Common Japanese travel phrases

Don’t leave home without this free audio lesson on Japanese travel phrases! How do you ask 'when' and 'where' in Japanese? How do you ask when the bus leaves or the train arrives?


When does the museum open? Where can you find a tourist information center? Essential travel phrases for your Japanese survival kit, right? Listen to the pronunciation, and practice these common questions and Japanese words aloud. We’ve made it real easy to follow and you'll never have an excuse to be late or lost in Japan!

How to pronounce common Japanese travel phrases

As hard as you try, without helpful feedback your Japanese pronunciation is never going to be the same as a native speaker’s. If you've found it difficult to perfect the way you say Japanese words and phrases, this lesson will help you.


Using the blue Rocket Record buttons you can record the way you say each travel word or phrase, and compare it with the way a Japanese native speaker does. That’s right, with Rocket Japanese voice mapping technology you can record your voice as many times as you need until your pronunciation matches the Japanese speaker!


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はくぶつかん は なんじ に あきます か
博物館 は 何時 に 開きます か
Hakubutsu-kan wa nanji ni akimasu ka?
When is the museum open?
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はくぶつかん は なんじ に しまります か
博物館 は 何時 に 閉まります か
Hakubutsu-kan wa nanji ni shimarimasu ka?
When is the museum closed?
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スーパー は なんじ に あきます か
スーパー は 何時 に 開きます か
Sūpā wa nanji ni akimasu ka?
When is the supermarket open?
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やっきょく は なんじ に あきます か
薬局 は 何時 に 開きます か
Yakkyoku wa nanji ni akimasu ka?
When is the pharmacy open?
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バス は なんじ に しゅっぱつ します か
バス は 何時 に 出発 します か
Basu wa nanji ni shupattsu shimasu ka?
When does the bus leave?
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でんしゃ は なんじ に はっしゃ します か
電車 は 何時 に 発車 します か
Densha wa nanji ni hasha shimasu ka?
When does the train leave?
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ひこうき は なんじ に しゅっぱつ します か
飛行機 は 何時 に 出発 します か
Hikōki wa nanji ni shuppatsu shimasu ka?
When does the flight leave?
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バス は なんじ に つきます か
バス は 何時 に 着きます か
Basu wa nanji ni tsukimasu ka?
When does the bus arrive?
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でんしゃ は なんじ に とうちゃく します か
電車 は 何時 に 到着 します か
Densha wa nanji ni tōchaku shimasu ka?
When does the train arrive?
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ひこうき は なんじ に とうちゃく します か
飛行機 は 何時 に 到着 します か
Hikōki wa nanji ni tōchaku shimasu ka?
When does the flight arrive?
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いつ とまります か
いつ 止まります か
Itsu tomarimasu ka?
When do we stop?
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いつ やすみます か
いつ 休みます か
Itsu yasumimasu ka?
When do we have a break?
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えいが は なんじ から です か
映画 は 何時 から です か
Eiga wa nanji kara desu ka?
When does the movie start?
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おしばい/げき は なんじ から です か
お芝居/劇 は 何時 から です か
Oshibai/geki wa nanji kara desu ka?
When does the theatre start?
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しあい は なんじ から です か
試合 は 何時 から です か
Shiai wa nanji kara desu ka?
When does the game start?
One of the first questions you might want to ask when arriving in an unfamiliar city could be…

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かんこう あんない じょう は どこ です か
観光 案内 場 は 何処 です か
Kankō annai jyo wa doko desu ka?
Where can I find the tourist information center?
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Some smaller cities in Japan don’t have tourist information centers. You might have to rely on asking the locals. Here are some useful questions you might need…

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はくぶつかん は どこ です か
博物館 は どこ です か
Hakubutsukan wa doko desu ka?
…the museum?
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びじゅつかん は どこ です か
美術館 は 何処 です か
Bijyutsukan wa doko desu ka?
…the art exhibition?
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おとしもの あずかりしょ は どこ です か
落し物 預かり所 は どこ です か
Otoshimono azukarisho wa doko desu ka?
…the lost property office?
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えき は どこ です か
駅 は 何処 です か
Eki wa doko desu ka?
…the train station?
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バスてい は どこ です か
バス 停 は 何処 です か
Basu-tei wa doko desu ka?
…the bus stop?
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びょういん は どこ です か
病院 は 何処 です か
Byōin wa doko desu ka?
…the hospital?
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おいしゃさん は どこ です か
お医者さん は 何処 です か
Oisha-san wa doko desu ka?
…a doctor?
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こうしゅうトイレ は どこ です か
公衆トイレ は どこ です か
Kōshū-toire wa doko desu ka?
…public restrooms?
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ぎんこう は どこ です か
銀行 は どこ です か
Ginkō wa doko desu ka?
...a bank?
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がいか りょうがえ は どこ で できます か
外貨 両替 は どこ で できます か
Gaika ryōgae wa doko de dekimasu ka?
Where can I exchange money?
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がいか りょうがえ まどぐち は どこ に あります か
外貨 両替 窓口 は どこ に あります か
Gaika ryōgae madoguchi wa doko ni arimasu ka?
Where can I find a money exchange counter?
Credit cards are not as widely used in Japan as they are in England or America for example, so you might have to exchange some money.

That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the lesson!

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