TRAINS

Vocabulary

kinen seki

non-smoking seat

kinen sha

non-smoking car

shite seki/sha

reserved seat/car

jiyū seki/sha

non-reserved seat/car

manseki

sold out/fully booked

jōshaken

the extra part of your ticket that makes it reserved; the conductor will ask for it

 

If you have a JR rail pass and want a reserved seat on the Shinkansen, you'll have to pay extra and get one.

 

fomu/homu

platform

~ bansen

track no. ~

~ bansha

car no. ~

tsugi

next train

kondo

the train after that

kakueki teisha

stop at every stop train/local train

junkyū

local express/ kyūkō express train

~ yuki (densha)

~ bound (train)

 

Hikari

the express Shinkansen heading south from Tokyo

Kodama

the non-express heading south from Tokyo

Nozomi

the special, fastest Shinkansen heading south from Tokyo

Yamabiko

the express Shinkansen heading north from Tokyo

Aoba

the non-express Shinkansen heading north from Tokyo

the MAX

the special, fastest Shinkansen heading north from Tokyo

 

Phrases

I want a reserved seat.

Shite seki ga hoshi/ Shite seki ga yoyaku shitai.

Which one is (ones are) the non-smoking, non-reserved car(s)?

Jiyū seki no kinen sha wa dochi desu ka?*

Where is the platform for the Tokyo-bound Shinkansen?

Tokyo yuki Shinkansen no fomu wa doko desu ka?*

Which platform is for Chūō line?

Chūō-sen no fomu wa nan ban/dochi desu ka?*

Is the next stop Akihabara?

Tsugi wa Akihabara desu ka?*

Does this train go to Ariake?

Kono densha wa Ariake e ikimasu ka?*

Does this train stop at Harajuku?

Kono densha wa Harajuku de tomarimasu ka?*

Which train should I take to go to Nakano?

Nakano wa, dono densha ni noreba yoi desu ka?*

Where should I change trains to go to Ikebukuro?

Ikebukuro wa doko de norikae desu ka?*

Orimasu. (!)

What to say when you're having trouble trying to get off a crowded train/elevator/bus.

*Phrases which would be more polite if begun with Sumimasen.

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