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

ちかてつ

地下鉄

Chikatetsu

Subway

でんしゃ

電車

Densha

Train

きっぷ / チケット

切符 / チケット

Kippu / Chiketto

Ticket

ホーム

-

Hōmu

Platform

せん

Sen

Line

りょうきん

料金

Ryōkin

Fare

えき

Eki

Station

のりかえ えき

乗り換え駅

Norikae eki

Interchange station

ホーム かかりいん

ホーム係員

Hōmu kakariin

Platform attendant

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:

でんしゃ が とうちゃく します

電車が到着します

Densha ga tōchaku shimasu

The train is arriving.

せん の うちがわ で おまち ください

線の内側でお待ち下さい

Sen no uchigawa de omachi kudasai

Please stand behind the line.

ドア(とびら) が ひらきます

ドア(扉)が開きます

Doa (tobi-ra) ga hirakimasu

The doors are opening.

ドア(とびら) が しまり ます

ドア(とびら)が閉まります

Doa (tobi-ra) ga shimari masu

The doors are closing.

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

ここ に すわって も いいです か?

ここに座ってもいいですか?

Koko ni suwatte mo iidesu ka?

Can I sit here?

(これは)あなた の かばん です か?

(これは)あなたの鞄ですか?

(Kore wa) anata no kaban desu ka?

Is this your bag?

ここ に おすわり ください

ここにお座り下さい

Koko ni osuwari kudasai

Please sit here.

すみません、これ おとしました よ

すみません、これ落としましたよ

Sumimasen, kore otoshimashita yo

Excuse me, you dropped this.

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.

すみません...

-

Sumimasen...

Excuse me...

まよって しまい ました、 たすけて くれません か?

迷ってしまいました、助けてくれませんか?

Mayotte shimai mashita, tasukete kuremasen ka?

I'm lost, can you help me?

これ は なに せん です か?

これは何線ですか?

Kore wa nani sen desu ka?

What line is this?

___せん は どこです か?

___線は何処ですか?

___ sen wa dokodesu ka?

Where can I find the ____ line?

Have a safe trip!

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Sayōnara!

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Sayaka Matsuura
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