10 simple Japanese words good to know to use when traveling

Traveling to Japan Especially in provinces outside the city where the lifestyle and well-being of the people are still mostly traditional Japanese, communication in English may, therefore, have some obstacles. Therefore, to get the atmosphere of a local Japanese travel trip. Trying to speak and communicate in their language, whether ordering food, buying souvenirs or asking the direction. In addition to making our lives easier while traveling abroad, it also makes the locals feel the effort to communicate and that makes them ready to help tourists like us with the friendship of the host.

Let's see that in addition to basic vocabulary like yes ใช่ い (Hai) and thank you あ り が と う (A-Ri-Ka-To), there is also simple Japanese vocabulary. (With how to use). Which words will make our shopping experience in Japan easier. 


  1. No saying that E-YE い え in order to deny or indicate disapproval

  2. Never mind, say Dai-Jo-Bu-Des す い じ ょ う ぶ で す す to answer the question to confirm that we don't need anything else from the store. Or is used to say that is fine, not much or if someone volunteers to carry the luggage but you want to hold by yourself, can respond politely to this denial

  3. This or this thing says Ko-Re-Des す れ で す, used when ordering food or menu items to point to products

  4. I want something. Say that Ku-Da-Sai く だ さ い after the name of the wish item. Will be a polite request

  5. Bill, please. Say "O-Kan-Jo お 勘定 (in short) or a more polite sentence that says O-Kan-Jo-Ne-Gai-I-Shi-Mas".

  6. Call the staff or server saying "Tsu-Mi-Ma-Sen". This word is often used to call for attention. Whether calling staff to order food or asking for directions when leaving the SkyTrain. Or even use to apologize as well

  7. Ask permission say E-Des-Ka い い で す か? Is used to ask for permission before doing anything such as requesting to sit in a chair or requesting to enter the place.

  8. Ask for the price. Say I-Ku-Ra-Des-Kah. い く ら で す か? Directly translate to what the price is. For example, if wanting to ask how much does this cost? Say Kō-Rawa-I-ku-Ra-Des-kha. If you know the name of the product you want to buy, then say the product name before the beginning (は (wa) as a verb)

  9. Where is this place? Say Do-Ko-Des-KA. ど こ で す か? is used to ask for directions. For example, if wanting to ask the way to Osaka Castle, say O-Za-Ka-Jo-Do-Go-Des-Ka 大阪 城 は ど ど で す か??

  10. Is there something like this? Say A-Ri-Mus-Ka. あ り ま す か? is used to say after the noun to ask if there is a product or service. For example, if asking a hotel if Wi-Fi is available, ask. Wi-Fi, A-Ri-Mus-Ka, Wi-Fi あ り ま す か?

I hope the vocabulary and simple example sentences will make your Japan trip smoother. But for those who are more proficient in using English, then notice the word English OK! in various shops or restaurants. Which is a hit phrase in stores in Japan that let tourists know that the shop has people who can speak English. (Some stores have people who know Chinese and Korean to help communicate with customers as well). Regarded as the attention of Japanese people to help reduce the language barrier for tourists It also increases the opportunity for the store to get customers who are tourists from different countries even more.