Taking the Subway in Japan

If you are visiting Japan, you will most likely need to hop on a train at some point. It's a cheap way to travel longer distances and see as much of the city as you can. The Tokyo subway system is the most used subway system in the world and is very extensive. If it's your first time on the trains, you might need some help figuring it all out.

 Today we'll learn how to pronounce subway in Japanese and the common phrases you'll hear in a Japanese subway station and other useful vocabulary and phrases to make your train travels fun and easy!

After this free audio lesson you'll be a master on taking the subway in Japan!

How to say Subway in Japanese

Like other major cities, the subway during peak hours is very busy so try to avoid travelling during rush hours if you can. Don't be alarmed by the platform attendants (also known as "oshiya") who help organize passengers onto the train during these peak hours. They are there to guide passengers into doors with more room but they will also help the doors close if the carriages are overflowing with people! 

Here are some phrases you might hear while waiting for your train:

During your train ride, you might need to use these phrases to interact with other passengers:

Finally, don't be too shy to ask for help if you can't navigate the maps. If you can't find a fellow passenger to help you, look for the subway staff who will be able to show you where to go.

Have a safe trip!

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