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Going out in Japanese

In this lesson we will introduce some popular kinds of entertainment in Japan and learn some words that will come in handy when talking about going out in Japanese.

You will never run out of things to do in Tokyo. Whether you're looking for a fun-packed time or a quiet night out, Tokyo is famous for its night life!

Resources for further reading:

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Talking About Going Out in Japanese

When making plans in Japanese with your friends, try using these phrases:

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今夜どこに行きますか?

こんや どこ に いきます か?

Konya doko ni ikimasu ka?

Where (should we) go tonight?

行こう!

いこう!

Ikō!

Let's go!

楽しそう!

たのしそう!

Tanoshisō!

(That) sounds like fun!

何時に会いますか?

なん じ に あいます か?

Nan-ji ni aimasu ka?

What time (should we) meet?

何時に仕事終わりますか?

なん じ に しごと おわります か?

Nan-ji ni shigoto owarimasu ka?

What time do (you) finish work?

どこで会いますか?

どこ で あい ます か?

Doko de aimasu ka?

Where (should we) meet?

まず何か食べましょう!

まず なに か たべましょう!

Mazu nanika tabemashō!

Let's (get) something to eat first!

Here are some places your Japanese friends might take you to:

映画館

えいがかん

eigakan

cinema

クラブ

クラブ

kurabu

club

カラオケ

カラオケ

karaoke

karaoke bar / karaoke

デパート

デパート

depāto

department store

劇場

げきじょう

gekijō

theater

スタジアム

スタジアム

sutajiamu

stadium

You can suggest the night's plans with these helpful phrases:

映画を観ますか?

えいが を みます か?

Eiga o mimasu ka?

(Should we) watch a movie?

クラブに行きますか?

クラブ に いきます か?

Kurabu ni ikimasu ka?

(Should we) go clubbing?

夕食を食べに行きますか?

ゆうしょく を たべ に いきます か?

Yūshoku o tabe ni ikimasu ka?

(Should we) go out for dinner?

。。。に行きますか?

。。。に いきます か?

...ni ikimasu ka?

(Should we) go to...?

You are sure to meet new people and make new friends when you're out and about, so don't forget to revise your vocabulary on introducing yourself and making small talk. Have fun! Here are a few recommended Japanese lessons to try next:

さようなら! (Sayōnara!) "Good bye!"

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