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?