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 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.
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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