Useful Japanese Expressions While Traveling in Japan

Travel Tips

Greetings and Restaurant Basics

Welcome to Japan! While you can get by in English with slight difficulty, knowing a few of these expressions will make your experience easier and more enjoyable:

Useful Japanese Greetings and Basics

good morning – ohayo gozaimasu; ohayo
good afternoon – konnichiwa
good evening – konbanwa

yes – hai
no – iie

I don’t understand – wakarimasen
Do you speak English? – Eigo o hanashimasu ka?

excuse me – sumimasen
sorry – gomen nasai
please – kudasai
thank you – domo; arigato; domo arigato; arigato gozaimasu; domo arigato gozaimasu; arigato gozaimashita (“thank you for what you’ve done” – best applied upon leaving a restaurant)

 

Useful Japanese Phrases When in a Restaurant

Do you have an English menu – Eigo no menyu wa arimasu ka?

water – omizu
draft beer please – nama biiru kudasai
one more please – mohitotsu kudasai

Numbers when ordering food:
one (piece)- hitotsu
two – futatsu
three – mitsu
four – yotsu
five – itsutsu
six – mutsu
seven – nanatsu
eight – yatsu
nine – kokonotsu
ten – to

kanpai – cheers
itadakimasu – said before eating a meal
gochisosama deshita – said after eating a meal

 


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