An Introduction to Useful Japanese for Travelers

Home Info About Japan Japan Travel Tips An Introduction to Useful Japanese for Travelers

Before you travel to Japan for the first time, you may want to remember a few useful Japanese phrases to make your trip even more smooth and enjoyable. Here are some simple words and phrases that are worth knowing.

Japanese Greetings

Ohayo Gozaimasu: Good morning.

Konnichiwa: Hello.

Konbanwa: Good evening (greeting).

Oyasuminasai: Good evening (farewell).

Hajimemashite: Nice to meet you.

Watashi wa (name) desu: My name is (name).

For travel to Japan like these people did, it is a good idea to study some useful Japanese phrases first

Japanese for Shops/Restaurants

Sumimasen: Excuse me. It is a formal apology, and it is also said as the first word to say before
asking for a favor. Example: Sumimasen (excuse me), Otearai wa doko desu ka (where is the
bathroom?). You can also use it to call for someone’s attention.

Onegaii shimasu: Please.

Kekko desu: No, thanks.

Ikura desu ka: How much does it cost?

Arigato Gozaimasu: Thank you very much.

Doitashimashite: You are welcome.

Tasukete kuremasen ka: Could you help me?

(drink name) kudasai: (drink name) please. Example: Omizu (water) kudasai (please).

Itadakimasu: Thank you for the food (it is said before eating).

Gochiso sama deshita: Thanks for the food. It was delicious. (It is said after eating)


Yes: Hai.

No: Iie.

Nihongo ga wakarimasen: I do not understand Japanese.

Eigo de onegaii shimasu: Please speak in English.

(name of the place) wa doko desu ka: Where is (name of the place)?

(name of the country) kara kimashita: I came from (name of the country).

Onaka ga suita: I am hungry.

Nodo ga kawaita: I am thirsty.

Gomennasai: Sorry. Forgive me.

(name of a person, object or place) ga suki desu: I like (name of a person, object, or place).

Dame desu: I can not. I do not want to. I do not like it. Negative.

Please check this article for more handy Japanese language for tourists!


Recommended Articles