Signs in Japanese

After this free lesson you’ll avoid potential embarrassment and frustration by understanding signs in Japanese! Knowing these useful Japanese words will ensure you’ll never walk into the wrong restroom, light up in a no-smoking area, or have your car towed from a no-parking spot.


Most of the time you’ll probably only need to recognize the written Japanese phrase, but we’ve included audio so you can listen to the Japanese pronunciation. This way you’ll be able to ask if something is open or closed, or more importantly, on sale!

Let's begin this free audio lesson on signs in Japanese!

How to pronounce signs in Japanese

おんな / じょし

女 / 女子

Onna / Joshi

Ladies

おとこ / だんし

男 / 男子

Otoko / Danshi

Gentleman

ひく

引く

Hiku

Pull

おす

押す

Osu

Push

かいてん / えいぎょう ちゅう

開店 / 営業中

Kaiten / Eigyō chū

Open

へいてん

閉店

Heiten

Closed

えいぎょう じかん

営業時間

Eigyō jikan

The opening hours

ちゅうしゃ きんし

駐車禁止

Chūsha kinshi

No parking

Japanes subway sign

When you buy food in a supermarket and don’t intend to eat it straight away it might pay to check the ‘best before date’ to avoid nasty surprises…

しょうみ きげん

賞味期限

Shōmi kigen

The best before date

…まで に おめし あがり ください

…までにお召し上がり下さい

…made ni omeshi agari kudasai

Best before...

Most restaurants have a smoking and a non- smoking area. There is a big discussion in Japan at the moment over whether to ban smoking in public buildings altogether. In the meantime it might be helpful to learn what “Kin-en” means.

きつえん せき

喫煙席

Kitsu-en seki

The smoking area

きんえん せき

禁煙席

Kin-en seki

The non-smoking area

きんえん

禁煙

Kin-en!

No smoking!

Japanese no smoking sign

Sometimes you will see big bright colored signs in nearly every store window. There must be a sale on…

ねびき

値引き

Nebiki

Discount

かくやす

格安

Kakuyasu

Reduced

バーゲン セール

-

Bāgen Sēru

The bargain

That’s it for this lesson. I hope you had fun!

For more lessons on Japanese vocabulary I recommend these!

Sayōnara!

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Sayaka Matsuura
Rocket Japanese


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