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100 Phrases To Memorize Before Traveling To Japan
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100 Phrases To Memorize Before Traveling To Japan

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Want to help you trip to Japan go smoothly? Here are 100 useful expressions covering major topics like shopping, restaurants and emergencies to help you along in most situations.

Written by Miki Takeshita

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4. Shopping

これください KORE KUDASAI (Ko-re ku-da-sigh)
I want this.

お願いします ONEGAISHIMASU (O-ne-guy-she-mas)
Yes, please.

When you are offered something by the staff and you would like to have it, say this phrase.

大丈夫です DAIJOUBUDESU (Die-joe-bu-des)
No, thank you.

If you want to decline that offer, then this is what you should say.

いくら? IKURA? (E-ku-ra)
How much is this?

おすすめ OSUSUME (O-sue-sue-may)
Recommendation

試食/試飲 SHISHOKU/SHIIN (She-sho-ku/She-n)
Food tasting, Drink Tasting

5. Restaurant/Izakaya

牛丼 GYUDON (Gyu-don)
A bowl of rice with sliced beef on top.

たこ焼き TAKOYAKI (Tah-ko-yah-ki)
Fried octopus dumplings.

お好み焼き OKONOMIYAKI (O-ko-no-mi-yah-ki)
Meat (or seafood) and vegetable pancakes.

和風 WAFUU (Wa-fu)
Japanese-style

無料 MURYOU (Mu-ryoh)
Free

大盛り OOMORI (Oh-moh-ri)
Large serving

You sometimes might find this word in combination with "無料", which means you can eat more for the same price!

食べ放題/飲み放題 TABEHOUDAI/NOMIHOUDAI (Tah-beh-hoh-die/Noh-mi-hoh-die)
all-you-can-eat/all-you-can-drink

Quite a number of restaurants and bars offer such food and drink plans.

トイレ/お手洗い/化粧室 TOIRE/OTEARAI/KESHOSHITSU (Toy-re/O-teh-ah-rai/Keh-show-she-tsu)
Toilet

OTEARAI and KESHOSHITSU are formal expressions for the bathroom used in restaurants or hotels.

ベジタリアン/菜食 VEGETARIAN/SAISHOKU (Beh-ji-tah-ri-an/Sigh-sho-ku)
Vegetarian

Vegetarian and organic dining is gaining in popularity in Japan, but can be hard to find at standard restaurants. Ask the staff just in case.

いただきます ITADAKIMASU (I-tah-da-ki-mas)

A phrase showing gratitude to the people who made the ingredients and cooked the dish. It is a basic manner to say this before eating the food.

おいしい OISHII (O-e-she)
Delicious

おかわり OKAWARI (O-ka-wa-ri)
Another helping/cup

ごちそうさまでした GOCHISOSAMADESHITA (Go-chi-so-u-sah-mah-de-she-tah)

Phrase similar to ITADAKIMASU, but you say this after your food is done. Don't forget to say it otherwise that is considered as rude to the cooks.

居酒屋 IZAKAYA (I-za-ka-ya)
Japanese bar

日本酒 NIHONSHU (Ni-ho-n-shoe)
Sake

地酒 ZIZAKE (Zi-za-ke)
Local sake

焼酎 SHOUCHUU (Show-chu-u)
Distilled liquor made mainly from rice, barley, or potatoes.

泡盛 AWAMORI(A-wa-mo-li)
Strong Okinawa liquor

枝豆 EDAMAME (E-da-ma-me)
Green boiled and salted soybeans

乾杯 KANPAI (Kan-pai)
Cheers!

6. Accommodation

ホステル HOSTEL (Ho-sue-te-lu)
Hostel

カプセルホテル CAPSULE HOTEL (Ca-pu-seh-lu-ho-te-lu)
Capsule hotel

A typical hotel in Japan that only one capsule is given for each guest, instead of rooms.

旅館 RYOKAN (Ryo-kan)
A Japanese-style hotel

民宿 MINSHUKU (Min-shoe-ku)
A Japanese-style private guesthouse

素泊まり SUDOMARI (Sue-do-ma-ri)
Bed without meals (just a place to stay the night)

Next PageImportant phrases you can use when you're having trouble are on the next page.
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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.
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