Ryokō ni iku

Abgueguen

Abgueguen

Does this stand really for “to go to vacation” or isn't it more “to go on travel” ?

Thanks in advance

Olivier

EarleyGrave

EarleyGrave

I think it's more like “to go on a trip”, but that's nearly equivalent of what we mean in English when we say to go on vacation. I'm sure our friendly neighborhood Japanese tutor Emma will know the answer!

Emma-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor

Emma-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor

こんにちは (Konnichiwa) Olivier and EarleyGrave,

 

Thank you for your question. 

 

The noun 旅行 means “travel” or “trip," and 行く (iku) means “to go,” so literally, 旅行に行く (ryokō ni iku) means “to go to travel.” 

Like EarleyGrave says, since 旅行 (ryokō) refers to a trip made for pleasure, it is often translated as “to go on vacation."
 

There is a separate Japanese word for “vacation”: 休暇 (kyūka). However, this expresses a period of time you have off work, and not a trip away. 
 

When you want to talk about GOING on a vacation somewhere, you should use 旅行に行く  (ryokō ni iku). 

 

I hope this helped! 

Please let me know if you have any other questions. 

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