Directions in Japanese
Ready to master directions in Japanese? After this free audio lesson you’ll be armed with the Japanese words and phrases you’ll need to find your way around Japan.
I wish it were as simple as learning the word for 'where' in Japanese and a few Japanese road signs, but there’s a little more to it than that! As you may have already guessed, understanding the directions you are given can be more challenging than asking the questions. But have no fear – just listen to the Japanese pronunciation in the audio and practice saying the Japanese words and phrases aloud, as you imagine yourself strolling around Tokyo or Kyoto!
Pronouncing directions in Japanese
Eki wa dō ikeba ii desu ka?
How do I get to the train station? (formal)
Eki ni wa dō yatte ikuno?
How do I get to the train station? (casual)
Do you know where the train station is? (formal)
Do you know where the train station is? (casual)
Another more complete way of asking for directions is by saying…
すみません、 駅 へ いく ほうほう を おしえて ください
Sumimasen, eki e iku hōhō o oshiete kudasai.
Excuse me please! Could you please tell me where the train station is? (formal)
Here’s a list of some places you might like to go to and places you may pass on the way to getting there.
The travel information center
Shoppingu sentā / Shōtengai
Machi no chūshin / Chūshin gai
Here are some words and phrases you might get to hear when asking for directions…
Tsugi no tōri o hidari-e.
The next street to the left.
The next street to the right.
The street after the next.
When someone gives you directions, they’ll tell you that you need to take such-and-such street; turn left, and then follow another street…
Now, you might want to know whether it is far or not…
Well done, you have just finished today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it.