Useful phrases in Japanese for a trip to Japan
Yes = Hai
No = Iie
Thanks = Arigato
(ありがとう), or the more formal Arigato gozaimasu
You're welcome = Doo Itashimashite
Excuse me (for example before asking for information) = Sumimasen
Sorry = Gomen nasai
Greetings and common expressions
Good morning = Ohayou gozaimasu
Good afternoon = Konnichiwa
Good evening = Konbanwa
Good night = Oyasumi nasai
(おやすみなさい) or simply Oyasumi
Good bye = Sayonara
How are you= Ogenki desu ka?
(answer) I'm fine = Genki desu
Good luck! = Ganbatte!
Nice to meet you = Hajimemashite
Enjoy your meal = Ittadakimasu
Thank you for the delicious food (after you have finished eating) = Gochisoosama deshita
It is delicious! (referring to something you are eating) = Oishii desu!
Cheers! (before toasting) = Kampai!
Useful phrases for travel
My name is Sean Connery / I'm Sean Connery = Watashi wa Sean Connery desu
(わたしは Sean Connery です)
"Excuse me, where is Shinjuku station?" = Sumimasen, Shinjuku-eki wa doko desu ka?
[For any other station, just replace "Shinjuku" with the name of the station, for any other place, just replace "Shinjuku-eki" with the Japanese word for the place you're looking for]
"Excuse me, what time is it?" = Sumimasen, ima nanji desu ka?
[let him/her also understand, by signs, to show you the mobile phone or the watch rather than answering in Japanese]
"I can't understand Japanese" = Nihongo ga wakarimasen
(日本語が分かりません) or wakarimasen
(a simple "I can't understand")
"How much is this?" = Kore wa ikura desu ka?
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Govoyagin
How to use Govoyagin
Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience
, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities
all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Govoyagin you can also buy tickets
for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table
in hundreds of restaurants.