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Japan Standard Time and they are 9 hours ahead of UTC, which is coordinated universal time. Example of UTC would be Monday March 26 15:54 and you would 9 hours to that.

Basic Japanese Phrases

  1. Hello. 

こんにちは。 Konnichiwa. (kon-nee-chee-WAH)

  1. How are you? 

お元気ですか。 O-genki desu ka? (oh-GEN-kee dess-KAH?)

  1. Fine, thank you. 

元気です。 Genki desu. (GEN-kee dess)

  1. What is your name? 

お名前は何ですか。 O-namae wa nan desu ka? (oh-NAH-mah-eh wah NAHN dess-KAH?)

  1. My name is ____ . 

私の名前は ____ です。 Watashi no namae wa ____ desu. (wah-TAH-shee no nah-mah-eh wa ____ dess)

  1. Nice to meet you. 

始めまして。 Hajimemashite. (hah-jee-meh-MOSH-teh)

  1. Please. (request) 

お願いします。 Onegai shimasu. (oh-neh-gigh shee-moss)

  1. Please. (offer) 

どうぞ。 Dōzo. (DOH-zo)

  1. Thank you. 

どうもありがとう。 Dōmo arigatō. (doh-moh ah-ree-GAH-toh)

  1. You're welcome. 

どういたしまして。 Dō itashi mashite. (doh EE-tah-shee mosh-teh)

  1. Yes. 

はい。 Hai. (HIGH)

  1. No. 

いいえ。 Iie. (EE-eh)

  1. Excuse me. 

すみません。 Sumimasen. (soo-mee-mah-sen)

  1. I'm sorry. 

御免なさい。 Gomen-nasai. (goh-men-nah-sigh)

  1. Goodbye. (informal

それでは。 Sore dewa. (SOH-reh deh-wah)

  1. I can't speak Japanese [well]. 

日本語「よく」話せません。 Nihongo [yoku] hanasemasen. (nee-hohn-goh [yo-koo] hah-nah-seh-mah-sen)

  1. Do you speak English? 

英語を話せますか。 Eigo o hanasemasuka? (AY-goh oh hah-nah-seh-moss-KAH?)

  1. Is there someone here who speaks English? 

だれか英語を話せますか。 Dareka eigo o hanasemasuka? (dah-reh-kah AY-goh oh hah-nah-seh-moss-KAH?)

  1. I don't understand. 

わかりません。 Wakarimasen. (wah-kah-ree-mah-sen)

  1. Where is the toilet? 

トイレはどこですか。 Toire wa doko desu ka? (toy-reh wah DOH-koh dess kah?)

  1. Do you understand?

分かりますか。  Wakarimasu ka.?

  1.  How Much?

いくら    ikura?

  1. Byooin            Hospital

Phrase 1

  1. Otearai Toilet

Phrase 2

  1. Deguchi Exit
    Phrase 3
  2. Tasukete! Help!

Phrase 4

  1. Sumimasen. Excuse me, both as an apology and a way of getting someone's attention.
    Phrase 5
  2. Hajimemashite. Pleased to meet you.
    Phrase 6
  3. Where is the train Station?
    駅はどこにあるか
  4. What time is it? Nanji desu ka?
    何時にそれはあるか
  5. Taxi – Takushi
    タクシー
  6. Hotel – Hoteru
    ホテル
  7. Excuse me, I am lost. I do not speak Japanese. Please show me how to get ___________
    Suminasen, michi ni mayoi mashita. Nihongo o hanasemasen _______e no ikikata o oshiete kudasai.
    私を、私失われる許しなさい。 私は日本語を話さない。 私に得る方法を示しなさい
  8. Where is the  wa doko desu ka?
    あるところ
  9. Pardon? Nan desu ka?/ Nan to ii mashita-ka?
    許し
  10. Please say it in English. Eigo-de itte-kudasai
    英語のそれを言いなさい
  11. Could you write it down here? Koko-ni kai-te kuremasu-ka?
    ここにおろすそれを書くでしようか
  12. What does it mean? Donna imi desu-ka?
    それは何を意味するか
  13. Sunday nichiyoubi
    日曜日
  14. Monday getsuyoubi
    月曜日
  15. Tuesday Kayoubi
    火曜日
  16. Wednesday suiyoubi
    水曜日
  17. Thursday mokuyoubi
    木曜日
  18. Friday kin’youbi
    金曜日
  19. Saturday doyoubi
    土曜日
  20. I’m Lost Mayotte shimai mashita
    迷ってしまいました
  21. Can you help me? Tstsudatte kuremasuka
    手伝ってくれますか?
  22. I’m American Watashi wa Americka jin desu
    私はアメリカ人です
  23. What is This? Korewa nandesu ka?
    これは何ですか
  24. I need a doctor Byouin ni ikitai
    病院に行きたい
  25. I feel sick Choshi ga warui desu
    調子が悪いです

:Travel Precautions:

a. Scams
According to a recent survey by a private research firm, nearly half of all Internet fraud in Japan is now being done via so-called “one-click” scams, in which people receive spam mails inviting them to view a adult-oriented or tabloid-style site by clicking on a URL and subsequently receive bills containing aggressive demands for payment.
The Sankei Shimbun (Nov 5) reports that the consumer information advocate center operated by the Tokyo metropolitan government notes such frauds have become increasingly ingenious, leading to a rise in requests for assistance.
Shibuya-based Netstar Co Ltd, a database and content delivery service, determined that compared with the Oct-Dec period of 2005, during which time one-click fraud accounted for just 9% of all claims, the ratio during the July-Sept period of 2006 had risen to 48%.
These spam mails purport to offer such contents as “the inside scoop on showbiz celebrities” often featuring an opening page with icons that lead to photographs or moving images. The visitor to the site is encouraged to confirm that he is an adult and invited to register to receive a membership number. After they follow certain steps on the screen, a message reading “Registration complete,” pops up and they are instructed to transmit money to a bank account. Failure to pay results in aggressive spam mails threatening legal action and interest on delayed payment.
In June 2006, a 20-year-old Nagoya youth and several others were browbeaten into paying 74,000 yen to a 35-year-old systems engineer in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward. The man was apprehended at the request of the Kagawa prefectural police, but could not be charged due to the lack of a statute specifically prohibiting such activities.
“In the case of these fraudulent sites, seeing ‘Registration complete’ pop up on the screen doesn’t mean the fraudsters have actually obtained the user’s personal data,” says a spokesman for the Japan Data Processing Promotion Organization. “Mostly they’re just scare tactics. People should calm down and simply ignore the demands for payment.”

b. General safety
Those who cannot read the language will have trouble understanding road signs.  Highway tolls are assessed at about $1 (U.S.) per mile.  City traffic is often very congested.  A 20-mile trip in the Tokyo area may take two hours.  There is virtually no legal roadside parking.  In mountainous areas, roads are often closed during the winter, and cars should be equipped with tire chains.  Roads in Japan are much narrower than those in the United States.  Japanese compulsory insurance (JCI) is mandatory for all automobile owners and drivers in Japan.  Most short-term visitors choose not to drive in Japan.  Vehicular traffic moves on the left.  Turns at red lights are forbidden, unless specifically authorized.
Japanese law provides that all persons who drive in Japan are held liable in the event of an accident, and assesses fault in an accident on all parties.  Drivers stopped for driving under the influence of intoxicants will have their licenses confiscated.  Persons found guilty of "drunken, speeding or blatantly careless driving that results in injury" are subject to up to 15 years in prison.  The National Police Agency (NPA) oversees the administration and enforcement of traffic laws.  Further information in English is available on the NPA's web site at
Within Japan, please dial 110 for police, and 119 for ambulance.  For roadside assistance, please contact JAF (Japan Automobile Federation) at 03-5730-0111 in Tokyo, 072-645-0111 in Osaka, 011-857-8139 in Sapporo, 092-841-5000 in Fukuoka, or 098-877-9163 in Okinawa.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS:  Japan is faced with the ever-present danger of deadly earthquakes and typhoons.  Japan is one of the most seismically active locations in the world; minor tremors are felt regularly throughout the islands.  While responsibility for caring for disaster victims, including foreigners, rests with the Japanese authorities, one of the first things a traveler should do upon arriving in Japan is to learn about earthquake and disaster preparedness from hotel or local government officials.  Additional details on self-preparedness are available via the Internet at http://japan.usembassy.gov/acs and on the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) home page at


Agency (FEMA) home page at
Telephone call to your country costs a lot.
Why don't you bring a card which is issued by your telephone company with you.
If you are from US, AT&T or MCI card will be good to carry.
You just call an operator and tell them you want to have an international calling card.
They will send the telephone card and let your know the special access phone number to be able to make a direct call to your home
country.
If you are staying in a hotel, dial '0' to connect it to outside line.
c. Health warnings
motor vehicle trauma - wear seatbelts and avoid night driving

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"Convini" in Japanese is the shorten word and much popular than "Convenience
d. Money issues

 

 

 

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