Welcome in Japanese

How to say "Welcome" in Japanese

There are a few ways to welcome someone in Japanese, but the most common or generic phrase you will hear is ようこそ (yōkoso).

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ようこそ!

Yōkoso!

Welcome!

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If you are a customer walking into a shop, you would hear いらっしゃいませ (Irasshaimase).

いらっしゃいませ!

Irasshaimase!

Welcome! (to customers)

Informally, you might hear どうぞ (dōzo) as a kind of welcome or invitation. Generally it is used when permission is given.

どうぞ

dōzo

please; here you go

どうぞ召し上がってみてください。

Dōzo meshiagatte mite kudasai.

Please, try [it].

はい、どうぞ。

Hai, dōzo.

Yes, please / you are welcome to.

If you want to welcome someone back (normally at home), it's common to use the phrase おかえり なさい (okaeri nasai).

お帰りなさい。

おかえり なさい。

Okaeri nasai.

Welcome back / Welcome home

How to say "You're welcome" in Japanese

If you want to say "you're welcome" in reply to thanks, you can use the phrase どういたしまして (dōitashimashite) or just a casual いいえ (iie) will do.

どういたしまして

Dōitashimashite

You're welcome.

いいえ

iie

No / Don't mention it

If you want more lessons on Japanese salutations then I recommend that you check out the following:

Jā matta!

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