Kyoto Stories and Tips

Let's Try Japanese!

Planning a trip to Kyoto? Don't speak a lick of Japanese? Fret not! Most tourists places in Kyoto are very accommodating to the English-speaking tourists! However, should you feel the urge to try your hand at Japanese, or if you want to be polite, I have constructed a quick cheat sheet to get you on your way!

Hello: Konnichiwa (ko-NEE-chee-WA)
Good Morning: Ohaiyo Gozaimasu (o-HAI-yo go-ZAI-mas)
Good Evening: Konbanwa (cone-ban-wah)
Thank you: Arigato Gozaimasu (a-ree-GAH-to go-ZAI-mas)
You're Welcome: Doitashimashite (DOE-ee-tash-ee-MOSH-tay)
Bathroom: Otearai (o-tay-ah-RAI)
Where is the (bathroom)?: (Otearai) wa doko desu ka? (o-tay-ah-rai wa doh-koh dess-ka?)
How much is it?: Ikura desu ka? (ICK-oo-rah DESS ka)
Please help me: Atsukete kudasai (Aht-SKATE-tay koo-da-SAI)
HELP!: ATSUKETE! (aht-skate-tay)
Is it/are you okay?: Daijoubu? (dai-JO-boo)
Hospital: Byooin (BYO-een)
I like it: Suki desu (SKEE dess)
I don't like it: Sukimasen (skee ma-SEN)
Taxi: Takushi (tah-koo-SHEE)
Hotel: Hoteru (ho-TEH-roo)
Bus: Basu (BAH-soo)
Beer: Biru (BEE-roo)
Water: Mizu (MEE-zu)
Tea: Ocha (OH-cha)
Coffee: Kohi (KOH-hee)
Cold (weather): Samui (sah-MOO-ee)
Hot (weather): Atsui (aht-SOO-ee)
Please (give or do): Onegaishimasu (oh-neh-GAI-shee-MAS)
Please (go ahead): Dozo (DOH-zo)
A beer, please: Biru, onegaishimasu!

This is just a short list, mostly for tourists. But the Japanese always appreciate a foreigner who tries the Japanese language. It's easier than you think! Give it a try!

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