Hello travelers! You guys must already know the importance of learning simple phrases while travelling to other countries. In Japan, most of their people can’t speak another language except Japanese language. You don’t need to be fluent, all you need is to learn a simple phrase. In that way, your trip will be so much easier. You will less trouble, easier when you buy food, read instructions, and many more.
These are simple phrases that can help you while traveling to Japan!
Ohayou Gozaimasu (Good Morning)
Japanese people are very polite. This politeness is an important part of their society in order to be more disciplined. The polite way to say “Good morning’ in the Japanese language is “Ohayu Gozaimasu”. This word is used in a formal situation such as to greet a teacher. Aside, greeting friends or family members can be done informally by saying, “Ohayou.” If you use “Ohayou” to greet the teacher, this is a sign of disrespect and might be considered rude in Japan.
Arigatou Gozaimasu (Thank you)
There are also formal and informal ways to say thank you in Japan. “Arigatou Gozaimasu” is a formal way to say thank you. Meanwhile, “Arigatou” is a casual way. Saying thank you in Japanese is usually accompanied by bowing. The formal method is used for something that will be done or something that has been done.
Ikitai Desu (I want to go to)
When in Japan, you will use several modes of transportation such as trains, buses, and cars. If you use a taxi, you need to tell the driver the destination, so you may need to learn the phrase “[name of location], connected with -e Ikitai Desu.” “Ikitai” itself, in Japanese means “Want to go”. You can use this phrase in any situation, whether casual or formal.
Ue, shita, migi, hidari (Up, down, right and left)
Some expressions that you need to know are very basic and have to do with direction. This expression is also very useful in many situations. This phrase can help you while asking for a place, destinations, instructions, and many more.
Oko desu ka? (Where?)
The phrase “doko desu ka?” Which means “where?” Is one of the most needed phrases when looking for a place. Here are some examples that can be used when searching for a destination location.
Where am I? – Koko (wa) doko desu ka?
Where is it? – Doko ni arimasu ka?
Where is the toilet? – Toire (wa) doko desu ka?
What station? – Eki (wa) doko desu ka?