Getting Around in Japan – Let’s Talk Tickets!

The last thing you want is to get lost in Japan. That means you need to know how to buy bus and train tickets, and talk about where you want to go. You’ll need to make requests such as, “two adult tickets, please,” and “two child and two adult tickets, please.” You also need to be able to tell the clerk where you want to go and when you want to leave! The experience can be intimidating, but not if you know what to ask for. This Newbie Japanese article will teach you what you need to know to get around in Japan. Master the modes of transportation, and how to ask for reserved and non-reserved seats. You’ll learn to talk about adults, children, and students, and how to ask for the number of tickets you need in Japanese. This Japanese article is designed to hachi-papa help you get around in the real world. It’s invaluable!

Vocabulary: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

Matsumoto – “a name of a city in Nagano prefecture”

otona – “adult”

mai – “counter for thin flat things”

jiyuuseki – “unreserved seat”

kippu – “(train) ticket”

yotei – “plans, arrangement, schedule”

mazu – “first of all”

kyoo – “today, this day”

Nagano-ken – “Nagano prefecture”

azusa nigoo – “name of an express train”

ikimasu – “to go” (-masu form)

Grammar: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

Useful Vocabulary and Phrases:


otona “adult”


Please also review the following vocabulary:

kodomo “child”

gakusei “student”




Mai is a counter for thin, flat objects such as paper, tickets, etc.

How Many? / Japanese

one / ichi-mai

two / ni-mai

three / san-mai

four / yon-mai

five / go-mai

six / roku-mai

seven / nana-mai

eight / hachi-mai

nine / kyuu-mai

ten / juu-mai

How many? / nan-mai




Otona ichi-mai onegaishimasu. “One adult, please.”
Gakusei ni-mai onegaishimasu. “Two tickets for students, please.”
Kodomo, san-mai onegaishimasu. “Three tickets for kids, please.”
jiyuu-seki “non-reserved seat”


Reserved seats are called shitei-seki




Shiteiseki, otona ichi-mai onegaishimasu. “I’d like a reserved seat (ticket) for an adult.”
Jiy-seki, otona ichimai, kodomo ichimai onegaishimasu. “I’d like three non-reserved seats for kids and one reserved seat for an adult.”
Today’s Target Phrase

Matsumoto ni ikimasu.

“We are going to Matsumoto.”


Please review the following vocabulary:

Matsumoto – “the name of a city in Nagano prefecture”

ni – “a particle indicating direction”

ikimasu – “to go” (masu form)

The particle ni marks the place or goal towards which the action moves.


Sentence Pattern


Subject / wa / Place or Direction / ni / ikimasu

Watashi / wa / daigaku / ni / ikimasu.

Watashi / wa / Matsumoto / ni / ikimasu.

Kore / wa / eki / ni / ikimasu.

Kono basu / wa / Tokyo-eki / ni / ikimasu.

Kono densha / wa / Nagano-eki / ni / ikimasu.

Azusa-nigoo / wa / Matsumoto-eki / ni / ikimasu.


* basu “bus”

* eki “eki”

* densha “train”

To instantly access complete 10-15 minute audio lessons (a native Japanese teacher and additional hosts explain the lesson dialogue, vocabulary, phrases, and grammar in detail) and PDF lesson notes (detailed explanation of dialogue, vocabulary, phrases, and grammar), and to interact with other Japanese language learners, visit the link below:

Start Speaking in Japanese in Minutes! If you’re going on a trip, studying for school, or learning to talk with friends, colleagues, or that special someone, then these audio lessons are the perfect solution for you. Fun, convenient, and above all–they work. Your friends and colleagues will be utterly shocked at not only your amazing new language skills, but also the cultural insight, current events, pop culture, history, and many more things you’ll learn from each lesson. With just 15 minutes a day, these audio lessons will arm you with the tools to become fluent fast.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *