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During Rugby World Cup 2019 we don’t want you confusing your ‘hellos’ with your ‘goodbyes’ or for you to be confused with Japan’s beautiful language – we want you to be as prepared as possible when out and about exploring during the tournament.

Not only will our Rugby World Cup hosts appreciate it, you will have more confidence so that when you order a beer you don’t get a taxi instead! So, to help, we have put together these useful phrases for you to get your tongue around. Enjoy. 

View our top phrases whilst in Japan

Greeting phrases in Japanese

Hello - Kon-nichiwa

Good morning - Ohayo Gozai-masu

Goodbye - Sayo-nara

Goodnight - Oyasumi-nasai

How are you? - Genki-deuska

I’m good/fine - Genki-desu

Please - Dozo

Sorry - Gomen-nasai

Direction phrases in Japanese

I/We want to go to… - Ni Ikitai-desu

Bar - Bar

Restaurant - Restaurant

Pharmacy - Kusuri-ya

Hospital - Byoh-in

Bank - Ginkoh

Convenience store - Kon-bini

Post Office - Yuh-bin-kyoku

Restroom/toilet - Toilet

Supermarket - Suh-pah

Airport - Kuh-Koh

Train station – Eki

Emergency phrases in Japanese

Help - Tasukete

I am lost - Mayotte-masu

Fire - Kaji

Call an ambulance - Kyu-kyu sha wo yonde-kudasai

Call the police - Keisatsu wo yonde-kudasai

Doctor - Isha

Hospital - Byohin

Pharmacy - Kusuri-ya

Embassy - Taishi-kan

Drinking phrases in Japanese

Cheers - Kan-pai

Bon appetit - Itadaki-masu

Water - Mizu

Coffee - Coffee

English tea - Kohcha

Green tea - Ryokucha

Hot tea - Atata-kai ocha

Iced tea - Tsume-tai ocha

Draft beer - Nama bih-ru

Bottled beer - Bin bih-ru

Please can I have a beer? - Beer Kudasaie

Sake - Sak 

Red wine - Aka Wine

White wine - Shiro Wine

Cocktail - Cocktail

Transport phrases in Japanese

Train - Ressha

Subway - Chika-tetsu

Bus - Bus

Bullet train - Shinkansen

Flight - Flight

Ticket - Ticket

Transfer - Transfer

Reserved seat - Shitei seki

Last train - Saishu ressha

Local train - Kaku eki  ressha

Express train - Kyukoh

Taxi - Taxi

Please can you call me a taxi? - Taxi wo Yonde Kudasai

One way - Kata-michi

Round-trip - Oh-fuku

Standard class - Futsuu-sha

Green car (first class) - Green-sha

Which train? - Dono ressha