavatory on the same floor.
You need to prepare it for each gender.
As for The number of lavatory.
Necessary number of toilet is determined by the number of capacity of room that does not equip with toilet.

Assumed there are 2 rooms in 2nd floor.

As for 201 ( capacity is 3 person), toilet is equipped with.
As for 202 ( capacity is 2 person), toilet is NOT equipped with.

In this case, you need to prepare communal toilet for these 2 persons.

According to table below, you need to prepare at least 2 toilets.

capacity is 5 or less At least 2 communal toilets are required.
capacity is from 6 to 10 At least 3 communal toilets are required.
capacity is from 11 to 15 At least 4 communal toilets are required.

Even if there is not guest room in specific story, you need to prepare lavatory for each gender at the story.
When you equip lavatory, you need to prepare stool.
Where you can sit down.
Regarding The number of washroom.In the case there is a guest room that does not equipped with washroom, you need to equip communal use washroom.
Regarding The number of washroom.

You need to prepare communal wash room for the guest of room that is not equipped with wash room.
You need to prepare 1 wash room for 5 guests.

But, even if the number of guest is less than 5, you still need to prepare 1 wash room.

As for ” Available room area “.
hotel license in Japan available room area, drawing


1  When you make application for hotel license, persons from public health center come to your facility to inspect the actual situation.
2  When Chuo public health center has accepted your application paper, they send notification paper to local fire department.
3  Then, when fire department judge your facility fulfills necessary standards to prevent fire, they issue certificate to Chuo public health center.
4  In the case, your hotel is located within 100 meters from school, kindergarten, nursery school, library, public health center ask their opinion regarding to your application for hotel business permit.

Information mentioned above are related to hotel business law.

In the case of Chuo ward, Chuo public health center ( 中央区保健所 ) has jurisdiction.

However, other than this, you need to make application for other authority, too. ( As for this process, I will explain later. )

Your activity Name of authority
Building certification ( Kenchiku kakunin ) Building guidance division ( Kenchiku shidou ka )
As for zoning. ( Youto chiiki ) City planning division ( Toshi keikaku ka )
As for fire prevention facility Local fire department
( As for fire service law = 消防法 )
As for provision of meal  Public health center
( Please refer to this page. )

In next page, I will explain about management of hotel business in Japan .

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