Where in Japanese

Imagine you’re traveling in Japan and you need to ask for directions in Japanese… what’s the word for where in Japanese? And how do you get there?
 
This free online lesson will teach you some essential travel Japanese so you can catch a train, find your hotel and navigate your way around the city.

Asking Where in Japanese

どこ

何処

doko

where

Asking for directions

One of the first places you might want to find when arriving in an unfamiliar city could be the tourist information center. If you need to ask a stranger for directions, try this polite question form:

かんこう あんないしょ へは どうやって いけば いいですか?

観光案内所へはどうやって行けばいいですか?

Kankō annaisho ewa dōyatte ikeba iidesuka?

Can you tell me where to find the tourist information center?

That was a polite way to ask for directions to the information center but if you're looking for the easiest way to ask where something is, you'll simply need to say "... は どこですか?" (... wa dokodesuka?) after the name of the place. 

Here are some places you might be looking for:

はくぶつかん

博物館

Hakubutsukan

Museum

びじゅつかん

美術館

Bijyutsukan

Art exhibition

いしつぶつ とりあつかいじょ

遺失物取扱所

Ishitsubutsu toriatsukaijyo

Lost property office

えき

Eki

Train station

バス てい

バス停

Basu tei

Bus stop

びょういん

病院

Byōin

Hospital

こうしゅう トイレ

公衆トイレ

Kōshū toire

Public restroom / toilet

ぎんこう

銀行

Ginkō

Bank

ホテル

-

Hoteru

Hotel

レストラン

-

Resutoran

Restaurant

スーパー /  スーパーマーケット

-

Sūpā / Sūpāmāketto

Supermarket

やっきょく

薬局

Yakkyoku

Pharmacy

くうこう

空港

Kūkō

Airport

Try practicing these example sentences:

びじゅつかん は どこ ですか?

美術館はどこですか?

Bijyutsukan wa doko desuka?

Where is the art exhibition?

えき は どこ ですか?

駅はどこですか?

Eki wa doko desuka?

Where is the train station?

ぎんこう は どこ ですか?

銀行はどこですか?

Ginkō wa doko desuka?

Where is the bank?

Saying thank you

If you need to stop someone on the street or disturb a shopkeeper remember to excuse yourself first and thank them for their time!

すみません

-

Sumimasen

Excuse me (polite)

あの...

 

Ano...

Excuse me (casual interjection)

しつれい しました...

失礼しました...

Shitsurei shimashita...

Excuse me (formal)

おいそがしい ところ、 しつれい しました

お忙しいところ、失礼しました

Oisogashī tokoro, shitsurei shimashita.

Thanks for your time, sorry for disturbing you (formal)

どうも ありがとう ございました

-

Domo arigatō gozaimashita

Thank you very much

That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the lesson!

Find out all about asking Japanese questions in this series of lessons. Make sure you listen to the audio and practice your Japanese pronunciation. And do the Japanese tests at the end of each lesson to reinforce your knowledge of Japanese questions!

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