Basic Japanese words you need when traveling to Japan

Traveling to Japan is a dream that many Japanese language learners aspire to, not only in order to see this charming country and learn about its distinctive culture, but also to practice using basic Japanese words and phrases outside the classroom, since that is the only way to practice the Japanese language on Earth. Indeed.

For this reason, having a good stock of Japanese vocabulary and phrases to use when traveling to Japan will help you a lot in improving your pronunciation, as well as in interacting with and getting to know the locals.

In today’s article, we have compiled for you a list of the most important Japanese words, sentences and commonly used phrases that will make your trip to Japan a useful, enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

First: the basics of the Japanese language

The following sentences and words allow you to greet and interact with those around you during different times of the day. All you have to do is memorize it and practice its pronunciation before you start using it when you arrive in Japan, or with your Japanese language learners friends!

Hajimemashite – nice to meet you

Nice to meet you (said at the beginning of the meeting)

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Second: Transportation and accommodation in the Japanese language

As in most countries of the world, Japan’s travel and hospitality sector seem to have their own language, quite different from the natural language.

Here is a list of some of the important Japanese words that you may need when traveling there and on the way from one place to another in Japan.

(Tokyo) madeh ichimai onegaishimasu
Please send me one sheet to (Tokyo)

One ticket to Tokyo, please.

Kono densha/basu wa doko yuki desuka? 
Where is this (train/bus) going?

Where will this bus/train go?

(Tokyo) yuki no densha/ basu wa doko desuka? 
Where is the (train/bus) to (Tokyo)?

Where is the bus/train going to Tokyo?

Kono densha/basu wa (Tokyo) ni tomarimasuka?
Does this (train/bus) stop at (Tokyo)?

Does this bus/train stop in Tokyo?

(Tokyo) yuki no densha/ basu wa nanji ni shuppatsu shimasuka
 What time does the (train/bus) for (Tokyo) leave?

When does the bus/train leave for Tokyo?

Hitori/futari-yō no heya wa ikura desuka?
 How much is a single/double room?

What is the housing price for one/two people?

Washitsu/yōshitsu desuka? 
Is it a Japanese-style room/Western-style room?

Is the room Japanese/Western style?

Kore de ii desu. 
This is fine.

I’ll take it / I’ll take it (a hotel room, or whatever merchandise you buy)

Hoka no yado wa gozonji desuka?
Do you know other inns?

Do you know another place to stay? (meaning, another hotel)

Chōshoku/yūshoku wa nanji desuka?
What time is breakfast/dinner?

When is breakfast/dinner served?

Chekku auto (check out) onegaishimasu.
Please check out.

I’d like to hand over my room keys, please.

Third: Shopping in Japanese

As soon as you walk into any mall or store in Japan, you will be greeted with “Irrashai maseh,” a phrase that employees usually use to greet their customers.

All you have to do then is smile and nod your head without having to say anything, but then you may hear one of the following sentences from another employee while walking through the corridors of the store or while shopping.

Hai, douzo.
here you are.

Go ahead (when you return the cash, or hand over your bag of purchases)

As for your answers and phrases that you as a shopper might use, they include the following:

Kureditto kaado (credit card) o tsukaemasuka?
Can I use a credit card?

Is credit card payment available?

Fourth: Eating out  in Japanese

Whether you want to eat out during your special trip to Japan or you want to spend a nice evening with your Japanese friends or even your Japanese language student friends, it is really helpful to learn the following phrases and sentences, which will help you say your order to the waiter and understand your friends order effortlessly!

O-susume wa arimasuka? 
Do you have any recommendations?

Is there a special dish that the restaurant is famous for?

(…..)ga haitteru mono o kudasai.
Please give me something with (…..) in it.

I want a plate that contains ______

Fifth: Time and numbers in Japanese

The Japanese are known to be very disciplined and punctual, so don’t be surprised if you see that the bus or train will be at 10:02, for example!

In order to know how to read time and deal with numbers, here are the most important words in this regard:

Sixth: Japanese words you should avoid

Since you are reading this article, you are definitely interested in Japanese language and culture, and you are likely to love watching Japanese soap operas, especially anime.

In fact, I probably learned a lot of Japanese words from these series. But… you have to realize that what you see in anime is a bit different from the truth, and a lot of the words you learned might not be appropriate if you used them in Japan with Japanese people.

If you want your trip to Japan to be happy and free from any problems or misunderstandings, we advise you to avoid using any of the following words and phrases:

You are now ready for your first trip to Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, and with these basic Japanese terms and phrases, you will be able to get by without the need for a special translator.
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