I am translating a trip schedule for a group of Japanese people coming to visit my country. I translated "pick-up from the airport" as "空港へのお出迎え", but I think お出迎え can only be used when you greet someone the first time they have just arrived in a place. I don't think it can be used to translate "pick-up from the hotel" for a later moment. Is ピックアップ understandable by Japanese people? Also, I need a noun and not a verb, since the schedule is written as a list, something like this:

09:00 Pick-up from the airport

18:00 Pick-up from the hotel

Thank you for your help!

2 Answers 2


I think you had better not use a word ピックアップ because it is not a common word in Japan.

I think お出迎え is appropriate, and I want to change it a little like 空港までお出迎え.

Another phrase I think of is 空港まで送迎車を手配, but it is a little businesslike.

  • Thank you for your answer! So I can use お出迎え also for a later moment, not only for their arrival?
    – Marco
    Jun 14, 2018 at 17:09
  • I think お出迎え can be also used for a later moment. If this schedule list is for Japanese people, 空港で送迎車に乗車 may be also used. Jun 14, 2018 at 17:30
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    @Tommy You don't have to worry because it doesn't make sense to Japanese speakers as long as it's used in that meaning.
    – user4092
    Jun 15, 2018 at 3:01
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    Eheh, I know but just today I was in the subway and read an ad of a gym saying: このチャンスにベストなコンディションを。I don't worry about now, I worry about the future. Probably 50 years ago also the sentence above wouldn't make any sense, that's what I mean.
    – Tommy
    Jun 15, 2018 at 3:28
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    @YuuichiTam Not so much cool as indirect and less intuitive so that you can blur things.
    – user4092
    Jun 15, 2018 at 8:37

I think Yuuichi's answer is good. Just want to add that maybe you also want to have a look at 迎{むか}えに行く・迎えに来る. It's probably less formal than お出迎え so it depends on the situation. Anyway, 迎{むか}えに行く is quite good to know. For example:

私は空港に彼を迎えに行きます。 I will go pick him up at the airport.

明日の朝私を迎えに来るのを忘れないでね。 Don't forget to pick me up tomorrow morning.

The answer ends here, the following is just a side note. I will put it in italic just to underline it is somehow unrelated to the actual answer. It is just a remark born out of your attempt of using ピックアップ.

In general, I strongly advocate against trying to "katakanize" everything when we do not know a word. Chances are there are perfectly fine native Japanese words that we simply don't know. This is just my opinion but I am very much against the modern tendency of abusing loan words in Japanese.

  • As you said, the suggestions you provided are less formal and I would use them inside a sentence, not on a trip schedule written as a list. But thanks anyway for your answer!
    – Marco
    Jun 15, 2018 at 14:52
  • @Marco sure I just wanted to add something as your question seemed to be quite asking in general how to say “to go and meet/pick up someone somewhere”. I don’t understand why the down vote anyway, did you do it?
    – Tommy
    Jun 16, 2018 at 2:12
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    I didn't downvote. I upvoted it now since it still adds useful information.
    – Marco
    Jun 16, 2018 at 16:01

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