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Top 10 phrases for traveling Japan

Top 10 phrases for traveling Japan :So you are thinking of traveling to Japan? Well lucky you! From the technological wonders of Tokyo to the tranquillity of Kyoto, no matter where you end up in Japan, you are in for a treat. 

When it comes to travelling Japan there are certainly some phrases that will need to know to get you by. It’s not essential to be able to speak Japanese whilst travelling around Japan. However, it will be really helpful to understand these top 10 phrases to use when travelling around Japan.

So lets get started as we count down the top 10 useful phrases to use while traveling Japan.

Traveling phrases : 10.Sumimasen すみません – Excuse me

Coming in at number 10 is Sumimasen which means both “excuse me” and “im sorry”. So while travelling Japan you can both get the attention of a native Japanese speaker and apologies for getting too drunk at the karaoke bars.

Traveling phrases : 9.~ e Ikitai Desu ~へいきたいです- I want to go to ~.

At number 9 we have, ~ e Ikitai Desu which means “I want to go to” With this phrase all you have to do is put the place where you want to go before the phrase and hopefully a nice Japanese local will direct you to your destination. Obviously, this is a very useful phrase you should learn for travelling around Japan to help you get to those key sights you want to go to.

Traveling phrases : 8.~ wa Doko Desu ka? ~はどこですか? – Where is ~?

At number 8 is ~ wa Doko Desu ka? Which means “Where is ~?”. To complete this phrase you need to put what you are looking for at the beginning of the sentence. This is going to be very helpful on your travels to Japan if you are looking for the bathroom, airport or even the best udon joints.

7.wo Kudasai ~をください – May I have ~.

In at number 7 we have, wo Kudasai which means “May I have ~”. To construct this phrase simply place the item you want to have at the beginning of the sentence. So whether you are asking for some napkins or want to take home some samurai swords, this phrase has certainly got you covered while your travelling around Japan.

Traveling phrases : 6.Ikura Desu ka? いくらですか? – How much is it?

Now you would have to be a fool to jump in and buy something without knowing how much said item is. This phrase is in at number 6 and will definitely help you out in that department. Ikura Desu ka? means “How much is it?” and will help you to identify the worth of any item while travelling and shopping in Japan.

Traveling phrases : 5.Wi-fi Arimasu ka? Wi-fiありますか? – Do you have Wi-fi?

In modern times this phrase has become somewhat of a common place question in restaurants, hotels and even train stations. Gaining access to the wifi in any area could certainly get you out of a tricky situation. In at number 5 is Wi-fi Arimasu ka? Which means, “Do you have Wi-fi?.”

Traveling phrases : 4.Daijyoubu Desu だいじょうぶです - I’m fine

We are almost in the top 3 but before that we need to checkout number 4, daijyoubu desu which means “I’m fine” it can also mean “its okay”. This is a very common phrase you can use when travelling Japan to express your doing well or you are satisfied with the current situation.

Traveling phrases : 3.Toire wa doko desu ka トイレはどこですか – Where is the toilet?

When you gotta go, you gotta go! In at number 3 is the all-important Toire wa doko desu ka which means, “Where is the toilet?” I’m sure this phrase will come in handy when you need it most.

Traveling phrases : 2.Arigatou gozaimasu  ありがとうございます – Thankyou very much

Manners and politeness go along way, especially in such a respectful as Japan. In at number 2 is Arigatou gozaimasu which means, “Thank you very much”. You should always express your gratitude when someone has gone out of their way to help you whilst travelling Japan. With this phrase you can do just that.

1.Eigo ga hanasemasu ka えいごがはなせますか – Can you speak English?

Finally, we have reached number one. This phrase is number one because if everything goes to pot you can simply revert to Eigo ga hanasemasu ka which means, “Can you speak English?”. It’s more than likely that you will come across English speaking Japanese people everywhere you go so if all else fails you can revert back to this Japanese phrase. 

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