The Back to School 4-Day Sale
Apply coupon: SCHOOL

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).

Practice Your Pronunciation With Rocket Record

Rocket Record lets you perfect your Japanese pronunciation. Just listen to the native speaker audio and then use the microphone icon to record yourself. Once you’re done, you’ll get a score out of 100 on your pronunciation and can listen to your own audio playback. (Use a headset mic for best results.) Problems? Click here!

ようこそ

ようこそ

yōkoso

welcome

Resources for further reading:

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

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

どうぞ

dōzo

here you are / please / by all means

どうぞ、召し上がってみてください。

どうぞ、 めしあがって みて ください。

Dōzo, meshiagatte mite kudasai.

Please, try (it).

はい、どうぞ。

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 (okaerinasai).

お帰りなさい

おかえりなさい

okaerinasai

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 (īe) will do.

どういたしまして

どういたしまして

dōitashimashite

you are welcome / don't mention it

いいえ

いいえ

īe

no / don't mention it

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

じゃあ また! (Jā mata!)

Sayaka Matsuura: Rocket Japanese

Make It Stick With Rocket Reinforcement

Reinforce your learning from this lesson with the Rocket Reinforcement activities!