11 strokes
inn, lodging, relay station, dwell, lodge, be pregnant, home, dwelling
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
701 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 宿 【シュク】 lodging, relay station, post town, constellation, mansion (in Chinese astronomy)
  • 夙 【シュク】 outcasts common around the Kyoto region from the Kamakura period to the Edo period
  • 寄宿 【キシュク】 lodging, boarding, room and board, board and lodging, boarding house, residence hall, dormitory
  • 奎宿 【トカキボシ】 Chinese "Legs" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)

Kun reading compounds

  • 宿 【やど】 lodging, inn, hotel, house, home, dwelling, home of a servant's parents (or guarantor, etc.)
  • 宿屋 【やどや】 inn
  • 連れ込み宿 【つれこみやど】 hotel catering for lovers, hotel that rents rooms by the hour
  • 相宿 【あいやど】 staying in the same inn or hotel, rooming together
  • 宿る 【やどる】 to dwell, to live, to remain, to stay at, to take shelter at, to stop at, to lodge at, to be pregnant, to be part of a constellation, to be a parasite (bugs, plants, etc.)
  • 宿す 【やどす】 to house, to contain, to harbour (a feeling), to hold (e.g. dew on leaves), to carry (a baby), to be pregnant, to give lodging to, to accommodate


Japanese names:
すく、 ぶすき、 やけ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
su4, xiu3, xiu4
sug, su


  • posada
  • alojamiento
  • hostal
  • hospedar
  • concebir un hijo


  • pousada
  • alojamento
  • estação de retransmissor
  • moradia
  • estar grávida
  • casa
  • residência


  • auberge
  • logement
  • séjourner
  • relais (de poste, station)
  • porter en soi (virus, enfant)
  • être enceinte
  • habiter
  • habitation
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