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Useful phrases in Japanese for a trip to Japan

Basic words

Yes = Hai (はい)

No = Iie (いいえ)

Thanks = Arigato (ありがとう), or the more formal Arigato gozaimasu

You're welcome = Doo Itashimashite (どういたしまして)

Excuse me (for example before asking for information) = Sumimasen (すみません)

Sorry = Gomen nasai (ごめんなさい)

Greetings and common expressions

Good morning = Ohayou gozaimasu (おはよございます)

Good afternoon = Konnichiwa (こんにちは)
[widely used]

Good evening = Konbanwa (こんばんは)

Good night = Oyasumi nasai (おやすみなさい) or simply Oyasumi

Good bye = Sayonara (さようなら)

How are you= Ogenki desu ka? (おげんきですか)
(answer) I'm fine = Genki desu (げんきです)

Good luck! = Ganbatte! (がんばって!)

Nice to meet you = Hajimemashite (はじめまして)

While eating

Enjoy your meal = Ittadakimasu (いただきます)

Thank you for the delicious food (after you have finished eating) = Gochisoosama deshita (ごちそうさまでした)

It is delicious! (referring to something you are eating) = Oishii desu! (おいしいです)

Cheers! (before toasting) = Kampai! (乾杯)

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? (すみません、新宿駅はどこですか?)
[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? (すみません、今何時ですか?)
[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? (これはいくらですか?)

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.

What Govoyagin is

Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Sky Tree, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place.
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin. Take a look at Govoyagin

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