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Konnichiwa, ohashii friends! Embarking on an adventure in Japan is an exciting journey through a land of rich culture, stunning landscapes, and bustling cities. As you explore this captivating country, efficient communication can be your key to seamless travel, especially when it comes to transportation. Whether you’re hopping on a train, catching a bus, or seeking directions, a few basic Japanese phrases can make your journey smoother and more enjoyable.

Check out these must-know travel and transportation phrases that will make getting around Japan a breeze. We personally use these phrases ourselves when we travel and we’re excited to share them with you. Hope they’ll be just as helpful to you!

Asking for Directions:

  • “Sumimasen, [place name] wa doko desu ka?” (Excuse me, where is [place name]?)
  • “Koko kara [place name] made ikura desu ka?” (How much is it to get to [place name] from here?)

Buying Tickets:

  • “Kippu o kudasai.” (One ticket, please.)
  • “Tokudane wa arimasu ka?” (Do you have any discounts?)

Navigating Train Stations:

  • “Eki wa doko desu ka?” (Where is the station?)
  • “Kono densha wa [place name] ni ikitai desu.” (I want to go to [place name] by this train.)

Asking about Departure Times:

  • “Kono densha wa nanji ni demasu ka?” (What time does this train depart?)
  • “Tsugi no densha wa nanji ni demasu ka?” (What time does the next train depart?)

Inquiring about Stops:

  • “Kono densha wa [station name] ni tomarimasu ka?” (Does this train stop at [station name]?)
  • “Koko wa [place name] desu ka?” (Is this [place name]?)

Bus Travel:

  • “Koko kara [place name] made no basu wa arimasu ka?” (Is there a bus from here to [place name]?)
  • “Kippu wa doko de kaimasu ka?” (Where can I buy a ticket?)


  • “Kono kyori wa ikura desu ka?” (How much is this distance?)
  • “Koko kara [place name] made ikura desu ka?” (How much is it to get to [place name] from here?)

Expressing Gratitude:

  • “Arigatou gozaimasu.” (Thank you very much.)
  • “Sumimasen” (Excuse me/I’m sorry.)

Emergency Situations:

  • “Tasukete kudasai!” (Please help!)
  • “Koban wa doko desu ka?” (Where is the police box?)

Checking for Availability:

  • “Jiyuu seki wa arimasu ka?” (Do you have any available seats?)
  • “Kippu wa nokotte imasu ka?” (Are there any tickets left?)

Arming yourself with these useful phrases will not only help you navigate Japan’s transportation system but also enhance your overall travel experience. Japanese locals greatly appreciate the effort you make to communicate in their language, and you’ll find that it often leads to warmer interactions and a deeper connection with the culture.

As my own understanding of the Japanese language continues to expand, I will consistently enhance this blog post with fresh phrases – make sure to drop by occasionally to catch any new updates!

🚌 What Japanese phrase do you use the most during your travels in Japan? Share your memorable experiences or tips for a smooth trip in the comments below!

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